February 17, 2013 - Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL) - Missouri Comets
INDEPENDENCE, MO - The Missouri Comets took a big step towards the playoff with a 17-9 victory in front of 3,892 fans at the Independence Events Center. Leo Gibson scored his league leading sixth hat trick of the year and the Comets ended a modern-era MISL record 16 game winning streak for the Milwaukee Wave.
The Comets have jumped out to fast starts before, especially at home. Lately though, they have faltered late, dropping four of their last five games. Tonight, the Milwaukee Wave jumped out to the fast start. Ian Bennett found himself in the right spot twice in the first nine minutes of the game. Marcel Feenstra played strong in the net for the Wave saving seven Comets shots and preserving a 4-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.
The second quarter was a reverse of the first. The Wave tried to apply pressure on the Comets to put this game away early. Several opportunities were turned away by Comets defenders, only allowing one shot on goalkeeper Danny Waltman that he was easily able to save. Vahid Assadpour and Leo Gibson paired up twice with Assadpour feeding Leo Gibson to tie the game at four points apiece at the midway point in the game.
As the second half started, Ryan Junge cleared a ball from his defensive zone all the way to a waiting Byron Alvarez on the far yellow line. Collecting the pass, he beat a diving Feenstra to give the Comets their first lead of the game only 31 seconds into the half. Former Comets forward Bryan Perez, playing in his first game with the Milwaukee Wave, tied it up two minutes later, but the Comets took the lead for good when John Sosa fed a beautiful pass to Mads Falck who buried the shot. His goal put the Comets up 8-6 at the end of three quarters.
The Milwaukee Wave have not entered the fourth quarter on the losing side of the scoreboard very often this season. The Comets knew they needed to keep up the pressure to walk away with a win on the afternoon. Byron Alvarez knocked in his second of the night two minutes into the game putting the Comets up 10-6. Ian Bennett scored a three point shot three minutes later to get the Wave within 10-9, but Assadpour put Missouri back up by two goals when he scored in the eighth minute. Gibson followed that up after that, notching his league leading sixth hat trick on the season. Assadpour then put the nail in the coffin when he scored a three point lob from his own yellow line over the Wave's sixth attacker. The 17-9 victory is the Comets' 11th of the year and the Wave's third loss. The Comets only need one more victory to assure them of a spot in the MISL's post-season tournament.
The Comets have two games at home next weekend, facing the Chicago Soul on Friday night at 7:35pm and the Wichita Wings on Sunday afternoon at 3:10pm. Friday night is Alan Mayer night and the team will be honoring one of the best players to ever play for the Comets, goalkeeper Alan Mayer. Sunday is the final game of the I-35 Series, when the Comets look to win the season series between Missouri and Wichita.