The Missouri Comets started off the 2014 Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL) Playoffs with a magnificent 20-6 win over the Milwaukee Wave in front of 4,774 excited fans at the Independence Events Center. Leo Gibson set a Comets playoff record with 11 points in the game. The Wave were held scoreless until late in the fourth quarter as the Comets claimed victory by the score of 20-6. Missouri now leads the MISL Semi-Finals series 1-0.
Missouri set the tone in this match early. Max Touloute scored just over four minutes into play on a great pass from Brian Harris. Gibson followed with his first goal not even a minute later. Stefan St. Louis notched the only goal of the second quarter after Lucas Rodriguez brought the ball the length of the field and drew the defense to him at the top of the arc. A wide open St. Louis easily tapped home the score, giving the Comets a 6-0 halftime lead
In the second half, a chaotic scrum in front of the Milwaukee net led to Gibson’s second goal. John Sosa was credited with the other goal when Ramone Palmer stole the ball from the Wave defense at midfield and found him for the score.
The fourth quarter saw the most action on the scoreboard. Milwaukee’s goalkeeper, Marcel Feenstra, began to push well up into the midfield to try and boost his team’s struggling offense. Noticing this, Gibson launched a long arcing shot from his own yellow line that bounced past Feenstra for the first three-point goal, and his third score of the night. Nearly three minutes later, Gibson again took advantage of the Wave’s high-pressured attack, taking a clearance from Bryan Perez the length of the field and beating Feenstra 1-on-1.
Milwaukee finally netted a goal from Philip Suprise in the seventh minute of the final frame, then Hewerton and Pablo would add two more in the final two minutes, but in-between, the Comets got a goal from Touloute and Gibson’s fifth goal of the night. Missouri’s high-powered attack was just too much for the Wave and the Comets rolled to a Game One victory, 20-6.
Game Two of the MISL Semi-Finals moves to Milwaukee’s U.S. Cellular Arena tomorrow night. A win would earn the Comets their second straight trip to the MISL Championship. Should the Wave win, a 15-minute mini game is played directly after Game Two to decide series.
Comets fans are invited to join Comets Nation Fan Club at Coach’s Bar & Grille on 103rd & Wornall for the team’s Official Watch Party. The game can also be viewed online at CometsIndoorSoccer.com/Live-
Feed, kickoff from Milwaukee is scheduled for 7:00p.m. CT.