BOYS SOCCER: Pioneers fall under hail of Comets shots

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A 3-0 victory Monday over Elyria advanced the Comets boys soccer team to a 3-3 record.

In only the second home game of the year, Amherst picked up where it left off Saturday night (a 7-1 win at Elyria Catholic) and controlled the play in the first half with patient possession in the midfield and overlapping runs from the outside defenders.

The Comets’ first goal came 18 minutes in when junior captain Joey Yochheim found the upper corner of the net from 20 yards out off an assist from senior Allen Matakovich.

The half ended with the Comets up 1-0 as they failed to convert a few great opportunities while outshooting the Warriors 13-0 in the half.

Goal number two came 20 minutes into the second as junior Ben Biedenbach placed the ball in the side netting with a nice left-footed shot. Fellow junior Bradley Kirsch had the assist on the goal.

Ten minutes later, senior Xavier Potts scored the third and final goal off an assist from sophomore Camden Gross. Potts nearly added another goal minutes later on a diving header off a cross from Yochheim but the ball hit the bottom of the crossbar and bounced out.

The Comets outshot the Warriors 28-5 on the night. Ryan Rigsby earned his second shutout of the season in goal and the Amherst defense was outstanding, led by seniors Kyle Mantin and Matthew Naelitz.

The junior varsity team moved its record to 2-2 with a 4-2 win. Sophomore Caleb Stempowski scored twice while junior Jacob Rakar and freshman Dylan Simulcik also found the back of the net. Rakar also registered two assists.

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