by Pete Richmire

INDEPENDENCE, MO. – The Kansas City Comets (6-5) overcame a three-goal deficit to begin the fourth quarter by scoring four straight goals to overtake the Ontario Fury (5-2) at Cable Dahmer Arena Sunday evening. Lucas Sousa (3G-1A) and Leo Gibson (1G-3A) each had four points in the win.

The first quarter ended even, with each team picking up their first goal. Kansas City was on the board first when Gibson sent a heel pass to Ramone Palmer, who was racing into the box and one-timed a shot to the back of the net for a 1-0 Comets lead with 11:14 left in the first. Maicon De Abreu drew the Fury even with the first of his two first half goals.

De Abreu’s second goal put the Fury ahead and was just the first of four second quarter Ontario goals. Juan Topete, Robert Palmer, and Nestor Hernandez scored consecutively to give the Fury a comfortable 5-1 lead at the half.

Following a blue card to Ontario keeper Claysson De Lima, Gibson connected with Lee who knocked in the power play goal just 10 seconds into the man-advantage to cut the Fury lead to three at 5-2 with 8:24 left in the third. The Comets edged closer to the Fury when they pounced on an Ontario defensive error and Rian Marques found Sousa for his first of the night and it was 5-3 Fury.

Ontario answered quickly. Hernandez scored 31 seconds later, his second of the game, to go back up by three headed to the final quarter.

The final frame belonged to Kansas City. Gibson picked up a loose ball for a goal with 9:34 to play, making it a 6-4 game. With Gibson wearing the sixth attacker jersey, Sousa sent Mike DaSilva a pass from the left side and DaSilva buried it to bring the Comets within one at 6-5 with 5:15 remaining.

A key to the win for Kansas City came with just over four minutes to play when Fury two-goal scorer De Abreu was issued a yellow card for dissent, essentially taking him out of the remainder of the game with his team holding a one-goal lead.

With 3:03 left to go, Gibson returned to the sixth attacker position and needed just four seconds off a restart to get the ball to Sousa for the game-tying goal. It was yet another restart which led to the game winning goal for the Comets. From the top of the arc, John Sosa motioned for Sousa to go to his left and he got behind the Fury defense. Sosa placed a perfect pass to Sousa who put the Comets up 7-6 with 1:41 to play. Ontario brought on their sixth attacker, but Kansas City held them off and gave the Fury their second loss of the season.

The Comets will conclude their regular season campaign on Sunday March 14 with a visit from the Dallas Sidekicks at 5:05 pm CST. Tickets for that match are available through Ticketmaster or by calling (888) 9-COMETS.


1st – KC Palmer (Gibson) 3:46; ONT De Abreu (Stinson) 10:53. Penalties – ONT Goncalves blue card (tripping) 7:48.

2nd – ONT De Abreu (Gonzalez) 1:56; ONT Topete (Gonzalez) 3:36; ONT Palmer 5:33; ONT Hernandez (Stinson) 7:06. Penalties – KC Togbah blue card (reckless tackle) 7:48; ONT Mansaray blue card (handling) 11:58.

3rd – KC Lee (Gibson) PP 6:36; KC Sousa (Marques) 9:05; ONT Hernandez (Stinson) 9:36. Penalties – ONT De Lima blue card (reckless tackle) 6:26; KC Ramirez blue card (holding) 12:18.

4th – KC Gibson (Palmer) 5:26; KC DaSilva (Sousa) 9:45; KC Sousa (Gibson) 12:01; KC Sousa (Sosa) 13:19. Penalties – KC Stokic yellow card (dissent) 1:48; ONT De Abreu yellow card (dissent) 10:52.

Shots – Kansas City 6-16-5-11 (38); Ontario 11-12-11-5 (39)

The Dallas Sidekicks come to Cable Dahmer Arena Sunday, March 14 with a 5:05 pm CST start time. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster or by calling (888) 9-COMETS.