KC Comets defeat Dallas Sidekicks in MASL indoor football game

Kansas City Comets players Rian Marques and Lucas Sousa celebrate a goal during a recent professional indoor soccer game.

Kansas City Comets players Rian Marques and Lucas Sousa celebrate a goal during a recent professional indoor soccer game.

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The Kansas City Comets’ return to Cable Dahmer Arena last weekend was a success, with the local indoor soccer team beating the Dallas Sidekicks 9-4 at Independence.

The Comets (9-1) were coming off a 9-2 win over the Tacoma Stars at T-Mobile Center, but it was Dallas (5-7) that came out on top to start Saturday night’s game.

The Sidekicks took an early lead, but the Comets spun in a stellar second half to claim the win and put some extra distance between them and Central Division rivals MASL Lone Star State.

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The Comets outscored the Sidekicks 15-7 in Saturday’s first half, but it was 3-3 at halftime.

“We had a lot of chances at goal,” Comets assistant and goalkeeping coach Alan Mayer said at intermission, “so we’re going to keep doing what we’re doing. We’ve controlled a lot of the game so far.

Sure enough, the Comets came out shooting in the second half. They scored four consecutive goals in the third quarter and two more in the fourth to keep the visitors away.

“We started off pretty slow,” said KC’s Ray Lee, who had a goal and three assists in the second half. “During half time we came together and changed our mentality, came out more aggressive, made a few plays and ended up winning.”

Lee now has five goals and eight assists this season. And Comets player and manager Leo Gibson maintained his torrid goalscoring pace with two goals and an assist.

Pink game against Chihuahua

The Comets are not playing this weekend. Their next match is at Cable Dahmer Arena on Feb. 12 against Chihuahua Savage, who played the ambush in St. Louis the night before.

The game against the Savage (1-5-2) is the Comets’ annual Pink Game, a fundraiser to promote breast cancer research. The players’ special pink jerseys will be available through a silent auction, with proceeds benefiting the Ali Kemp Educational Foundation.

Kick-off is scheduled for 6 p.m. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com. Groups of 10 or more can call the Comets at 888-9-COMETS.

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