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Lady Comets open OHSAA Playoffs with a win over Nordonia

Stop.  Hammer Time.  Lady Comets open OHSAA Playoffs with a win over Nordonia

It was a crisp fall evening last night and a good crowd was on-hand at Stewart Field to watch the #4 seeded Lady Comets defeat the #5 seeded Nordonia Knights by a score of 4-1.

The Comets struck quickly when 4 mins into the game, Jackie Rzepka drilled a ball off a Nordonia defender that found its way across the goal line.  Macarah Morgan had lofted a ball up the right side that Jackie ran down.  A Nordonia defender attempted to clear, but Jackie headed the ball past her and then sent a shot screaming toward the goal that bounced around and rolled in.  It was a tremendous individual effort by #2 and put the Comets in great position early in the game.

Nicollee Hammer put the Comets up 2-0 at the 25-minute mark taking a gorgeous pass from Carley Goldberg and hard-passing it into the corner of the north goal.  Carley took a pass from Alli Maersch up the left side and turning inside, played a beautiful through ball to Nicollee, who took 2 touches and then pushed it past a charging Nordonia keeper, who had come off her line once it became clear that no Knight defender was going to be able to help her because Carley’s pass was just perfect.

Nordonia was able to get one back a few minutes before the half when a foul was called about 30 yards out.  The Nordonia free kick was a looping drive that was so high, it went over the head of a jumping Syd Kowit and somehow found the south goal.  The score was 2-1 Comets, but Nordonia definitely took some momentum into the half. 

The Comets opened the second half playing with a sense of urgency and Carley Goldberg scored the Comets third goal of the night at the 15-minute mark.  Juliana Kontul (aka “Slash” because she can play so many positions) has been playing a dual holding mid position with Jamie Simmerson of late and Juliana found herself with the ball just inside of midfield in the Nordonia half.  Surveying the field, Slash lofted a perfect ball to Carley, who was sprinting toward the goal.  Carley converted, giving the Comets a bit a breathing room.

Nordonia pressed hard in the second half and had several free kicks and corner kicks, but the Comets back line of Avani Pham, Miranda Carlton, Farren Lesko and Mayah Morgan was up to the challenge.  Comets keeper, Sydney Kowit, had her typical great game and had an amazing save mid-way through the half.  Nordonia played another looping drive and Kowit jumped up at the last minute pushing the ball over the crossbar and preserving the Comets 3-1 lead. 

Late in the second half, Nicollee Hammer struck again sealing the Comets win.  Macarah Morgan took a throw-in on the visitor’s sideline, danced her way up the left side and was able to turn the corner.  Number 14 then sent a beautiful cross toward Alli Maersch.  Alli’s shot bounced off the charging Nordonia keeper, but Nicollee was there to drill the ball into the net.

The Comets record is currently 8-5-3, but they are 5-1-1 in their last 7 games.  The Comets only loss in that time was to Medina on a 1-0 score. 

The Comets next game is Monday, October 22 at 7:00 pm against the Twinsburg Tigers at Twinsburg High School.  The Tigers are having a nice season and are undefeated and ranked #9 in the state.