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Examiner
  • Geison named MISL’s top player

  • For the second year in a row, the Missouri Comets are the home team of the MISL MVP.

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  • For the second year in a row, the Missouri Comets are the home team of the MISL MVP.
    Forward Geison was named the winner of the award Thursday afternoon, joining teammate Byron Alvarez, who claimed the top honor in the Comets first season.
    Geison led the league with 90 points and 38 goals. He started the season with a five-goal performance at Wichita and never slowed down.
    “Geison played like an MVP all season,” Comets coach Kim Roentved said.
    “He became a big scoring threat for us this year, which we expected of him.
    “I can’t say we expected him to score 90 points.  He obviously worked extremely hard and took his game to a new level. He matured from being a good player last year to a great player this year. I’m very proud of him. And the fact that he’s just 25 years old makes me very excited for his future.”
    While the youngster is proud of his award, Geison admits he would trade it for something else.
    “My fiancée asked me why I wasn’t happier,” Geison said, “and I told her I would trade the MVP Award for a championship. That was our goal this year, winning a championship.
    “The MVP is special and I would not have won it without my great teammates, but I wanted to see what it would be like to play for the championship and that didn’t happen.”
    The Comets lost 9-7 at Milwaukee in the Central Division finals.
    Geison’s work ethic this season paid big dividends for the young man who came out of nowhere to win the award.
    “If I thought I had any chance to win the MVP Award I would have written it into my contract,” Geison joked. “I put in a lot of hard work this season. I stayed after most practices and worked hard. I did the extra stuff. I believe if you work hard, you will be rewarded and I worked hard.
    “We will all work hard next year, and maybe we will play for the championship.”
    Geison’s previous career high was 33 points last season for the Comets.  He surpassed that total in just his ninth game of the year.
    “You could see after the first game that Geison was going to be a special player,” Alvarez said. “He works as hard as anyone I’ve ever played with and he has so much skill. He is going to be a very good player for a long time.
    “He deserves to win the MVP.
    MISL award winners were selected through a vote by MISL team management and select media members. Geison received 32 points in MVP voting, topping Rochester’s Mauricio Salles by 14 points.  
    Page 2 of 2 - Baltimore’s Sagu was named Goalkeeper of the Year, beating out the Comets’ Danny Waltman by a mere two points.  Sagu’s teammate Mike Lookingland was Defender of the Year, besting Leo Gibson of the Comets.
    Slavisa Ubiparapovic of Syracuse was named Rookie of the Year.  Milwaukee’s Keith Tozer topped Roentved for Coach of the Year honors. 
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