Revenge is sweet.
Revenge is sweet.
Just ask any member of the Missouri Comets.
The first-year Major Indoor Soccer League team didn’t take advantage of numerous early opportunities handed to them by Omaha Sunday afternoon at the Omaha Civic Arena, but roared back with two late goals to defeat the Vipers 12-11.
Omaha scored 10 unanswered points Friday night at the Independence Events Center to down the Comets 14-10.
The Vipers scored the first two goals of the final period Sunda afternoon, including a short-handed goal by Comet killer Chili Farias, who has scored four goals in two games against the Comets.
Tony Avery scored the Comets’ first goal of the fourth quarter to cut the deficit to 11-8.
After inserting Vahid Assadpour as a sixth man for goalkeeper, Danny Waltman, the Comets came roaring back on back-to-back goals by Leo Gibson and Byron Alvarez, who scored his third goal of the game – which proved to be the game winner.
“This feels great,” Comets coach Kim Roentved said. “To come back like we did, on the road, in a tough environment – this is incredible. I’m so proud of our guys for not giving up and fighting like we did.”
The Comets struck first with time running out in the first period on Alvarez’s first goal. The Vipers led 3-2 at the half on a 3-point goal by Farias.
Things heated up in the second half, including tempers, as the Vipers’ Le Petit was ejected from the game midway through the third period.
The Comets struck quickly at the start of the half with a quick turn around goal by Geison Moura at the 4:00 mark. The Vipers would score the next two goals to take a 7-4 lead, but Alvarez cut the deficit to 7-6 with his second goal of the afternoon.
That set up the exciting finale.
The Comets are 1-2 and play next Saturday at Milwaukee. Their next home game is a 3:10 p.m. affair against Chicago Dec. 19 at the Events Center.
In other Comets news, the team has signed defender, Jose Luiz Birche De Souza to a one-year contract.
The 29-year-old Brazilian has been training with the Comets while his visa and loan paperwork were being finalized.
De Souza is a strong, left-footed player with international club experience in both the indoor and outdoor game. He has played for clubs like S.C. Corinthians Paulista, Monterray LaRaza and Clube Atletico Paranaense. To make room for De Souza, a corresponding roster move will be announced at a later date.
“Birche brings a wealth of experience to our team, and a much need physical presence on defense,” Roentved said.