ST. CHARLES, Mo. – The Kansas City Comets kept their faint Major Arena Soccer League playoff hopes alive Saturday,
Leo Gibson scored four goals, including the game-winner with just 1:51 left as the Comets edged the host St. Louis Ambush 7-6 in The Family Arena.
That, combined with a loss by the Cedar Rapids Rampage, kept the Comets alive in the race for the Central Division playoffs. The Comets improved to 5-11 while Cedar Rapids dropped to 8-9 with six games left.
After Pablo Da Silva and Hewerton Moreira scored fourth-quarter goals to tie it with 2:02 left in regulation, Gibson struck just 11 seconds later on an assist from Alvaro Beltran for the game-winner.
After St. Louis took the early lead on a goal by James Thomas, the Comets reeled off four straight goals. Anthony Grant tied it at 9:35 of the first quarter. Gibson then sandwiched his first two goals around an unassisted goal by Odaine Sinclair for a 4-1 lead. Gibson scored at 4:35 of the third quarter for the 4-1 lead.
Adam James answered an Ambush goal at 13:14 of the third to make it 5-2. St. Louis cut it to 5-4 before Gibson completed a hat trick on a pass from Lucas Rodriguez at 5:02 of the fourth quarter to make it 6-4.
After St. Louis tied it, Kansas City put its faith once again in Gibson, feeding him the ball at the top of the Ambush penalty box. Despite being draped with three St Louis defenders, Gibson fought through and directed a shot to the right side, just out of reach of the Ambush goalkeeper.
Rodriguez finished with three assists.
The Comets play host to the Ambush at Silverstein Eye Centers Arena at 7:35 p.m. Friday.