Hackett Catholic soccer held off Kalamazoo Christian Wednesday evening for a 1-0 home victory, The Comets took the Irish to the limit, playing them to a one-goal for the first time since 2016. Ultimately, HCP was able to extend their decade-long boys winning streak against their nearby rival with a 67th minute goal.
K-Christian had a barrage in the first half, unofficially winning shots on goal 8-2 and total shots 14-3. Hackett goalkeeper Carson Cook held firm with eight first half saves and one more in the second half. The Irish were able to limit KC’s second half chances and outlast the Comets, taking advantage of the 12-player K-Christian roster and second half injury to defenseman Ethan Bouma.
HCP only got two shots on goal in the second half, but they made one count. Tobias Kuhn perfectly delivered the ball to John Burhans, who put it past keeper Brandon Miller from up close in the 67th minute. Miller unofficially had three saves in defeat. Cook’s performance gave Hackett their second shutout of the season.
The loss drops Kalamazoo Christian to 3-1 overall and 2-1 within SAC play. The Comets have a short turnaround as they host Paw Paw Thursday. K-Christian may get another shot at HCP next month when they host the district tournament.
Hackett Catholic moves to 4-1 overall with the win and opens conference play at 2-0. The win puts them at 15-0 against the Comets over the last decade. The Irish face a strong test Saturday with two matches over at Portage Northern’s Huskie Invite, taking on the host and Kalamazoo Central.