Mason prevailed last night with a close 1-0 win at Colerain. The first half was a struggle as the feisty Cardinals were determined to out muscle the Comets. The Comets did control the run of play and out shot the Cardinals 4 to 0 with 2 on goal but neither team shook the net. The Comets took the only corner and were called for 4 fouls to Colerain's 1.
In the second half the Comets stepped up their physicality and in the 46th minute, Nicole Onweller slipped a nice ball to Tori Bonno who found herself 1 v 1 with the keeper only to be denied on a nice save by the Cardinal who had 8 impressive saves on the evening. In the 57th minute, the Comets earned a foul 25 yards from the Cardinals door step and Tori Bonno slipped the free kick just under the crossbar for the lone goal of the match. The Comet's second half midfield of Olivia Polnow, Natalie Lanis, Mackenzie Berryman, Jayna Searles, and Elizabeth Berry did the heavy lifting and banging to feed multiple balls up to Tori Bonno, Nicole Onweller, Elise Haller and Jenna Burns who were also giving up their bodies to fight for shots on goal. The defense anchored by Catherine Berry and Natalie Adkins and flanked by Vanessa Adkins, Meghan Curran and Maria Speas made sure the ball stayed in Colerain's end, not allowing a single shot on goal all night and preserving another clean sheet for the big punting Bethany Moser. In the second half, the Comets out shot the Cardinals 12 to 0 with 7 on goal and took both of the half's corners. The Cardinals were called for 5 fouls to Mason's 4.
The 10-1-2 Comets get a well deserved weekend off before heading into the crucial final week of the regular season. Next up for the Comets are the Middies from Middletown on Senior Night, Tuesday, October 9th. The Comets will end their regular season Campaign at Home Thursday, October 11th when the 12-0-2 and #2 ranked Fairfield Indians bring their 6-0-1 GMC record to Mason. A GMC title could be on the line that evening.