Reed-Custer soccer coach Emily Redmann said Monday's match was exactly what she was hoping for.
After scoring four unanswered goals in the second half in Morris against the Redskins, and taking a 5-1, non-conference victory, the Comets were decidedly happy with the outcome.
"This is what we are calling a statement game. It says to people that we aren't on the bottom any more," Redmann said. "That's kind of the team that Reed-Custer has been. We wanted to buck that and we did against Morris, a bigger school, today."
With the game tied at 1-1 after 40 minutes, the momentum certainly shifted. Part of that was the aggressiveness of the Comets and part of it was that Morris found itself shorthanded for the back 40.
"We lost both Danielle (Cummings) and Cathy (Click) right before halftime and that hurt," Morris coach Jeff Hunt said. "It hurt having a big chunk of our defense out."
Cummings had a knee injury and Click an ankle injury and neither returned in the second half.
"We tried adjusting at half, but when you lose two key seniors like that ... you end up putting in girls who have a quarter of the experience they have," Hunt said. "But it's good experience for them. They can learn from it and we can move on."
Reed-Custer scored the first goal of the match in the 36th minute when Brennan Swan scored. However, Morris freshman Sam Limbach knotted the score in the 40th minute off an assist from Brittney Kinney.
"Brittany hit a nice through ball there and Sam put it in the net," Hunt said. "It was a nice pass and a nice goal. Unfortunately, we didn't take that momentum with us into the second half."
Reed-Custer scored right away when Swan scored in the 41st minute. Then in the 49th minute Gracie Smith scored with an assist from Swan. The Comets then scored with 15:44 remaining on a goal by Emily Bushue and capped it off with a goal by Bushue and an assist from Smith.
"It's a little frustrating. We didn't start working together right out of the gate, passing the ball like we did on Saturday (a 4-0 win at Sterling)," Limbach said. "Tonight we didn't have as much time. It was a different mindset.
"In the second half, I think we came out a bit flat and they went ahead. I think we weren't playing on our toes, quite frankly."
Reed-Custer pressed the advantage at the start of the second half. Even after the Swan goal, Smith and Swan again had quality chances before Swan assisted Smith. Morris' lone chance in the first 10 minutes of the second half came on a shot on goal by Katherine Gallick and save by winning keeper Brooke Billingsley.
It never got better from there as Morris got very few shots at the Reed-Custer net the rest of the way.
With the win, Reed-Custer improves to 5-9 on the season while Morris slides to 5-6-1.