Comets to Face Undefeated Wave in Milwaukee
KANSAS CITY - The Kansas City Comes (3-4) will travel to Milwaukee for the second time this season to take on the Milwaukee Wave tonight.
The Wave currently sit atop the South Central Division and the league as a whole with their undefeated record, which began with a 10-6 win on December 1 of last year-- Kansas City's first trip to Milwaukee.
In the match, Ian Bennett, who has scored more total goals (30) against the Comets than any other player in the MASL, sent 4 shots to the back of the net. The Comets entered the second half down 5-2, and despite a valiant 4-goal comeback effort, could not keep up with the Wave's offense.
Kansas City lost their own home-opener 8-10 to Milwaukee two weeks later on Saturday, December 15. Two days before, the Comets scored an impressive 12-6 win over Mississauga, but the high scoring game and international travel left them tired for their second bout with the Wave.
Both Milwaukee and Kansas City put in strong offensive efforts, highlighted by a third quarter filled with 5 goals from each team.
In the home-opener, Anthony Grant put up a hat trick and Leo Gibson tallied 1 goal and 3 assists for the Comets. However, Bennett went for 4 goals (again) and 1 assist to lead Milwaukee to victory, helped by 3 assists from Marco Leite and 2 goals from Robert Renaud.
Although they had a slow 1-5 start to the season, the Comets will travel to Milwaukee riding a 2-game winning streak, climbing to third place in the South Central Division. Milwaukee (+26) and Kansas City (+9) are currently the only teams in the division with positive goal differentials.
Milwaukee and Kansas City have plenty of experience against each other-- the teams have squared off 33 times since the 2010-2011 season of the MISL. The Wave lead the series 18-15, and an undefeated record along with home field advantage make for tough odds for the Comets.
Kansas City has struggled defensively against the Wave this season, allowing 10 goals in both previous matches. However, the Comets have also scored more goals on Milwaukee (6 and 8) than any other opponent this season.
The Wave may not be up to full strength tomorrow night, as keeper Josh Lemos is out and Bennett, who has played part in 9 of the 20 goals Milwaukee has against Kansas City, is listed as questionable.
To overcome the Wave's home field advantage, Kansas City will need lights-out performances from all players, especially Gibson, who continues to lead the league in points (22) and assists (12), as well as their other scoring leaders in John Sosa (4 goals, 7 assists) and Nacho Flores (6 goals, 4 assists).
The Comets certainly have the talent and the will to win tomorrow night. They might just be able to ride their own wave of momentum to a victory over the undefeated Wave.
The match will kickoff at 7:05 p.m. CT tomorrow night. The game will be broadcast live at MASLtv on MASLSoccer.com and fans can follow along with the Comets on twitter (@KCComets) and Facebook (Kansas City Comets).
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