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Comets beat SeaWolves, clinch playoff spot

Kansas City is headed to the playoffs for the eighth time in the last nine years since returning to indoor soccer

Thad Bell

The Kansas City Comets are headed back to the playoffs after a one year absence, confirming their spot with a 7-6 win in Orlando.

The Comets ended the first quarter with a 2-1 lead, with Comets goals from Leo Gibson and Lucas Rodriguez. The SeaWolves were level by halftime at 3 all after a Comets goal from Ramone Palmer.

Kansas City pulled away in the third period with a goal from Anthony Grant and two from Kevin Ellis, to give the Comets a 6-3 with one period remaining. Orlando’s comeback fell short as they scored three fourth quarter goals, but Nacho’s goal ended up being the match winner as the Comets eased into securing second place in the South Central Division with a 7-6 win in Orlando.

With this win, the 12-10 Comets have secured a spot in the Divisional Series of the 2019 Ron Newman Cup Playoffs against the Milwaukee Wave. Game one will be home at Silverstein Eyes Centers Arena on Thursday, April 18, at 7:35 PM CT with all tickets going on sale for $15 this Monday. Game two will be held in Milwaukee on Saturday, April 20, at 2:00 PM CT.

Leo Gibson’s stellar season continued, adding another two points off a goal and an assist to come within a point of Tacoma’s Nick Perera for most points this season. Kevin Ellis’ surprise signing with the Comets has continued to produce with a brace as well as an assist, taking his tally to 10 goals and four assists in just nine games.

Kim Roentved’s men have a quick rebound with a game against the Florida Tropics today at 6:05 PM CT.

Elsewhere around the MASL playoff picture, the Monterrey Flash will face the Rio Grande Valley Barracudas in the Southwest Division, Utica City FC will play the Baltimore Blast in the Eastern Division, and Landon Donovan and the San Diego Sockers will play either Danny Waltman and the Tacoma Stars or Jermaine Jones and the Ontario Fury in the Pacific Division.