In a dog fight that went to double overtime between two Piedmont District rivals, the Halifax County High School varsity boys soccer team fell on the road to Tunstall 3-2.

Both teams battled throughout with both scoring their first goals of the game late in the second half. It then headed into overtime where the Comets scored first to take the lead before Tunstall tied it up at 2-2, and then scored the final goal in the second overtime to claim the victory.

Colin Gravitt did it all scoring both of the goals for the Comets.

“I am proud of the effort my guys played with; it was there best game to date,” said head coach Mario Sadler. “We were just unlucky, but I am very pleased with the effort they gave.”

In the first half of a physical back and forth game in which neither team seemed to be able to grab the upper hand both teams went scoreless.

However, in the second half of play is when things began to get interesting.

With 15 minutes left in regulation Tunstall found the back of the net to take the 1-0 lead over the Comets.

But instead of the Comets just accepting defeat, they responded immediately showing their resilience as Gravitt took the kickoff and advanced the ball up the field to find the back of the net to tie the game at 1-1.

With neither team wanting to lose, the game went into overtime. Rules state the game will be played in two five-minute overtimes in order to declare a winner.

Gravitt once again found the back of the net in the first overtime period to give the Comets a 2-1 lead.

Holding a 2-1 lead going into the second overtime, momentum seemed to shift when Tunstall scored their second goal of the game to tie the game at 2-2.

Tunstall responded after their first overtime goal by scoring another to take the lead and secure the 3-2 victory.

“It was a tough game in which the boys played tough in. It is heartbreaking that we didn’t get the win, but that’s how sports go sometimes you do everything right and still fall short,” Sadler concluded.

Josh Carlton is a sports writer for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact him jcarlton@gazettevirginian.com. 

Josh Carlton is a sports writer for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact him jcarlton@gazettevirginian.com.