Soccer

Susanna Watts (9) of the Halifax County High School girls’ soccer team tries to dribble past a Tunstall defender during the Comets’ 4-1 win on Tuesday. Watts, a senior, scored her first goal of the game in the contest.

Ella Morrison scored three first-half goals, and Susanna Watts scored her first goal of the season in the second half to spur the Halifax County High School girls soccer team to a 4-1 win over Tunstall High School in the Comets’ regular season finale at Tuck Dillard Memorial Stadium on Tuesday.

Halifax County finished with 17 shots on goal compared to 19 for Tunstall, but Comets’ keeper McKayla Meadows finished with 17 saves to help keep her team ahead.

The Tunstall keeper had six saves, while the Comets led in corner kicks by a 3-1 margin.

A strong start helped the Comets gain and keep momentum, according to head coach Bert Cuffley.

“We started strong with our first tally in the first two minutes by Ella Morrison, and the game was close in the first half until Ella Morrison scored twice to extend the lead and provide a nice 3-0 cushion at the half.

“Tunstall had some really great opportunities in the first and second halves, but strong goal-keeping and defensive play kept them off the score sheet.”

Strong play from midfielders and forwards during the game were another positive, Cuffley noted.

“The girls had some nice passes during the game with the midfield and forwards linking up for constructive play,” Cuffley said.

“This was a super win to finish the season, and we really managed the time well towards the end of the game,” he added.