Kansas City Comets

COMETS KICKOFF WEEKEND WITH WIN

Leo Gibson leads the way with four assists

KANSAS CITY (December 8, 2017) – The Kansas City Comets put an end to a three-game losing streak with a decisive win against the Tacoma Stars on Friday night. Lucas Rodriguez scored two goals and Leo Gibson had four assists as the team earned a 7-5 win at home.

After a disappointing overtime loss last weekend, the Comets came out fired up. Pat Kelly started the scoring only 28 seconds into the match, then Nacho Flores added another one 42 seconds later. Milan Ivanovic got in on the fun 80 seconds after that and before the game was three minutes old, the Comets held a 3-0 lead.

An offense born out of high pressure defense gave the Comets the upper hand through nearly the entire opening quarter. The Stars’ Philip Lund was able to score late in the quarter to put Tacoma on the board, but Kansas City ended the period on top 3-1.

The second quarter brought much of the same, as Bryan Perez and Rodriguez each tallied a score off a Gibson assist. Goalkeeper Casey Gasson made several strong point-blank saves to frustrate Tacoma’s offense and keep the Comets ahead. At the midway point, Kansas City held a 5-1 lead.

The last time the Stars came to Kansas City, the Comets had pretty much wrapped up the game by halftime. Tacoma is much improved since then and proved it as they were the aggressor for much of the third period. Vince McCluskey and Jamael Cox each found the net and cut the Comets lead to 5-3 by the end of the quarter.

Tacoma continued their comeback efforts, scoring the first goal of the final quarter and cutting the lead to 5-4. That was as close as they would come however as Rodriguez and Carlos Trombini each scored within a minute of each other midway through the period. Tacoma was able to scratch one back when Cox netted his second goal with 6:38 to play, but the Comets defense held strong, securing a 7-5 win.

Kansas City will not have long to celebrate their victory as they turn right around to face the Cedar Rapids Rampage tomorrow night in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Kickoff for that match is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. CT and fans can watch online at MASL.tv or KCComets.com/live-feed.

The Comets return home on December 22nd to face the Milwaukee Wave. Tickets are available for that match here