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Comets Fall in Streaky Game against St. Louis

February 9, 2019 - Major Arena Soccer League (MASL) - Kansas City Comets News Release

ST CHARLES, Missouri - The Kansas City Comets dropped a tough 10-8 decision to their cross-state rivals, the St Louis Ambush. Leo Gibson led the Comets with three goals and four assists. The Ambush were led by Justin Stinson (three goals, one assist) and Lucas Almeida (one goal and four assists).

The Ambush took advantage of the Comets early, scoring three straight goals by the midway point of the opening quarter. Gibson got Kansas City on the board late in the period and Bryan Perez added another with time closing in the 2nd quarter. The Comets went into the halftime break down by a 3-2 score.

St Louis opened up the second half with their second three-goal streak of the night. The last two coming on power plays after Gibson got called for a controversial kicking penalty and Gui Gomes was caught with a boarding penalty.

Lucas Rodriguez was able to kick start the Comets offense in the final three minutes of the third quarter. Working the restart to perfection, John Sosa passed to Leo Gibson on the left side, who tapped the ball right to where a streaking Rodriguez was able to bury it home. The goal was his 100th of his career.

After Rodriguez cut the score to 6-3, the Comets would add two more goals in the period from James Togbah, Robert Palmer. Then Rodriguez added a second goal shortly after the start of the fourth quarter to tie the game at 6-6.

The Ambush then hit their third three-goal streak of the night to open their lead at 9-6 with just over five minutes to play. With the sixth attacker, Gibson scored two quick goals for Kansas City to bring the Comets to 9-8, but St Louis' forward Stinson put the nail in the coffin with a long arcing shot into the empty Kansas City net.

The loss drops the Comets to 7-7 on the season, half a game ahead of the Ambush for second place in the South Central Division.

The team returns home to face the Milwaukee Wave next Saturday, February 16 at 7:05 p.m. CT. This is the Comets annual Pink Game. The team will be wearing special pink jerseys and fans will be able to purchase them during the game with a special auction to benefit the TAKE Foundation. For more information and tickets visit KCComets.com or call 888.9.COMETS

MASL Match Report

Match: St Louis Ambush vs Kansas City Comets

Date: February 9, 2019

Venue: The Family Arena, St. Charles, MO

Kickoff: 7:08 p.m. CT / 8:08 p.m. ET

Scoring Summary

Goals 1 2 3 4 F

St Louis Ambush 3 0 3 4 10

Kansas City Comets 1 1 3 3 8


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