by Jeff Husted

KANSAS CITY (November 12, 2017) – The Kansas City Comets lost 7-4 to their longtime rival, the Milwaukee Wave. Nacho Flores had three points (1 goal, 2 assists) to lead all Comets scorers while Andre Braithwaite scored two goals in his first game back with the team since 2015. Ultimately it wasn't enough as the Wave were led Robert Renaud and Ian Bennett who each scored two goals for the Wave.

An errant pass early in the opening quarter led to Milwaukee's first goal from Marcio Leite. After Tanner Hunjak briefly tied the game for the Comets, Jonatan Santos put the Wave up 2-1 to finish the 1st quarter.

In his first game in two years, Braithwaite opened his account four minutes into the second quarter. His score tied the game again for the Comets as this match began to look like a classic back-and-forth battle that this rivalry is known for.

Unfortunately, the Wave found a second wind and scored three unanswered goals in the final seven minutes of the game. Andre Hayne, Bennett and Renaud gave Milwaukee a 5-2 cushion heading into the halftime break.

Kansas City came out of halftime looking to erase the deficit. The Comets looked dangerous for the first half of the third quarter, but were unable to convert any shots into goals. The Comets defense held true and kept Milwaukee out of the back of the net, ending the third quarter with no scores from either side.

A fourth quarter power play set up the Comets' third goal of the game. After the Wave were caught with too many men on the field, Kansas City took advantage of the extra man as 'Nacho' Flores set up Braithwaite's second goal of the game.

Following a controversial holding call on rookie Alvaro Beltran, Milwaukee was awarded a two-minute man advantage which they quickly converted.

Bringing on the sixth attacker, Flores added another late goal to get the Comets to within 6-4. However, Renaud was able to break through Kansas City's sixth attacker and scored an empty net goal to seal their 7-4 victory.

Kansas City will have some time to regroup and rest now. The team will next play in Milwaukee on December 1st against the Wave. The team will be able to get healthy and learn from this match before kicking off on the road at 7:10 p.m. CT on the 1st.

The Kansas City Comets have a long rich history of indoor soccer in KC, including the 2014 MISL Championship and three straight Central Division Championships. For tickets and information call 888-9-COMETS.