Kansas City Comets


Leo Gibson leads the way with four goals on the night

KANSAS CITY (February 3, 2018) – The Kansas City Comets remain unbeaten this season against their I-70 rivals, the St Louis Ambush. Forward Leo Gibson had four goals on the night, including the game-winner with less than two minutes left in the game, as the Comets held on for a 7-6 win on the road.

St. Louis opened up the night’s scoring when James Thomas found himself in the right place at the right time. A shot from one of his teammates went wide of goal, but the rebound off the wall bounced off his chest and fell to the goal-line for an easy tap-in and early Ambush lead.

Despite the early deficit, head coach Kim Roentved still had confidence in his team. He asked his team to sit and wait for the Ambush to come to them, confident in his team to force mistakes and capitalize. Anthony Grant rewarded Roentved’s confidence with 5:25 left in the opening quarter when he was part of an odd-man break for the Comets that equalized the score at 1-1.

Gibson’s first of the night came in the second quarter. Odaine Sinclair followed up with a goal from a near-impossible angle that bounced up, off the inside of the crossbar and into the net. Those were the only two scores of the quarter and the Comets went into the halftime break with a 3-1 lead.

It only took four minutes of the third quarter for Gibson to get back on the board, opening up a 4-1 lead for the visitors. St. Louis was not about to go away though, as JerJer Gibson scored midway through the period.

Rookie Adam James was able to regain the two-goal lead for Kansas City with under two minutes remaining in the period. James took the ball down the right side of the field, drawing the goalkeeper to him, then hit a perfectly placed shot underneath the sliding defense and into the far side netting.

The Ambush opened the fourth quarter with two straight goals from Raphael Nascimento, and a short-handed score from Dylan Hundelt. Only thirty seconds after that, Gibson scored again, giving him 20 hat tricks in his eight years with Kansas City.

St Louis veterans Pablo da Silva and Hewerton fought hard for the Ambush and briefly tied the game at 6-6 with three minutes to play. Seeing their sizable lead dwindled to nothing, Kansas City put its faith once again in Gibson, feeding him the ball at the top of the Ambush penalty box. Despite being draped with three St Louis defenders, Gibson fought through and directed a shot to the right side, just out of reach of the Ambush goalkeeper.

The win, coupled with Cedar Rapids loss last night, has the Comets just two and a half games out of playoff position with six games to play. Kansas City will continue to try and climb the ladder when they host the Ambush at Silverstein Eye Centers Arena next Friday, February 9 at 7:35 p.m. ET.

Kansas City will also be hosting their annual Pink Night against the Ambush. The team will be wearing special Pink Jerseys that will be auctioned off following the match to benefit The Ali Kemp Educational Foundation.

Tickets for Pink Night against the Ambush can be purchased here.