The Missouri Comets easily rolled over the Pennsylvania Roar on Friday. The Comets were on the happy side of a 24-4 rout that was not as close as the score showed. The Comets jumped out to a 20-4 lead by halftime and then pulled back for the second half.
"It was tough, I thought in the first half we were a bit disoriented, not enough composure on the ball, not enough technical ability," admitted Roar Dead Coach Eric Puls."In the second half they took their foot off the pedal a little bit and we picked our game up so it was closer."
"It's been the same for us all year," Puls continued. "We just haven't had all of our personnel available, a lot of it's been injuries. Being an expansion team is hard enough even if you have all of your players. We had three or four starters missing tonight so that hurts."
"That's what these games are for now, we're in the playoffs, now we're just going to tune up a little," Comets Head Coach Vlatko Andonovski said. "The goal for the second half was not getting scored on and I'm very happy with it. The second goal was to control the pace of the game. I wanted us to pretty much step on the ball and say we have control of this game."
Control the game they did. The Comets did not allow any more goals in the second half while adding pair of their own and giving plenty of time to some of the more inexperienced players.
The Comets were able to easily dominate the visitors without a couple key starters. Vahid Assadpour misses his second straight game recovering from a knee strain. "If it were the last game of the year, Vahid would have played, but not this game. Andonovski said. "We want him 100 percent healthy for the playoffs."
Coady Andrews also was not in the lineup but his injury is more serious. A fractured bone in his ankle will keep him out for the rest of the season. "For Coady it was just a freak accident," Andonovski explained. "He went to block a shot (in practice) and he is out for the season. He's a huge piece of our puzzle, a great defender, a great guy, just someone you would hate to lose at any point."
Andrews also plays outdoor with the Harrisburg City Islanders in USL PRO and is one of the top defenders in the league. With the expected 6-8 weeks of recovery Andrews will miss at least some time with the Islanders.