Comets lose on late goal

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, January 17, 2001


LAPLACE – Barry Sartin knocked in a shot in extra time, giving Country Day a 2-1 victory over St. Charles Catholic in District 8-III play Saturday morning at Thomas Dupuy Stadium. St. Charles Catholic, ranked 14th in the latest state poll, fell to 5-7 overall and 1-3 in district play with the loss. Country Day had a corner kick go through the crease in the extra time. But Chris Wootten grabbed a turnover to the left of the net and centered a pass in the box to Sartin who drilled a shot into the right side of the net, giving the Cajuns the lead. St. Charles Catholic could not get a shot on goal in the remaining time. Most of the first half action was played on the Comets’ side of the field. A minute into the game, Justin Chauvin took a pass from Phillip Hoffman on the right side but had his shot sail wide. At the 10-minute mark, Hoffman took a deflection just outside of the box and drilled a shot in that was grabbed by Country Day goal keeper Louis Shwartz. Country Day then went on the offensive with a shot by Stephen Millet in front grabbed by Comet goal keeper David LeBlanc. St. Charles Catholic regained possession with Steven Ramirez sending a pass ahead to Chauvin. Chauvin took a shot from just outside the box but had it sail over the net at the 15-minute mark. Country Day went back on the offensive with Andy Schabelman sending a pass to Carson Riess. Riess took the shot from in front but had it deflected wide as LeBlanc dove to his left. Riess then took another pass from Millet in front but had his shot deflected wide this time by Chris Poche. Country Day finally broke the stalemate at the 27-minute mark as Schabelman headed a pass into the right side of the net, giving the Cajuns a 1-0 lead. St. Charles Catholic threatened to tie the score two minutes later as Chauvin lofted a free kick over the wall of defenders but had it grabbed by a leaping Shwartz. Hoffman followed two minutes later with a pass to Andrew Revall whose shot was smothered by Shwartz. Hoffman then sent a pass ahead to Chauvin whose header sailed high. In the final minute, Revall tossed in a pass from the left sideline to Chauvin whose shot from in front sailed wide left. The early going of the second half was a different story as Country Day got most of the shots on goal but it the Comets which got the tying goal. Three minutes into the half, Millet took a shot from the left corner that sailed wide. Millet got the ball back but had his shot from the right sideline grabbed by LeBlanc. Two minutes later, it was Riess taking a shot from the right side that was deflected wide by LeBlanc. St. Charles Catholic got the tying goal on its next trip down the field. Ramirez passed ahead to Hoffman who came in from down the right side and drilled a shot into the right side of the net at the seven-minute mark of the half. Country Day had an opportunity to break the tie at the 24-minute mark after being awarded a penalty kick. Millet took the kick but had it bounce off the football crossbar above the net. Millet got another chance a minute later but had his shot from outside the box sail high as well. St. Charles Catholic also had an opportunity at the 30-minute mark as Chauvin had a shot from the right side deflected out by Shwartz. Revall grabbed the deflection in the left side of the box and sent in a shot that was sailed high. Country Day came back as Riess sent a corner kick to Schabelman whose kick to the left side of the net was deflected out by John Howard. The Comets answered as Revall centered a kick to Ramirez who had his header snared by Shwartz at the 34-minute mark. St. Charles Catholic will be back in action Saturday when the Comets play host to Ridgewood. Game time is scheduled for 1 p.m.