Kansas City Comets


Defense holds Baltimore scoreless in second half, but couldn’t overcome early goals

KANSAS CITY (December 30, 2017) – The Kansas City Comets lost to the Baltimore Blast for the first time in the regular season since 2014. Last year’s Major Arena Soccer League champions jumped up to a 2-0 lead early and the Comets were unable to scratch their way all the way back and lost 5-3 in front of 4,009 fans at the Silverstein Eye Centers Arena.

Kansas City hoped to carry over some momentum from the late-game push they had against Milwaukee last week, but the Blast had their own plans and jumped out on the Comets right away. Behind Jonatas Melo and Lucas Roque, the Blast scored two quick goals in the first three minutes. Kansas City Guerrero Pino got the Comets on the board about 10 minutes into the quarter to keep the game within reach.

The second quarter belonged to Baltimore. Daniel Perruzzi scored in the opening minute of the period, followed by Jon Orlando midway through the quarter. Andrew Hoxie added a power play goal just before the half and dropped the Comets into a 5-1 deficit at the break.

Baltimore is known for their defense and they put it on full display in the third quarter. With a four-goal lead, the Blast were able to sit back behind the play and cut off any chance for the Comets to work the ball into the box. Kansas City outshot Baltimore 5-1 in the period, but none of them found their way into the goal.

Heading into the fourth quarter, Kansas City brought out Bryan Perez and then Lucas Rodriguez to add a 6th attacker and generate some offense. Pino added a second goal before Leo Gibson scored his 9th goal of the season in the last five minutes. Baltimore’s defense was too much though, and the Comets were not able to score again.

Kansas City has no time to reflect on this game, as they travel to Milwaukee tomorrow for a New Year’s Eve match against the Wave. Kickoff for that game is scheduled for 5:05 p.m. CT. Fans can watch the match on MASL.tv or on KComets.com/live-feed.

The next Comets home match is January 13th against the Harrisburg Heat. It is GLAD Military Appreciation Night and the Comets will be wearing special jerseys to honor America and our Armed Forces. Fans can bid on and take home the jerseys in a silent auction throughout the game. Tickets can be found at bit.ly/CometsGm7