by Jeff Husted

Independence, MO (Nov. 4, 2107) – The Kansas City Comets opened the 2017-2018 season with a 10-8 victory over their cross-state rivals, the St. Louis Ambush. St. Louis' Victor France led all scorers with four goals for the Ambush, but it wasn't enough as the Comets earned the victory. The team was led by Bryan Perez and his two goals and two assists. Odaine Sinclair chipped in with three assists on the night.

The first quarter was back-and-forth from the start. The Comets took the lead after six minutes when forward Hunjak put one in, but two minutes later, the Ambush tied it up after midfielder Victor France got one past Comets' goalkeeper Casey Gasson. Kansas City would regain the lead less than a minute later after Flores headed in a ball off the glass from Sinclair. St. Louis would tie it up with under a minute to play with France's second goal.

The Comets would relinquish the lead in the second quarter when Ambush defender Joao Pepe scored a Power Play goal following a tripping penalty to Nacho Flores. The second year midfielder made up for the call when he assisted on Beltran's goal to tie the game up at three. Another blue card moments later, this time to Kansas City's Lucas Rodriguez for pushing, led to another Ambush Power Play goal and halftime lead of 4-3.

Kansas City began the comeback in the third quarter. After a pushing foul sent Ambush's Richard Schmermund to the penalty box, Flores scored his second of the night to tie the game up 4-4. There were chances back and forth after that, but the quarter ended with both teams tied at four.

The final 15 minutes were wild and saw 10 goals scored in the period, including a span of four goals in five minutes. Kansas City native Pat Kelly scored his first goal of the season off of Rodriguez's second assist of the night. Less than a minute later, Gibson extended the lead with a Golazo from outside the edge of the circle. The Ambush wouldn't go away quietly. France tallied a hat trick to cut the lead to one before Gibson earned a brace to extend the lead to two once again.

The Central Division rivalry tied up again after the Ambush scored twice in less than 30 seconds to level it 7-7. The Comets weren't finished yet. After a series of blocked shots, Kansas City broke through via Perez to retake the lead 8-7. The Ambush briefly tied it back up 8-8, but Perez scored his second of the night off a chest-volley to retake the lead 9-8.

The Ambush inserted Hewerton as a sixth attacker and the Comets took immediate advantage, with Pino scoring on an open goal to make it 10-8 where the score would stay.

The Comets will stay in Kansas City to take on the Milwaukee Wave at Silverstein Eye Centers Arena next Sunday, November 4th. Kick-off is scheduled for 5:05 p.m. CT. Tickets can be purchased on or