Kim Roentved exited his Missouri Comets office at the Independence Events Center looking more like a man who was leaving the funeral of a friend than a coach who had to dissect a gut-wrenching 14-10 Major Indoor Soccer League loss Friday night to the Omaha Vipers.

Kim Roentved exited his Missouri Comets office at the Independence Events Center looking more like a man who was leaving the funeral of a friend than a coach who had to dissect a gut-wrenching 14-10 Major Indoor Soccer League loss Friday night to the Omaha Vipers.

“This loss really hurts, especially since we had such a nice lead and so much momentum going into the second half,” Roentved said after the Vipers used Chili Farias’ hat trick to overcome a six-point deficit to claim the first win in team history.

“I did not see the same Comets team out there the second half that I saw in the first half, and that is very disappointing. I know what happened – they outscored us 10-0 in the second half, but I don’t know why it happened.

“We played such excellent defense in the first half, and scored some goals off our defense. And then, it just disappeared in the second half. They could not get through our defense in the first half, then, well, in the second half it was a different game.”

Comets goalkeeper Danny Waltman was a big reason the score was a close as it was, as he stopped several point-blank shots throughout the night.

“When we lost (20-9) to the defending league champion (Milwaukee Wave) in the season opener, we were disappointed – but we lost to a very good, veteran team,” Waltman said.

“Tonight, what happened is just unacceptable for us and for our fans. They’re an expansion team, playing their first game, and we have a 10-4 lead and give it up.”

The letdown made the Comets’ second loss sting more than their first even though it was closer.

“That hurts. It hurts a lot more than our opening loss,” Waltman said. “We had a great week of practice, we had scrimmaged them a week ago and kind of knew what to expect, and then we don’t get the job done.

“The only good thing about this is that we play them again Sunday, and we have the opportunity to go up to Omaha and ruin their home opener.”

The Vipers started the scoring early at the 1:43 mark in the first quarter with a 2-point goal by Farias.

The Comets would answer later in the quarter with an unassisted 3-point goal by Leo Gibson that ricocheted into the net off a Vipers defender. At the end of the first period, the Comets lead 3-2.

The Vipers Paulinho Le Petit scored a 2-pointer at the 7:44 mark of the second period to give the visitors a 4-2 lead.

But the Comets came back with a flurry of goals, starting with a 3-point power-play goal by Geison Moura at the 9:09 mark. Two minutes later, Vahid Assadpour scored his second goal of the season with an assist from Byron Alvarez. With 37 seconds left in the first half, the Comets went up by 10-4 after an unbelievable goal by Alvarez, off an assist from Moura.

Following the goal, Alvarez jumped into the crowd of 4,159 and celebrated with the fans.

But that was the last moment of celebration. The Vipers came back with a vengeance and took the lead for good off a bicycle-kick goal from Farias off an assist from goalkeeper Jose Bonti.

The final Vipers goal came on an open-net kick by Richardinho, as Roentved pulled Waltman in favor of a sixth attacker.

The Comets are sponsoring a spirit bus to Omaha for Sunday’s game. Fans are invited to come to the Soccer Dome, off Front Street, Sunday morning. Fans can make the trip on a first-come, first-served basis. Fans are encouraged to arrive before 10 a.m. and the bus will leave at 10:30 a.m. It will return to the Soccer Dome after the game.

The cost is $40 and that includes a ticket to Sunday’s game. For more information call 816-478-2255 (BALL).