Comets lack offensive drive in loss to Demons


By Carl Sullenberger - For the News-Times



Photos by Carl Sullenberger | Amherst News-Times Sydney Clark tries to maintain possession during a second half Comets drive last Wednesday against the defense of Demon Jolie Bogart. Amherst lost the match 2-0.


Westlake’s Maisy Bogart and Meredith Hansen team up to strip the ball from Comet Sarah Miller. The Demons’ effective defense held Amherst scoreless.


Late in the second half of Wednesday’s match with Westlake, Lexi Alston tries to drive toward the net around Demons defender Adalee Ratycz.


After a stunning 11-1 win Monday over the Elyria Pioneers, the Lady Comets fell 2-0 last Wednesday to a nimble Westlake soccer team.

Amherst has outscored opponents 32-24 but sits on a 4-7-3 overall record. However, the more important record is in the Southwestern Conference, where the Comets have had a 3-3-2 season.

They were unable to offset the Demons offense as Samantha Jablonski, Madyson Maynard, Jolie Bogart, and fullback Peyton Rimko out-maneuvered Amherst players most of the match.

There were many notable performances for the Comets. Sydney Clark displayed excellent footwork and ball control. Bailee Pihlblad kept the defense in line and made two shots. Kerey Babinsky, Taylor Pogachar, Lexi Alston, and Cameron Dumais made shots for Amherst.

In the first half, Westlake took the initiative, keeping pressure on the Comets midfield and backs. Though Michelle Kissane had to make only one save, Amherst’s backs had to block several drives and seven shots. The Comets were able to take only two shots, one on goal, in the period.

The lone score in the first half was by Jablonski. She made a solo drive inside the box for an angled chip shot. The early 1-0 lead came at 18:09 remaining in the half.

The second half started more promising for Amherst. Comets Pogachar, Pihlblad, and Dumais all made shots within the first eight minutes of play.

However, Westlake’s defense, led by Rimko, kept Amherst from any serious scoring threat and its offense managed a second goal five and a half minutes into the half. Jablonski caught a pass from teammate Maynard. She had a clear shot from right, creasing the net for the final goal of the game and the SWC win.

Westlake had six shots, two on goal in the second period. Kissane had two saves in the second half and Demons keeper Katarina Jamsek had two in the match. The Demons also had the only yellow card in the game.

Photos by Carl Sullenberger | Amherst News-Times Sydney Clark tries to maintain possession during a second half Comets drive last Wednesday against the defense of Demon Jolie Bogart. Amherst lost the match 2-0.

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Photos by Carl Sullenberger | Amherst News-Times Sydney Clark tries to maintain possession during a second half Comets drive last Wednesday against the defense of Demon Jolie Bogart. Amherst lost the match 2-0.

Westlake’s Maisy Bogart and Meredith Hansen team up to strip the ball from Comet Sarah Miller. The Demons’ effective defense held Amherst scoreless.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/43/2016/10/web1_Amherst-Girls-Soccer-vs-Westlake-2.jpgWestlake’s Maisy Bogart and Meredith Hansen team up to strip the ball from Comet Sarah Miller. The Demons’ effective defense held Amherst scoreless.

Late in the second half of Wednesday’s match with Westlake, Lexi Alston tries to drive toward the net around Demons defender Adalee Ratycz.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/43/2016/10/web1_Amherst-Girls-Soccer-vs-Westlake-3.jpgLate in the second half of Wednesday’s match with Westlake, Lexi Alston tries to drive toward the net around Demons defender Adalee Ratycz.

By Carl Sullenberger

For the News-Times