The Kansas City Comets return home from a two-game road trip that saw Soles de Sonora, the most explosive team in the Major Arena Soccer League, claim a 14-7 victory over coach Kim Roentved’s team, while a furious comeback from a 9-2 deficit ended in a heartbreaking 14-13 overtime loss to the El Paso Coyotes.
Bryan Perez and Leo Gibson each totaled five points in Sunday’s overtime loss to the Coyotes. Perez finished with four goals and an assist while Gibson added three goals and two assists.
The Coyotes’ Omar Ledesma scored two minutes into the overtime period to give El Paso the win.
Sunday’s game was delayed more than an hour after the arena experienced delays in preparing the field. El Paso took a 1-0 lead with a power play goal at the 4:15 mark, but the Comets answered with goals from Ignacio Flores and Gibson for the lead. Diego Salas tied it for El Paso at 11:19.
The Comets were shut out in the second period, allowing seven straight Coyotes goals, the last two by Daniel Frias, and fell behind 9-2 at halftime.
After a fiery halftime talk from Roentved, the Comets came out and scored five consecutive goals in the third period as Anthony Grant, Perez, Gibson, Carlos Trombini and Lucas Rodriguez all found the back of the net. Perez then answered an El Paso goal with his second goal to make it 10-8 entering the final period.
The fourth quarter opened with the two teams trading goals as Rodriguez and Gibson made it 12-10 midway through the period. Perez struck for a pair of goals at the 8:30 and 9:43 to tie it with just over five minutes left.
El Paso briefly retook the lead, but with one minute remaining Gibson found Guerrero Pino sitting alone at the back post. Pino took the pass and tapped it in to tie it again.
Roentved saw an opportunity to push the attack on El Paso and inserted the sixth attacker shortly after overtime began. Controversy ensued as a foul was called two minutes into the extra period. Rather than place the ball at the spot of the foul, El Paso opted for a quick restart near the middle of the field, away from any Comets presence. The restart found a wide open Ledesma, who was able to end the game by tucking a shot inside the near post.
On Saturday, the Comets made their first trip to Hermosillo, Mexico, Saturday and could not stop the most successful offense in the MASL, losing 14-7 to Soles de Sonora.
Because of injuries and travel visa issues, the Comets were forced to play with a limited number of players.
The game was tied 3-3 at the half, with Adam James, Flores and Gibson scoring for the Comets. Sonora, though, controlled all components of the game in the second half to claim the victory.
Rodriguez scored two straight goals at the 5:53 and 8:06 marks of the third quarter to tie it 5-5 but Sonora scored five straight goals to take command.
Trombini and Flores added fourth-quarter goals for the Comets. Flores finished with two goals and an assist and Perez had three assists.
The Comets dropped to 6-14 with a pair games left in the regular season, including Friday at Tacoma. The season finale is 5:05 p.m. Sunday against the Florida Tropics at Silverstein Eye Centers Arena.