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Lady Comets end their season with District Semi-Final loss.

And just like that, it was over.  The Lady Comets ran into a buzz saw last night in Twinsburg, losing 3-0 to the Tigers.

Confidence was high on the Comets sideline as the team was 5-1-1 in its last 7 games with the only loss coming to Medina and the tie against a Rocky River team that was ranked in D2. 

Last night, the Comets played great to open the game and the new formation that puts all of our speed up top created several opportunities.  The Comets sent Jackie Rzepka, Carley Goldberg, Alli Maersch, Marah Morgan and Nicollee Hammer, with help from the deep midfield of Juliana Kontul and Jamie Simmerson in wave after wave at the Tigers, but couldn’t manage a score. 

Twinsburg is a senior-laden team and are undefeated on the year, but the Comets backline of Avani Pham, Farren Lesko, Miranda Carlton and Mayah Morgan anchored by keeper, Syd Kowit, kept the Tigers at bay.  With 15 minutes left in the half, the Tigers managed a goal when one of their outside forwards found a way to weave her way through and net one at point-blank range.  The score was 1-0 Tigers at the half.

The second half was more of the same intensity and these two teams went toe-to-toe.  Ultimately the experience of the Tigers was too much for our Comets and Twinsburg scored an insurance goal midway through the second half and added another late in the game when the outcome was decided.

The Comets enjoyed wonderful fan support at this game and all year actually.  The visitors stands last night had tons of Solon letter jackets from football, basketball, boys’ soccer, lacrosse, and track.  Along with the team parents, grandparents and siblings there were parents of Comets alumni as well as families from the Solon Lightning travel club.  It was a wonderful soccer environment and the Lady Comets thank everyone who supported them last night and this year.

Last night’s game is the final chapter in the high school career of our four seniors – Juliana Kontul (#18), Miranda Carlton (#5), Sydney Kowit (#00) and Taylor Ellman (#6).  Each of these girls has had a phenomenal season on the field and each has provided leadership to our team off the field from start to finish.  

Some of the senior’s highlights that come to mind include Juliana, who is our captain, drilling a free kick late in the second half over the Brecksville goalie to give the Comets a 1-0 victory.  There’s also the time that Juliana took a ball in front of the Comets bench and did some crazy footskills that left two Shaker defenders laying on the ground and Juliana streaking up the sidelines toward the goal.  Juliana’s nickname is Slash because she plays so many positions, and she lived up to that this year, playing holding mid, attacking mid, outside mid, center back and even forward for the Comets this season.

Miranda anchored the defense playing both stopper and sweeper this year and is one of six Comets to start every game.  In fact, except for our games against Cleveland Heights and Euclid (both of which saw our starters not play very much), Miranda played every minute of every game, easily leading the team in minutes played.  Miranda had the assist of the year against Brunswick, where she drove a ball into the box that the Comets stuck into the goal with 17 seconds left earning a 1-1 tie in a game against a ranked team.

Sydney Kowit is going to be as irreplaceable as any of the Comets and she had a phenomenal year in goal.  As good as our defense has been this year, there were multiple times that opposing teams got point-blank looks at the goal and Syd had some unbelievable saves.  Her best game of the year was against Medina, the #1-ranked team in the state where she must have had 25 saves and held a team that has scored something like 80 goals this year to just 1 goal.  Late in the year, in a game the Comets had in hand, Coach Wilson pulled Syd at halftime and then inserted her at attacking mid in the second half.  Syd took a pass and launched a beautiful ball to the top corner of the goal setting off a raucous Comets celebration for our keeper scoring a goal.

Perhaps no Comet exhibits work ethic like Taylor Ellman.  Taylor doesn’t play a ton, but her four years in the Comets program have been marked with smiles, hard work and a positive attitude.  Highlights for Taylor this year include her taking the ball up the right side against Cleveland Heights and crossing the ball to Jackie who bicycle kicked the ball into the goal.  Taylor scored her first varsity goal against Euclid, once again taking the ball up the right side, but this time drilling it into the top corner past the Euclid keeper.

While the Comets lose these four seniors, the Comets are a young team and the future looks bright.  The only other upperclassman is Mayah Morgan, who is a junior.  The Comets started 3 freshmen (Avani Pham, Alli Maersch and Jamie Simmerson) and, depending on the game, 4-6 sophomores (Farren Lesko, Carley Goldberg, Jackie Rzepka, Macarah Morgan, Nicollee Hammer and Angeline Kontul).  Three freshmen bubbled between JV and varsity (Alyse Harris, Sydney Carlton and Hailyn Shuster) with Carlton and Harris splitting back-up goalie duties in the couple of games early in the year where Syd Kowit was injured.  Late in the year, Coach Wilson added 4 other players to the varsity roster, Rachel Passerallo, Sam Taylor, Lauren Tomasetti, and Lily Scherer, all of whom played significant minutes in the last regular season game. 

As exciting as this season was, next year looks like it has the potential to be even more exciting.