ST. CHARLES, Mo. – The Kansas City Comets completed a season sweep of their cross-state rivals, the St Louis Ambush, Saturday night and everyone got in on the act.
Seven different players scored with Vahid Assadpour, Guerrero Pino and Lucas Rodriguez each collecting two goals and Assadpour adding two assists in a convincing 10-4 victory that extended the Comets’ winning streak to seven games.
With four games left in the regular season, the 12-4 Comets now hold a one-game lead over the Cedar Rapids Rampage (11-5) in the Major Arena Soccer League’s Central Division.
The Comets return to the Silverstein Eye Centers Arena at 7:05 p.m. Saturday to take on the Dallas Sidekicks.
Midway through the first quarter Saturday, Rodriguez scored off a John Sosa textbook restart from the top of the arc for the only goal of the opening quarter.
Pino scored his first goal 40 seconds into the second quarter, opening the floodgates as the Comets took a 8-1 lead into the fourth period. Pino added a second goal, Assadpour scored both of his goals and Brian Harris, Sosa and Ignacio Flores each added a goal in that stretch to make it 8-0.
St. Louis elected to play the entire final period with the sixth attacker to pressure the Comets defense. After an empty-net goal by Odaine Sinclair, Victor France scored two goals and Joao Pepe scored another to cut the Comets lead to 9-4 with five minutes to play.
Rodriguez added an empty net goal at the 12:27 mark of the fourth to secure the victory.
Assadpour and Sosa also finished with two assists each. Comets goalkeeper Stephen Paterson finished with seven saves.