The Comets wore blue socks and the Panthers wore blue tape on their wrists and ankles Saturday night to honor state trooper Kenneth Velez.
The show of support for the fallen trooper’s family came during a non-conference boys soccer game that ended 5-2 in Amherst’s favor as the Steele boys outshot their Elyria Catholic opponents 24-12.
EC got on the board first when Gavin Velazquez made a run across the Amherst backline and calmly finished far post past Amherst goalkeeper Ryan Rigsby.
Amherst Steele senior striker Colin O’Connor answered right back with a beautiful 30-yarder. O’Connor found the back of the net again six minutes later and finished the night with a hat trick.
Sophomore midfielder Bradley Kirsch scored the first varsity goal of his career on another 30-yarder that went off the crossbar and in, and Ben Biedenbach, who had an assist, added to the scoreboard with a goal of his own for the Comets.
Jacob Snowden, Kyle Mantin, Aiden Serrano, and O’Connor all registered assists.
Rigsby had a relatively easy night in the Amherst goal with just two saves. Elyria Catholic had a tougher time as Jakob Hwang picked up three and Brice Hileman had four saves.