O’Connor puts one up for Comets in 2-1 loss

Staff Report

The seventh-ranked Bulldogs downed the Comets varsity boys 2-1 last Wednesday, but it was Amherst that came out hot in the opening minutes of the Southwestern Conference match.

A diagonal ball from senior Michael Rakar put fellow senior Colin O’Connor in a one-on-one showdown with Olmsted Falls goalkeeper Austin Mitchell, who came up with a big save.

The Bulldogs out-possessed the Comets for the rest of the half but the Amherst backline stayed compact and limited shooting opportunities.

Midway through the half, Mickey Kasputis beat two Amherst defenders at the top of the box to find himself facing the keep alone, but junior Ryan Rigsby came off his line for an outstanding sliding stop. Rigsby had eight saves on the night.

The first half ended scoreless with Olmsted Falls holding a 10-5 shot advantage.

Two ‘Dogs goals lit up the board in the first seven minutes of the second half — one by senior Cameron Robinson and one by Kasputis.

The Comets responded with urgency and increased their time in possession but didn’t threaten the Olmsted Falls goal until there was one second left on the clock.

Junior Matthew Naelitz found O’Connor on the left side of the goal and the senior placed a fine shot inside the far post for the Comets’ lone goal.

In the junior varsity game, Amherst defeated Olmsted Falls 2-0.

The Comets saw goals from Sean Coughlin and Caleb Stempowski, Ethan London assisting on both to up his season total to six.

Goalkeeper Austin Becker recorded his second shutout of the year.

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