Monday, January 31, 2011

Missouri Comets Have Disappointing Weekend

The Comets celebrate a goal...

The Missouri Comets weekend was disappointing. On Friday they lost to a determined Milwaukee team when the Wave overcame a 7 point deficit to win 17-16 over Missouri. Then on Sunday the Comets traveled to Omaha again where they had not lost previously but fell to the Vipers 16-10. These two losses, especially the loss in Omaha made it extremely tough to make the playoffs.

Friday: Missouri Comets 16 - 17 Milwaukee Wave

Retro night at the Comets was a success by every measure except the score. The Comets wore the retro jerseys from the original Comets, the reunion game at half time featured some Kansas City soccer legends and over 5200 fans were in attendance to watch an entertaining and exciting game.

The Comets and the Wave traded goals through the first half. First the Wave led then Missouri before Milwaukee scored a couple quick goals to go into the half leading the home team 9-8.

Danny Waltman makes a save on the "edge" of the box...

One of Byron Alvarez's goals...

The third quarter belonged to Missouri, they outscored the Wave 6-2 and looked as good as they have all year.

The fourth quarter was another story though, Milwaukee showed why they are at the top of the league. After an injury to Stefan Stokic left the Comets defense short handed, the Wave pressured Comets into some mistakes that led to their comeback. The Comets tried valiantly with the sixth attacker on to regain the lead but could not find the net again.

While it was a loss, this maybe the best overall game the Comets played at home and show how far they have come this year.

Photos from the Comets - Wave game

A post about the reunion game will be up soon...

Sunday: Missouri Comets 10 - 16 Omaha Vipers

It was a bad day for the Comets. It started bad and did not get much better. Coach Roentved could not make the trip because of back pain so Assistant Coach Vlatko Andonovski assumed the coaching duties. Then the team's bus broke down on the way to Omaha forcing the delay of the kickoff by 25 minutes.

Missouri did get out to an early lead when Alvarez manged to get around the Vipers' keeper on a penalty kick. Nick Kelly scored his first career goal to build the lead to 4 but it did not last long. The Vipers put in two 3 point goals to lead 6-4 going into the second quarter.

Leo Gibson tied the game early in the second and it took over 9 minutes before Omaha slipped out to another lead.

The third quarter was scoreless as both teams played a tight defense.

The Vipers increased their lead at the 3:44 and 9:09 marks prompting Missouri to go to the sixth attacker with 5:51 left. Initially it looked like the Comets would make their comeback when they earned another Penalty Kick (Alvarez scored again) and Moura quickly put home a pass from Beasley. Unfortunately Omaha regained their composure and added two more goals to put the visitors away.

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