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Examiner
  • Late Wave spoils Comets' opener

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  • Vahid Assadpour gave the fans their money's worth just 17 seconds into the season opener for the Missouri Comets.
    He scored a quick goal to give the hometown team a 2-0 lead over rival Milwaukee at the Independence Events Center.
    The Comets built that lead to 21-15 with just over 6:01 to play in the fourth quarter when the Wave scored six unanswered points – four coming with a sixth attacker – to knot the score at 21-all at the end of regulation.
    Milwaukee's Ian Bennett then scored his fifth goal of the game at 8:36 of the overtime period off a restart to give the Wave a come-from-behind 23-21 victory.
    “It was tough to lose, especially after leading 21-15 with six minutes left,” Comets first-year head coach Vlatko Andonovoski said, “but you look at how they scored – six with a sixth attacker, four when we were a man down and four after a restart.
    “Those are things we can correct. A more seasoned team makes it 24-15 when a goalkeeper is pulled for a sixth attacker, and we gave up six points. The energy level was high among the crowd and our players.
    “I am eager to get to practice on Tuesday and start correcting some of our mistakes so we don't suffer a loss like that again.”
    First-year Comet Alex Megson followed Assadpour's two-pointer with a goal of his own, and Missouri took an 8-3 lead into the first break.
    Milwaukee's Luan Oliveira was the only player to score a goal in the second quarter as the teams headed into halftime with the score 8-5.
    Missouri's Leo Gibson made a steal that he converted into a three-point goal and John Sosa and Brian Harris added back-to-back goals, and it appeared a rout was on.
    The Comets padded their lead to 21-15 in the fourth period when Milwaukee sent out Carlos Munoz as a sixth attacker.
    “We had to do something, and as it turned out, the strategy worked,” Milwaukee coach Keith Tozer said. “I know their fans are disappointed in the end result, but this was a great night for the Comets and the MISL.
    “There were a lot of fans in the stands, the atmosphere was electric and this game shows how quickly teams can change the score of a game.”
    A bit too quickly for Assadpour.
    “That's a hard way to lose,” Assadpour said before joining his teammates for a postgame autograph session. “We made mental mistakes, and those are mistakes we can eliminate with more practice, and getting to know each other better out on the playing field.”
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