A weekend of hope slipped away from the Missouri Comets following a disappointing fourth quarter Sunday afternoon at the Independence Events Center.

A weekend of hope slipped away from the Missouri Comets following a disappointing fourth quarter Sunday afternoon at the Independence Events Center.

The Comets suffered an 11-6 loss to the defending Major Indoor Soccer League champion Milwaukee Wave despite briefly holding a 6-5 lead.

The Comets, who lost to another perennial league power in Baltimore (10-8 in overtime) Friday night, had enough opportunities to win each game.

“That’s life in the MISL,” Comets coach Kim Roentved said after watching his second-year team fall to 3-2 overall and 1-2 at home.

“What is so disappointing about today is all the missed opportunities. It could have been 8- or 10-2 in the first half and we just couldn’t find a way to put the ball in the back of the net. Very, very disappointing …

“But, with that being said, I couldn’t be happier with the effort. Our defense is much improved this year – the second half against Baltimore we did not allow a goal.

“Tonight, we got Byron (Alvarez) in the offense and led 6-5 going into the fourth quarter and Milwaukee finds a way to win the game by scoring three goals.

“We learned this weekend that we can compete with the very best teams, but we cannot make mistakes and we have to capitalize on all scoring opportunities to win.”

Alvarez, the reigning MISL scoring leader and MVP, got the Comets off to a quick 2-0 start as he took a perfect feed from Christiano on the left side of the net and drilled the ball past Wave goalkeeper Marcel Feenstra.

The Wave knotted the score at 2-all off a restart midway through the second quarter and took a 5-2 lead into halftime on a 3-point goal by Jonathan Santos with just 21 seconds left in the half.

Alvarez cut the deficit to 5-4 with his second goal of the game 3:14 into the third period, and Geison made a sliding goal to give the Comets the lead at 14:22 of the third.

But the fourth period was all Wave as the 3-0 visitors scored back-to-back goals in the opening 1:13 of the period to claim a lead they never relinquished.

“We’re disappointed,” Comets defender Brian Harris said, “but we are so much better than we were at this time last year. We have a long way to go, but we’ve got the best coach in the league.

“We know we can compete with the Baltimores and the Milwaukees, and we’re going to work hard to find a way to beat them.”