BOYS SOCCER: Come-from-behind, back on track

For the News-Times

Injuries have plagued the Comets varsity boys for two weeks, resulting in five straight losses after a blistering 4-0 start to the fall soccer season.

A 3-2 come-from-behind win Saturday over Clay proved they are getting healthy again.

The first half ended in a 0-0 tie despite numerous Amherst opportunities on goal, including a couple of misses on open nets after beating Clay sweeper-keeper Trevor Juski.

The second half was much more entertaining — Amherst got on the board first when junior Carter Hancock played teammate Gavin Velazquez in on goal. Velazquez put the ball in the side netting for the 1-0 lead.

The game became physical and Clay went up 2-1 after 30 minutes behind two converted penalty kicks from Ruger Wamer.

Velazquez quickly leveled the score at 2-2 on a brilliant volley over the keeper’s head from 40 yards out. The sensational goal fired the Comets up and they attacked Clay’s defense relentlessly for the next three minutes until senior Bradley Kirsch found teammate Ethan London in front of goal for the game winner.

In the junior varsity game, Clay defeated the young Comets by a score of 2-0. Kyle Dumais had three saves in goal for Amherst.

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