The Missouri Comets experienced a weekend of extreme lows, and highs, as the fought back from two huge fourth-quarter deficits only to fall short at home before claiming a high-scoring victory on the road. 

The Missouri Comets experienced a weekend of extreme lows, and highs, as the fought back from two huge fourth-quarter deficits only to fall short at home before claiming a high-scoring victory on the road.


The Comets trailed 9-0 at home Saturday night against Baltimore, but rallied for eight fourth-quarter points before falling to the Blast 15-13.


They followed that heartbreaking loss with a galvanizing 21-20 victory at Omaha, as the two expansion teams combined for the most points scored in a Major Indoor Soccer League game this season.


The 4-8 Comets' victory Sunday afternoon was the second in a row on Omaha’s home turf. The Comets were down 18-12 against the Vipers with just under nine minutes to play when they rallied for the inspirational win.


Things did not look promising for the Comets at the start of the fourth quarter as Vipers head coach Marcelo Fontana scored his first goal of the year to give Omaha an 18-12 lead.


Then Jamar Beasley, who had been quiet for most of the game, exploded for his first goal to breathe some life into the Comets attack.


Thirty seconds later, Beasley beat goalkeeper Jose Bontti from the left corner. That goal was followed by a Byron Alvarez’s putback goal off a missed shot that ricocheted off the Vipers goalkeeper. It was Alvarez’s third goal of the game, moving him into second place in the MISL scoring race.


The game was then decided on what might be the strangest goal of the year. Vipers defender Ribeiro Fabinho turned around near midfield to pass back to his keeper, who was nowhere to be found as he got caught playing up too far.


The ball rolled into the net with Bontti chasing after it to no avail, giving the Comets a game-winning 3-point goal. The Vipers would score again with 40 seconds left, but it wasn’t enough, as the Comets sealed the one-point win.


“Fabinho is one of the best defenders in the league,” Beasley said. “I just wanted to pressure him, and he turned around and thought Bontti was there, and made a mistake.”


Forward Leo Gibson believes the Comets are finally learning how to close out games. “We just hadn’t been finishing games like we want to. Now I think we’re finally over that hump,” he said.


There were signs the team was close to finding a way to win a close game Saturday night in front of 3,907 fans at the Events Center.


The Blast had a 5-0 lead in the opening minutes of the game and led 9-0 before rookie Lucas Rodriguez ended the scoring drought with the Comets' first goal at 11:48 of the second period.


The Comets were caught celebrating their first goal and let the Blast’s Carlos Garcia sneak a shot past Danny Waltman just nine seconds later.


With 9:19 left in the fourth period and the Comets trailing 15-7, the hometown offense got cooking.


After a tripping foul in the box by the Blast’s Mike Lookingland, Alvarez was awarded a penalty kick that was blocked by Sagu. But Alvarez followed the shot and put the deflected ball into the back of the net.


The Comets then capitalized on a power play after the Blast was penalized for having too many men on the field. Beasley scored from the right side off an assist by Rodriguez, pulling the Comets to within 15-11.


With 3:45 to play, coach Kim Roentved pulled Waltman for a sixth attacker and quickly converted on Alvarez’s second goal of the game, bringing the Comets within a goal of tying things up.


It looked like the game would be tied when Rodriguez drilled the ball past a jumping Sagu, but it hit the crossbar and the team had to settle for a magnificent comeback that fell short of a victory.


“We can learn from this game,” Rodriguez said as he prepared for the trip to Omaha. “We were unlucky tonight. I still don’t know how I missed that shot at the end of the game. The luck was with Baltimore, but later in the season, if we keep working hard, the luck will be with our team.”


Retro Night: The Comets return home to take on the Milwaukee Wave at 7:35 p.m. Friday at the Events Center. Former Comets greats will be playing at halftime, including Alan Mayer, Gino Schiraldi, Doug Neely, Ted Eck, Tim Clark and Gordon Hill. Current Comets players will be playing in replica jerseys of the iconic rainbow-striped uniforms worn during the team’s inaugural 1981-1982 season. Those jerseys will be auctioned off after the game. The team is encouraging all longtime fans to break out their old Comets gear and wear it to the game.