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Rug Burns: Comets split weekend, take home Turnpike Trophy

While the Missouri Comets fell flat on Friday losing 11-7 to the Milwaukee Wave, they recovered nicely on Saturday to topple the Wichita Wings 13-10 -- and, in the process, seal the first annual Turnpike Trophy.

The Wave, league leaders since the first game of the season, took an early first quarter lead and rode a strong performance by Nick Vorberg, the MISL's goalkeeper of the month in December. The Comets fought back from a 11-2 deficit in the fourth quarter, but fell short. Byron Alvarez and Lucas Rodriguez paced the Comets with 3 points each.

The Comets didn't have a lot of time to ponder the tough loss. As a trip to Kansas was calling the next day.

Against Wichita, the Comets turned on the pressure early and got on top. But, despite sustained pressure in the first and second quarter, Missouri held a slim 7-6 lead at halftime. The Wings managed to eke ahead in the third quarter before the Comets' Tiguinho bent in a set-piece goal to re-take the lead in the fourth. Geison led the Comets with 2 goals and 4 points.

The split weekend means the Comets are 9-7 and hold a three-game lead on the Wings for the final playoff spot in the Central Division. The two will meet again this Saturday at the Sprint Center. Tickets are available by visiting Ticketmaster or calling (816) 478-BALL.

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