by Pete Richmire

INDEPENDENCE, MO. – The Comets have announced the re-signing of goalkeeper Nicolau Neto with a two-year contract following a season in which he set career highs in games played, minutes played, and saves. The terms of the agreement, per team and league policies, were not disclosed.

Neto, a native of Brazil, posted a 10-8-3 record last season in 21 regular-season games and stopped 273 shots for the Comets. His previous career-best was 167 saves during the 2021-22 campaign.

The former AMC Conference Player of the Year and NAIA All-American is looking to build on last season’s numbers. He said, “I’m extremely excited for this new chapter with the Comets. I’m looking forward to continuing to perfect my game and helping my teammates as we make a push for a championship this season.”

In all, he has seen action in 57 regular-season games with a 30-18-7 record and 685 saves. Offensively he has tallied seven assists in his four MASL seasons. In 13 post-season games, he is 6-5-2 with an additional 128 saves.

Last season the Comets were second in the Eastern Conference for fewest goals allowed and head coach Stefan Stokic is pleased the backstop for Kansas City’s defense is returning.

“As an organization, we are so happy to have Neto back, Neto will be the anchor to our defensive play and brings a great leader back to the field for the Kansas City Comets,” Stokic said.