TOWSON, Md. – The Kansas City Comets dug themselves a hole in the first quarter against the Baltimore Blast and were unable to make the complete comeback, falling 10-9 at the SECU Arena Sunday afternoon.
Leo Gibson led the way for Kansas City with four goals and two assists.
The Comets outscored the Blast 8-4 over the final three quarters, but were outscored 6-1 in the first quarter.
The Comets were unable to adjust to Baltimore’s smaller field in the opening quarter amd fell behind 5-0 before Kevin Ellis was able to beat Baltimore’s William Vanzela for Kansas City’s first goal.
In the second quarter, Kansas City came out firing. Gibson scored his first goal 52 seconds into the period, then following another Baltimore goal, he scored his second only two minutes later. The second Gibson score set off a streak of four straight Kansas City goals to get the Comets within a goal of their hosts.
The two teams traded goals in the final minutes of the half as the teams went to the break with Baltimore leading 8-7.
Baltimore’s Vini Dantas briefly put the Blast up by two goals early in the third period, but John Sosa hit a rocket from behind the Comets’ yellow line to make it a one-goal game after three periods.
Dantas scored his fifth goal of the match in the first four minutes of the fourth period to make it 10-8 for the Blast, but the Comets continued to pressure. Gibson set up Ramone Palmer for an easy chest deflection into the goal midway through the final period to make it a one-goal game.
That was as close as the Comets could get as Kansas City was not able to find an equalizer.
Their second straight loss dropped the Comets to 9-9 on the season but they still hold a half-game lead on the St. Louis Ambush (10-11) and a game lead on the Orlando SeaWolves (7-9) for the second and final playoff spot in the Major Arena Soccer League’s South Central Division.