• A 2-2 draw against Olmsted Falls left the Comets tied with the Bulldogs for first place in the Southwestern Conference.
Miracle saves by Bulldogs keeper Mackenzie Simon and Amherst goalie Ainsley Steele kept the score nil at the half.
That changed three minutes into the second half when Anna Dudziak played in Lexy Alston for a Comets goal. After a long back-and-forth, Olmsted Falls’ Jordan Fusco scored on a long kick to tie.
Elley Vorhees fed Alston for her second goal of the night with 5:39 left and Amherst led 2-1. That advantage didn’t last long — within two minutes, a Falls free kick evened the score.
Simon ended with 12 saves and Steele had nine.
• Lexy Alton and Nora Wright combined to score and Juliet Seng fed Alston the ball again as the Comets varsity girls topped Parma Padua on Breast Cancer Awareness Night.
Amherst outshot the Bruins 20-11 in the lopsided non-conference victory.
Keeper Ainsley Steele had eight saves for her sixth shutout of the year. The Comets improved to 6-1-1.
• Olmsted Falls delivered a tough 2-1 defeat in Southwestern Conference play.
The Comets got on the board first in the eighth minute when junior Ethan London volleyed a ball from the top of the box into the back of the net.
However, two minutes later the game was turned on its head when senior Bradley Kirsch drew a red card while stopping a scoring threat. Amherst battled hard with 10 men and managed four to five good chances but was unable to convert.
The Bulldogs scored twice in the first half to take a 2-1 lead into halftime, keeping it until the final whistle.
• Amherst fell to Midview 220-251. CeCe Iliff 50, Rosalyn Friend 54, Melissa Wright 54, Addisyn Spakes 62.
• Amherst defeated Avon Lake 204-170 at Sweetbriar Golf Course. Juliana Gillette 46, Rosalyn Friend 51, CeCe Iliff 52, Ayalis Vicens 55.
Girls Cross Country
• At the Galion Invitational on Saturday, the Comets finished seventh in a field of more than 20 teams, including three schools that are state-ranked.
Finishing in the top 30 were Amherst’s Victoria Bailey (15th, 20:40), Cassidy Hill (19th, 20:51), and Kalyn Potyrala (30th, 21:08).
Following were Kayla Snowden (57th, 22:25), Kaylee Haff (71st, 22:55), Leah Gerke (86th, 23:44), and Marisa Del Valle (93rd, 23:59).
The Amherst junior varsity team also competed. Freshman Angelina Williams (46th, 24:23) was the first finisher for the Comets JV, followed by Liah Miller (73rd, 25:04), Courtney Cogdell (79th, 25:14), Marissa Anaya (109th, 26:03), Alicyn Harris (119th, 26:27), Emma Sekerak (125th, 26:40), Montana Griffiths (142nd, 27:15), Estella Woodworth (151st, 27:43), Hannah Farley (157th, 28:10),Noelle McNatt (163rd, 28:26), Mariana Gilles (192nd, 29:35), Lauren Feakins (227th, 31:55),Erin McGuire (228th, 31:55), Cassidy Cser (231st, 32:33), Ally Szczepanik (235th, 32:56), and McKenna Kessler (241st, 33:41).
The girls now have a record of 49-24 and will split their squad this week. The JV runs Saturday morning at the Valley Forge Invitational, while the varsity travels that evening to the Saturday Night Lights Invitational in Centerville.
Boys Cross Country
• Amherst placed 16th out of 42 Division 1 teams Saturday at the Boardman Spartan Invitational
The squad was led by senior Josh Hill, who placed sixth out of 356 runners with a time of 16:33.
Finishing in the top five for the varsity Comets were Devin Baumgartner (18:16, 113th), Jacob Raesler (18:19, 119th), Matthew Kirsch (18:31.2, 142nd) and Cael Walker (18:31, 143rd).
The junior varsity squad placed 29th out of 38 teams. Issac Davis was the first to cross the line in 20:33.1 and finished 103rd out of 303 runners. He was followed by Nick Glahn (20:35, 109th), Forest Hampton (21:45.6, 185th), Caleb Cabrera (22:20, 221st) and Nate Hubbard (22:40 and 229th).
The open boys were led by Ben Brogan, who placed 238th out of 510 runners and crossed the line with a time of 22:51.
Junior High Cross Country
• The Amherst Junior High runners faced humid conditions and a long course at the Avon Race to Remember.
Catherine Turner, Aurora Wilson, Ella Baker, Jessie Boonekamp, and Natalie Raesler scored for the girls. Jeff Keiffer, Joseph Miller, Manny Trevino, Owen Davis, and Jeff Rangel scored for the boys. Despite the long course, Morgan Kessler, Evan Draga, Ryan Campana, and Manny Trevino all had personal best times.
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