Missouri Comets defender Leo Gibson came up with one word to describe Friday night’s 15-14 loss to the Milwaukee Wave at the Independence Events Center: terrible.

Missouri Comets defender Leo Gibson came up with one word to describe Friday night’s 15-14 loss to the Milwaukee Wave at the Independence Events Center: terrible.

One reason Gibson considered it such a brutal loss was because it took place the night former Comet and Attack defender Gino Schiraldi’s number was retired at halftime.

“It was something we should’ve created for him to remember,” said Gibson, who scored two 2-point goals.

No doubt, Schiraldi will remember Friday, despite the Comets’ loss to their MISL Central Division rivals. During the halftime ceremony, he told the fans: “This is very special for me to tonight. I’m very touched by this.”

However, according to Gibson, the Comets (14-9) wanted to win not only for Schiraldi, but also for their injured personnel. Midfielder Vahid Assadpour (back) and defender Ryan Junge (ankle) had to sit out because of injuries. In addition, forward Tiguinho has to leave the game during the third quarter.

“(It would’ve been) a great way for us to go out there and just celebrate and make them feel a bit relaxed about whatever they’re going through,” Gibson said.

Gibson found the loss tough to take for another reason: the Comets blew a 10-2 halftime lead.

After Nicolas Perera gave Milwaukee a 2-0 lead at 9:54 in the first quarter, the Comets tagged the Wave with five 2-point goals. Comets midfielder Geison lined in a shot at 12:17 to tie it. Byron Alvarez finished a corner kick during a power play to make it 4-2 Comets at 14:06 in the first and quarter scored again at 11:29 in the second quarter. Neto turned on a pass from Geison and slipped it through at 12:13. Gibson then finished a deflection during a power play situation to make it 10-2 Comets at halftime.

Milwaukee answered with a nine-point third quarter to take an 11-10 lead into the fourth quarter. Although the Comets answered the Wave’s two fourth-quarter goals, they couldn’t reclaim the lead.

Comets coach Kim Roentved was disappointed with his team’s second-half performances. He also was disappointed that the Comets got into a shoving match with the Wave after the final horn sounded.

“I need to investigate it a little more, see what happened there, because after 60 minutes, the game is over,” he said. “We need to be professionals and we need to stay away from situations like that, especially with another three games (against Milwaukee) coming up.”

The Comets will face the Wave (18-5) again Sunday at the Independence Events Center and twice during the Central Division finals. Gieson’s expecting the intensity level to go up a few notches for those final meetings.

“I know it’s going to get tougher and tougher ,” he said. “We just know even more … (about) each other. But what can we do? Just fight through it.”