Goalkeeper Dominic Balier stopped Colin O’Connor short of scoring points for the Comets twice last Wednesday in a match that ended 3-1 in Berea-Midpark’s favor.
The Titans looked every bit like a team coming off a 14-3-1 season last year, forcing Amherst keeper Ryan Rigsby to make big saves in the first 10 minutes of play.
The Comets adjusted and mounted a few good attacks of their own midway through the half. The score was level at zero until six minutes remained, when Berea-Midpark senior Adam Wade combined with senior Danny Sasak on a give-and-go and slotted the ball past Rigsby for a 1-0 lead.
The Titans put up 17 shots on the half with Rigsby coming up big with eight saves.
More even play came in the second half as the Amherst defense found its pace. The Comets outshot their opponents 6-4 but Wade and Sasak put the Titans up 3-0 with 30 minutes remaining.
Amherst continued to battle and got on the board with nine minutes remaining when Allen Matakovich put O’Connor in on goal with a nice ball down the left side. O’Connor slotted the ball past the oncoming goalkeeper to make the score 3-1.
It looked like the Comets had made it 3-2 a few minutes later when Michael Rakar beat the left back and crossed the ball to O’Connor, who put it in the top of the net. The play was called back by the assistant referee’s flag and a foul was called on the play.
In the junior varsity game, Amherst defeated Berea-Midpark 5-2.
Freshman Caleb Stempowski had four goals while Ethan London, also a freshman, recorded three assists.
Alex Dodrill scored for the Comets while Will Domain and Brendan Coughlin chipped in with an assist apiece.