The Kansas City Comets dropped their third straight game, this time at the hands of the St. Louis Ambush by a score of 5-4 in a game that had many missed opportunities for both sides.
The Comets were without Kevin Ellis due to a death in the family while captain John Sosa served his one game suspension for point accumulation.
Duduca Carvalho opened the scoring early for the Ambush, but Lucas Rodriguez responded for the visitors after Leo Gibson found him from a restart at the top of the arc. Wil Nyamsi put the Ambush back in front as the first quarter ended with a 2-1 scoreline. The second quarter ended scoreless after goalkeeper Nicolau Neto was forced into some extremely big saves, but KC also failed to convert on two powerplays.
JT Thomas made it 3-1 after he capitalized on the 3v2 counter attack. The Ambush killed their third powerplay of the afternoon to the third period with a 3-1 lead. Robert Palmer made it 3-2 with a rocket past the keeper. JT Thomas scored his second for St. Louis after his mishit shot found the back of the net. Mirko Sandivari brought the Comets within a goal with an incredible effort where he glided the ball along the glass and in off the post. Lucas Rodriguez found the equalizer for the Comets after the Comets attack went the length of the turf in seconds. With his first goal of the season, Jonathan Santos had the answer for St. Louis after he lifted the ball over Neto, which ended up being the game-winning goal as the Ambush grabbed the 5-4 win.
The Comets lose another close one in St. Louis, dropping to 8-10 on the season while the Ambush improve to a franchise-best 9-11.
The shorthanded Comets fell to the Ambush as Stefan Stokic ended the game in the hospital. Even with all the big saves from Neto, the Comets still out-shot the Ambush 34-23. The three failed powerplays for the Comets really killed any chance of a shift of momentum in key areas of the game. The Comets will look to end this season’s I-70 Series with a 3-3 record when the Ambush finish the season in KC at the end of March.
The Comets have a quick turnaround as they await the Orlando SeaWolves for their first of two remaining home games this season on Thursday at Silverstein Eye Centers Arena.
Matt Lewis, Comet defender currently with Detroit City FC of National Independent Soccer Association on loan from the New York Cosmos, scored Detroit City’s first ever goal in the 22nd minute in their first ever win over Los Angeles Force. Another Comet who departed early was Ray Lee, who is trialing with an unnamed USL club. The final Comet who departed was Ray Saari, who signed with USL’s OKC Energy FC, who kick off their regular season Saturday against the Colorado Springs Switchbacks.