Cambridge Comets in Fboxboro after their 2-0 victory

 
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Cambridge, 6 June 1998. Comets FC won their sixth game of the season, beating a much-improved Acton-Boxboro team 3-1. Julian scored the first goal, off a throw-in from Lee. The second goal is the current leading candidate for goal of the year --- Zurab passed to Mike, who sent a one-touch pass through to Tom, who shot hard and high into the corner past the Boxboro keeper. In the second half, Comets FC was awarded a penalty when a Boxboro player handled a ball he thought had gone out. Evandro drilled the penalty into the lower right corner for Comets' third goal. Boxboro scored once, and were poised to make a comeback when they were awarded a penalty kick. Rob, however, made a diving save to deny the opportunity. Jeremy, Lee, Mike, Gideon, Arran, Tom, Evandro, Zurab and Julian all had solid defensive plays to preserve the Comets win. Comets play their last game of the season Saturday in Medfield.

Sudbury, 30 May 1998. Comets FC played some of their best football of the year, but suffered a tough 2-1 loss to league leaders Sudbury Raptors. Comets dominated possession during the first half and controlled the ball in the Sudbury side of the field for much of the half, but were unable to penetrate a tough defense and goalkeeper. Sudbury scored against the run of play to take a one goal lead into the intermission. Comets came back with a nice goal set up by Lee's long clearing pass and finished by Julian. Raptors got behind the Cambridge defense to take the lead with a second goal. Comets had numerous chances and good setups in the remainder of the half, and seemed to be wearing down a tired Sudbury defense, but weren't able to get another goal by the Raptors' solid goalkeeper. Jeremy filled in admirably in goal, and the entire Comets team contributed to a solid defense.

Cambridge, 23 May 1998. Comets avenged the draw in the away fixture by beating Wellesley Raiders 5-1 behind a determined defense, and a creative and explosive offensive. Great defensive plays by Lee, Tom, Arran, Jeremy and Mike shut down the Raiders attack, and Rob made some spectacular diving saves to prevent goals. The first goal was scored by Mike from Julian's cross. Evandro scored the second goal, pouncing on a rebound from Zurab's hard shot. Mike completed the first half scoring. In the second half, Tom scored off a terrific cross from Julian. Julian finished the scoring. In next week's top-of-the-table clash, Comets take on Sudbury Raptors.

Arlington, 16 May 1998. Comets FC extended their winning streak to three games, beating neighborhood rivals Arlington, 2-0. After a tense, scoreless first half, Zurab opened the scoring midway through the second half following up a shot by Tom. Zurab notched the second goal a few minutes later after Mike was able to penerate the defense. Comets defense held firm to ensure the third shutout of the season.

Cambridge, 9 May 1998. Comets FC closed out the first half of the season with a convincing 5-1 victory over Medfield Expos. Zurab opened the scoring with an early goal. Then, Julian scored of a fantastic pass from Zurab. Mike closed out the first half scoring with a golazo shot to the lower corner. In the second half, Tom scored, following up a shot by Gideon off Lee's cross, and Julian scored assisted by Arran and Zurab. Other good scoring chances were set up by Evandro, Mike and Tom dribbling down the side and crossing. The defense led by Jeremy, Gideon, Arran, and Lee was solid most of the game, and Rob made some tough saves.

Boxboro, 2 May 1998. Comets FC won Saturday, beating Acton/Boxboro 2-0 in Boxboro. The first goal was scored by Zurab from great combination passing by Julian. The second goal was scored by Gideon from a defense-threading direct kick by Jeremy. A defense led by Jeremy, Lee and Tom with Rob in goal secured the shutout.

David Evans
evans@cs.virginia.edu