BOYS SOCCER: Rigsby creates a wall while Rakar and O’Connor score

Staff Report

Junior goalkeeper Ryan Rigsby racked up eight saves Saturday for his first varsity career shutout as the Comets topped Midview 2-0 in boys soccer action.

After being rained out Saturday, Midview and Amherst met Monday in a Southwestern Conference match.

Trying to establish a rhythm, the Comets possessed the ball well for the first five to 10 minutes but didn’t create quality chances. The final 30 minutes of the half belonged to the Middies, who closed down the midfield and put up nine shots to Amherst’s five.

The Comets boys changed their shape in the second half and were able to balance out the play.

Eleven minutes into the second half, senior Michael Rakar played a lofted ball over the top and senior forward Colin O’Connor beat Midview keeper Cole Thompson to the ball, floating it over his head toward goal. O’Connor was first to the bouncing ball and tucked it home with a sliding finish just before it crossed the endline wide of the goal.

Midview continued to attack and was unlucky not to score on a number of free kicks just outside the Amherst penalty box.

With just over seven minutes remaining, the Comets made it 2-0 on their fifth corner kick of the night as senior Max Varouh curled a left-footed inswinger toward the near post, where it deflected off a Middies defender and ended up in the back of the net.

On Saturday night in junior varsity action, the Comets won a rain-shortened game 1-0.

Sophomore Michael Shorts scored the only goal of the contest and freshmen goalkeeper Austin Becker recorded his first high school shutout.

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