The Full 90

Comets squander early lead, crushed by Wave

From the Comets:

The Comets fell to the Milwaukee Wave by a score of 24-11 Saturday night at U.S. Cellular Arena.

The Wave dominated the first quarter, leading 6-0 at the end of the first period. After a Wave 3-point goal to start the second quarter, Brian Harris got the Comets on the board with a nice assist from Jose Louiz Birche. Jamar Beasley followed with a goal of his own for the Comets, but 11 seconds after Beasley’s goal, the Wave scored to end the half up 11-4.

The 3rd quarter belonged to the Wave again, scoring six unanswered points, including one goal on a power play after the Comets had too many men on the field. End of 3rd quarter score: 19-6 Wave.

Leo Gibson started the Comets best run of the night by starting off the 4th quarter scoring with a 3 point goal from beyond midfield while the Comets were shorthanded during a Wave power play. Tiguinho followed Gibson with a goal of his own to bring the Comets to within 19-11, but just as the Comets were showing signs of life, the Wave finished the Comets off after they pulled keeper, Danny Waltman, and went with a 6th attacker. Final score: 24-11.

"We've got to play better defense, period," said Comets head coach, Kim Roentved. "We have to do a better job of protecting Danny [Waltman]."

The loss leaves the Comets with a record of 1-3. The Comets next game is at 7:35 p.m. on Dec. 11th at the Baltimore Blast. The Comets next home game is on Dec. 19th against the expansion Chicago Riot at 3:10 p.m. at the Independence Events Center.

In other Comets' news, this week the team announced they signed former Kansas City Attack/Comets defender Jeff Davis, who was an integral part of the Attack's NPSL championship run in 1997. Davis, a tenacious defender, played his college soccer at St. Louis University and was twice named First Team All-Conference while the Billikens were members of Conference USA. Drafted by the St. Louis Ambush of the NPSL right out of SLU in 1993, Davis played for the team through the 1996 season. The following year, Davis moved across the state to play for the Kansas City Attack. From 1996-200, Davis scored 241 points in 153 games with the team, and in 2000, Davis was named to the All-NPSL Second Team. Davis played for the Attack/Comets from 1996-2004, then returned to St. Louis to play for the St. Louis Steamers for the 2004-2005 season.

"Signing Jeff really shores us up on the defensive side," said Roentved. "His experience and leadership will also be invaluable to the younger guys on the team."