Saturday, January 16, 2021

FOUR UMKC ALUMS EXCEL WITH THE MISSOURI COMETS

The 2014-15 Major Arena Soccer League features two Mexican clubs and 21 American teams, one of which is the Missouri Comets. This professional Kansas City team includes four UMKC alumni: Coady Andrews, Brian Harris, Bryan Perez, and John Sosa.

Last weekend, the Comets defeated the Tulsa Revolution 15-5 in front of 506 fans at the Cox Business Center. This was one night after defeating the Chicago Mustangs 15-6 at the Independence Events Center. The Comets remain undefeated, having won all seven matches this year.

Sosa, Max Touloute and Robert Palmer each tallied hat tricks (three goals) and a total of eight players scored for the Comets, while goalkeeper Brendan Allen played 57 minutes appearing in goal for the first time this year.

For the sixth time in the season, the Comets started off strong and scored the first goal of the match, courtesy of team captain Vahid Assadpour. Sam Guernsey equalized one minute later.

Later in the quarter, Palmer gave the visitors the lead again. Touloute added another one, assisted by Patrick Kelly, ending the quarter with a 3-1 score.

The Comets carried the momentum into the second quarter, where they notched five goals and allowed only one.  At the 3:25 mark, Brian Harris extended the lead. Four minutes later, Brian Beckford would shorten it once again. Nonetheless, the reigning MISL champions scored four consecutive goals from Harris, Touloute, Leo Gibson and Palmer to end the half 8-2.

In the third stanza, Beckford scored for the Revolution, then Sosa scored three consecutive tallies in less than four minutes. The quarter ended at 11-3 in favor of the Comets.

Tulsa came out stronger in the last quarter, but Allen had an outstanding performance which motivated the Comets. Four more goals came from Perez, Palmer, Andre Braithwaite and Touloute, in addition to Michael Poneys’ and Guernsey’s goals for Tulsa. The match ended with a final score of 15-5.

So far, Harris has accumulated 15 points with 11 goals and four assists. Perez has nine goals and six assists. Sosa records a total of 11 points with three goals and eight assists. Andrews has tallied two goals and two assists.

Next up, the Comets will host the Wichita B-52s for the second time this season on Saturday, Dec. 13 at the Independence Events Center.

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