Kansas City Comets


Forward Kiel Williams scores five goals in comeback victory

KANSAS CITY (January 6, 2018) – The Kansas City Comets earned their third win of the season against the St. Louis Ambush. The rivalry was intense throughout the game, but the Comets found an 11-9 victory behind five goals from Kiel Williams and five assists from Leo Gibson.

The opening quarter was not one that Comets fans will want to remember. After kicking the ball off, the Comets showed sloppy defense and some poor mistakes that St Louis immediately capitalized on. The Ambush had three goals in the first five minutes of the match.

They then scored three more in the final five minutes of the quarter. Pat Kelly was able to get the Comets on the board with .08 seconds left on the clock, but the damage was done as they found themselves down 6-1 at the first break.

Despite giving up a large lead in the opening quarter, the Comets were not ready to give up. Gui Gomes found his first score of the season. St Louis’ Hewerton scored a goal shortly after that on a mistaken clearance from the Comets defense.

Even with the defensive gaffe, the Comets were determined to be the dominant team in the period. Carlos Trombini, Kiel Williams and Bryan Perez helped the cause as each scored goals to close out the half. Kansas City went into the halftime break only down 7-5.

Whatever Coach Kim Roentved said to his team, it seemingly worked. Kansas City came out of the locker room with an uptempo offense that resulted in Williams scoring his second and third goals of the match in the first three minutes of the third quarter. Perez added his second of the match a minute later as the Comets briefly held a lead of 8-7. The Ambush were able to get one back late in the period to tie the game as the teams went to the final period.

The fourth quarter started with both teams showing intensity. The ball went back and forth with both teams getting their chances, but neither side able to control possession. St Louis drew first blood with 6:38 to play, but Williams answered with his career-high fourth goal of the game to tie it at 9-9 a minute later.

With less than two minutes to play, each team tried to pressure the other into a game-ending mistake. The Comets forced St Louis to play the ball out of their own end with just over a minute to play. The Ambush defender misplayed his pass to his goalkeeper and Williams was there once again to tap in the game-winner. Anthony Grant added a goal against the St Louis’ sixth attacker, clinching the game for Kansas City at 11-9.

The Comets return home to play the Harrisburg Heat on Saturday, January 13th for Glad Military Appreciation Night. Kansas City will be wearing special patriotic themed jerseys to honor our Armed Services and they will be auctioned away during the game to benefit Cars 4 Heroes.

Tickets for Glad Military Appreciation Night can be purchased here.