MILWAUKEE – The Kansas City Comets claimed their third straight win while handing the Milwaukee Wave its first loss of the season.
Leo Gibson and Ramone Palmer each had two goals and an assist as the Comets rallied from a 3-1 deficit to claim a 7-6 win over the Wave Friday at UW-Milwaukee Arena.
Palmer put the Comets ahead 6-5 at the 9:47 mark of the fourth quarter when he scored on an assist from Alain Matingou. Matingou fired a low shot straight off of the hands of Milwaukee goalkeeper Rafael Dias and onto the foot of Ramone Palmer, who booted it in.
Matingou then booted in what turned out to be the game-winner on an assist from Stefan Stokic at the 13:16 mark after Milwaukee pulled its goalkeeper for a sixth attacker.
Max Ferninand scored with 12 seconds left to pull Milwaukee within 7-6 but the Comets held on to improve to 4-4 in the Major Arena Soccer League’s South Central Division.
Milwaukee (6-1) jumped to a 3-1 lead as Gibson scored the only Comets goal in the first quarter on an assist from Robert Palmer.
A big second quarter, though, gave the Comets a 4-3 lead at halftime. Gibson found the net for a second time, this time on a pass from Ramone Palmer, after some back and forth ball movement from the Comets offense.
Kansas City got a power play opportunity with 3:10 left in the half when Ricardinho Sobreira of the Wave was called for tripping. James Togbah scored the power-play goal on a pass from Lucas Rodriguez, slipping a shot just underneath the reach of Dias to tie it.
Ramone Palmer chest-bumped a ball from Gibson into the net at the 14:38 mark to put the Comets ahead for the first time.
Milwaukee’s Isaac Pereyra tied it with a shot past Comets goalkeeper Brett Petricek on a pass from Drew Ruggles at the 10:14 mark of the third period.
Togbah scored his second goal, a power play tally, on an assist from Lucas Rodriguez at the 2:27 mark of the fourth quarter to put the Comets back ahead.
Isaac Pereyra answered about six minutes later to tie it, then Ramone Palmer put the Comets ahead for good.