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Comets end misery in Baltimore

The Comets got a giant monkey off their back on Friday.

In five meetings against the perennial MISL powerhouse Baltimore Blast, the Comets had not been able to walk away with a victory. It didn’t look like that would change tonight after the team found itself down 10-2 in the third quarter. Four straight goals, including the game-winning three-pointer from Geison, helped the Comets come away with a 12-10 victory.

Ryan Junge started the scoring, taking a pass on the left side of the box and putting it in the back corner before Baltimore keeper Sagu could even move off his line. Baltimore’s Max Ferdinand has been a thorn in Danny Waltman’s side since last season and he tied the game up only minutes later

The second quarter was a battle as both goalkeepers led their teams through a defensive quarter. Ferdinand got his second goal of the game at the 7:46 mark and the Blast led 4-2 at the halftime break.

Baltimore pushed the advantage to 10-2 in the third period before Geison converted his own set play only a minute later and ran his goal scoring streak to six games.

Although the Comets were down 10-4 going into the fourth quarter, they didn't lose hope.

“We have been a fourth quarter team all season long. We were getting shots, we just needed to get them in the net,” said Comets defender Ryan Junge.

Lucas Rodriguez did that by burying a goal six minutes into the quarter.

Still down 10-6 Comets head coach Kim Roentved pushed his team on.

“I told the boys that we had them on the ropes," Roentved said. "We needed to keep shooting they didn’t need to all be pretty, they just needed to be on net.”

Rookie Cristiano took his 1st shot of the night from way outside the arc just hoping to get a rebound to one of his teammates for a quick shot. Instead Sagu was shielded and the ball found the its way in for three points. Now it was 10-9 with 1:31 to go in the game.

Vahid Assadpour came on as the sixth attacker and Geison connected on the game-winning three-pointer.

“This team believes in each other,” Danny Waltman said. “We knew we had enough battle in us to get this victory. I don’t know when I’ve been more proud to be a Comet.”