The Comets, who couldn’t take advantage of numerous opportunities handed to them by the expansion Omaha Vipers, came back with a late scoring flurry to earn their first win of the season. A missed penalty kick, a yellow card, a Vipers player ejection, and multiple scoreless power plays almost cost the team dearly. The team came back from an 11-8 deficit late in the 4th quarter at the Omaha Civic Auditorium to defeat the Vipers 12-11.
The Comets struck first with time running out in the 1st period on a goal by Byron Alvarez. The Vipers lead at the half after 3-point goal off an inbounds play by Comets killer, Chili Farias. Vipers lead 3-2 at the half.
Both team heated up in the 2nd half, including tempers, as Vipers player, Le Petit was ejected from the game mid-way through the 3rd period. The Comets struck quickly at the start of the half with a quick turn-around goal by Geison Moura at the 4 minute mark. The Vipers would score the next 2 goals, one on a power play, the other on a 2-on-1 break. Late in the quarter, Byron Alvarez scored his second goal of the game to close out the period. Omaha lead 7-6 at the end of the 3rd quarter.
The Vipers scored the first two goals of the final period, including a short-handed goal by Chili Farias, his second of the game, giving him four goals in two games against the Comets. Tony Avery scored the Comets first goal of the 4th quarter to bring the Comets closer at 11-8. After inserting Vahid Assadpour as a sixth man for goalkeeper, Danny Waltman, the Comets came roaring back on back-to-back goals by Leo Gibson and Byron Alvarez’s 3rd goal of the game.
“This feels great,” said Comets head coach, Kim Roentved. “To come back like we did, on the road, in a tough environmentthis is incredible. I’m so proud of our guys for not giving up and fighting like we did.”
The victory takes the Comets record to 1-2. The Comets next game is at 7:35 p.m. on Nov. 26 at the Milwaukee Wave. The Comets next home game is on Dec. 19 against the expansion Chicago Riot at 3:10 p.m. at the Independence Events Center.
In other Comets news, the team announced the signing of Brazilian defender Jose Luiz Birche De Souza to a one-year contract. The 29 year-old Brazilian has been training with the Comets while his visa and loan paperwork were being finalized. De Souza is a strong, left-footed player with international club experience in both the indoor and outdoor game. He has played for prestigious clubs like S.C. Corinthians Paulista, Monterray LaRaza and Clube Atletico Paranaense. To make room for De Souza, a corresponding roster move will be announced at a later date. “Birche brings a wealth of experience to our team, and a much need physical presence on defense,” said Comets head coach Kim Roentved.