Saturday, February 15, 2014

Comets Blow Away the Roar

The Missouri Comets blew out the Pennsylvania Roar in a lopsided win at the Independence Events Center, 24-4 thanks to four goals by Leo Gibson. A little over two minutes into the game, the Comets grabbed the lead. Brian Harris received a pass and set up a 3 point shot. His shot was going wide, but Lucas Rodriguez was at the back post to re-direct the ball into the net to give the Comets a 2-0 lead. The lead didn't last long though as the Roar came back down the field with Max Touloute roofing a shot on Danny Waltman to level the game at 2-2. That's the closest the Roar would get the rest of the night. The Comets regained the lead after four minutes as Ramone Palmer redirected a Gibson shot into the net to make it 4-2. Around the midpoint of the quarter, the Comets found themselves on the power play due to a dangerous play. It took almost the entire penalty but the Comets took advantage as Rodriguez picked out Gibson at the top of the box, his shot took a deflection and went in to make it 6-2. The Comets continued to pressure and just over 11 minutes in, Alex Megson got on the scorers sheet as he turned a rebounded shot by Stefan St. Louis into the net to make it 8-2. With just under two and a half minutes left, the Comets made it 10-2 as John Sosa picked out Bryan Perez unmarked at the back post on a restart and Perez fired home to make it 10-2 after one quarter.

The second quarter saw the Comets continue to pressure and just over six minutes in, Gibson had his second as he fired home from a Sosa free kick to give the Comets a 10 point lead. Just over the half way point in the quarter the Roar got a goal back as Chris Williams and Jerjer Gibson broke on a 2v1 with Danny Waltman. Williams laid it off to Gibson who tapped home to make it 12-4. A little over a minute later though Gibson completed his hattrick. On a long ball over the top, the Roar keeper, Scott Krotee over committed and Gibson was able to touch the ball around him and into the corner. Gibson raced to the ball and had little angle to shoot, but without much support took his chance and the ball hit off a Roar defender and in to make it 14-4. The Comets weren't done in the half either as St. Louis found the net off an assist from Harris. Then with less than a minute left the Comets twice found the net. First Megson won the ball in the corner and squared a pass into the middle where Harris bundled the ball into the net to make it 18-4. Then with 1 second left on a restart, Rodriguez touched the ball to Sosa who fired home to give the Comets 20 points in the first half.

The second half saw the Comets continue to dominate play but really laying back at the same time as the third and fourth quarter saw just two goals scored. The Roar, for their efforts had chances on the break to score, but each time, Waltman would come up with timely saves that would keep the Roar from closing the game. With under five minutes left in the third quarter, the Comets made it 22-4. Gibson scored his fourth of the game off an assist from Sosa, his third of the game. The fourth quarter was much of the same from the Comets, except they scored an early goal this time. Just over four minutes in, the Byron Alvarez picked out Andre Braithwaite after receiving the ball in the corner. Braithwaite fired the ball home to make it 24-4, which is how the game ended.

The Comets close out the home portion of the regular season next Saturday against the St. Louis Ambush.

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