ALLEN, Texas – After winning their first MISL championship last season, the Missouri Comets began a new season in a new league Saturday with a strong showing.
The Comets kicked off the Major Arena Soccer League season with a solid 13-4 victory over the Dallas Sidekicks, which had not lost at home in the Allen Event Center in two years.
Having led the league in both points and assists last year, forward Leo Gibson scored four goals and had two assists, while captain Vahid Assadpour notched a hat trick and two assists. In all, seven different players scored for the Comets.
Less than four minutes after kickoff, Assadpour scored the first goal in MASL history on an assist from Bryan Perez after beating Brazilian goalkeeper Sagu.
Moments later, Alain Matingou tallied his first professional goal before defender Brian Harris found the top corner to make it 3-0 at the end of the first quarter.
The Comets continued to gain control in the second quarter as Gibson scored his first goal.
Halfway through the second quarter Fabio Leite scored for Dallas to cut it to 4-1, but moments later the referees gave the Comets a penalty kick opportunity after Angel Rivillo elbowed John Sosa. Gibson converted to make it 5-1.
Before halftime, Coady Andrews scored his first MASL goal, while Dallas’ Jamie Lovegrove headed a cross to make it 6-2.
Milan Ivanovic scored shortly after the start of the second half, but Cameron Brown followed with the Sidekicks’ third goal.
But two more penalty kick conversions by Gibson followed goals from Assadpour and Andrew Braithwaite to put the Comets up 11-3 at the end of the third quarter.
In the last 15 minutes, Ivanovic scored his second goal on an assist from Matingou and Assadpour completed his hat trick.