COMETS STREAK EXTENDS TO SIX GAMES
Lakeland, FL (Jan. 27, 2017) – The Kansas City Comets won their sixth straight on Friday night on the road against the Florida Tropics. Forward Ramone Palmer led the way with four assists and the game-winning goal as the Comets get the 7-6 victory.
Palmer’s first helper of the night went to defender Alain Matingou early in the opening quarter to give Kansas City an early 1-0 lead. From there, the Tropics and Comets would trade goals the rest of the quarter. Victor Rojas, Victor Parreiras and Jowayne Laidley scored for Florida while Odaine Sinclair and Lucas Rodriguez added to Kansas City’s tally.
The second quarter was much more reserved through the first ten minutes with the teams tied at 3. Kansas City held much of the possession, but Florida looked dangerous on several counterattacks. Florida’s Marco Rodriguez and Parreiras broke up the stalemate, scoring back-to-back goals in less than a minute.
Lucas Rodriguez scored a header off a restart just before the half, but the Comets found themselves down 5-4 at the halftime break.
Florida started goalkeeper Marcel Feenstra for the first time tonight. The former Milwaukee Wave starter is very familiar with the Comets and did not show any rust despite being out of action for nearly two seasons.
Despite being continuously frustrated by Feenstra, the Comets continued to attack the Tropics net. Florida countered this by double-teaming any Kansas City player who tried to bring the ball to goal.
Fighting against the double-team, Palmer held the ball in the corner to the left of the goal. He found captain Vahid Assadpour wide open in front of the goal and tied the game for the Comets.
Again battling two Tropics players, Palmer dug the ball out of the right-side corner and this time found Bryan Perez streaking towards goal for the score. Perez repaid the favor several minutes later to Palmer as the Comets took a 7-5 lead.
Florida tried to battle back and were actually able to get one back with the sixth attacker on the field, but the Comets were able to hold off any other attacks and held on for their win.
The victory puts the Comets half a game ahead of the Cedar Rapids Rampage for first place in the Central Division, with the Rampage set to play on Sunday in Milwaukee.
The Comets travel to St. Louis next Saturday, February 4th at 7:05 p.m. CT. They return to the Silverstein Eye Centers arena on February 11th against the Dallas Sidekicks at 7:05 p.m. CT. Tickets can be purchased on KCComets.com or Ticketmaster.com