Kansas City Comets


Leo Gibson scores 200th career goal as a Comet in losing effort

KANSAS CITY (January 28, 2018) – The Kansas City Comets had high hopes entering Sunday’s contest against the Cedar Rapids Rampage. Unfortunately, another slow start to the game forced them to play catch up all night and the team couldn’t overcome the Rampage, losing 9-7.

The Comets had scored nearly nine goals per game in their last four games. Coupled with the signing of goalkeeper Jeff Richey earlier in the week, the Comets had high hopes entering the game.

A couple of defensive miscues early in the game however allowed Cedar Rapids’ Sam Guernsey and Derek Huffman to put Kansas City behind 2-0 after the first 15 minutes.

Leo Gibson scored two goals in the second quarter. The second goal was Gibson’s twelfth of the season and the 200th of his Comets career. He now ranks fourth among all Kansas City indoor soccer scorers.

Unfortunately for the Comets, Cedar Rapids matched Gibson’s goals and held a 4-2 lead as the teams went to the Halftime break.

Cedar Rapids came out of the half to score the first two goals of the third quarter, growing their lead to 6-2 over the Comets. Kansas City scratched their way back into the game with Anthony Grant and Carlos Trombini each notched a score in the period to make it 6-4 after three quarters.

Controversy ensued early in the third period. After a Cedar Rapids foul, the Comets worked a quick restart into what seemed like a scoring play. However, after a midfield discussion, the referees called off the score.

According to the officials, the Comets were advised by the referee to move the placement of the restart back to where the foul occurred. Immediately after that, he left to get in position for the play. The trailing official noted that Kansas City did not move the ball and forced the team to play the ball again from the proper restart, adding six seconds back onto the clock before play resumed.

The Comets did score shortly after that when Guerrero Pino scored unassisted. Bryan Perez added two more goals for Kansas City in the final period as well, but each time the Comets scored, Cedar Rapids answered right back with a score of their own, the last one coming with six seconds left on the clock and clinching the Comets loss, the fourth of the season to the Rampage.

Kansas City’s playoff hopes are still alive however and the team will work to right the ship when they travel to St Louis next weekend then return home on February 9 to face the Ambush at the Silverstein Eye Centers Arena.

The Comets match against the St Louis Ambush on February 9 will be the team’s annual Pink Game. The Comets will be wearing special Pink Jerseys that will be auctioned off during the game to benefit The Ali Kemp Foundation. The game is scheduled for a 7:35 p.m. CT start and tickets can be purchased online here.