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Missouri Comets



Team Wins First Match in Weekend Series 22-4

INDEPENDENCE, Missouri (January 17, 2013) – In front of 4,349 fans at the Independence Events Center, the Missouri Comets earn a victory over the Milwaukee Wave in the first half of the home-and-home series that is taking place this weekend. The Comets clicked all night both offensively and defensively, scoring a 22-4 victory. Aided by three long range three-point goals against Milwaukee’s sixth attacker, the Comets never trailed and ran away with the victory in the fourth quarter. Lucas Rodriguez led all scorers with seven points for the night.

The first half was a strong one for the Comets. Rodriguez started off the night with a power play goal four minutes into the first quarter. Milwaukee’s Ian Bennett would take credit for the Wave’s only goal of the half, tapping a shot past Comets goalkeeper Danny Waltman’s reach.

Leo Gibson, with the help of a Milwaukee defender, broke the tie shortly after that and Byron Alvarez tapped in a goal from the corner to end the quarter. Defender Brian Harris only needed fourteen seconds of the second quarter to blast home a three point goal and give the Comets a 9-2 lead they would take into the half.

Wary of a third quarter Wave comeback the Comets buckled down defensively. Expectedly, Coach Keith Tozer’s squad came out very aggressively from the break. The Wave’s Luan Oliveria would score the second, and ultimately final, goal for Milwaukee with five minutes to spare in the period. However, John Sosa worked a perfect restart pass to Lucas Rodriguez to answer.

The fourth quarter belonged to the Comets. Ramone Palmer would score midway through the period to increase the Comets lead to 13-4. Milwaukee then inserted the sixth attacker to try and climb back into the match. Fortunately for the Comets, Robert Palmer, Harris and Rodriguez each took advantage of an open net for three-point scores. Altogether, Missouri netted an eleven point final quarter and a 22-4 victory.