Rochester Lancers (11) vs. Missouri Comets (13)
Sunday, February 19, 2012 - 4:10 pm
Independence Events Center
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Independence, MO – The Rochester Lancers (9-13) had their rally fall just short in a 13-11 loss to the Missouri Comets (14-8). The Lancers ended the game on a six point run and had a tying goal saved by Comets goalkeeper Danny Waltman with two seconds left in the game. The Lancers were led offensively by Doug Miller who had a five point game (two 2-point goals and an assist). Patrick Hannigan made twelve saves in goal for the Lancers.
Missouri opened up the scoring when Tiguinho found Neto in front and he back-heeled it home for the early Comets lead. The Lancers would take their first lead of the game when Mauricio Salles took a free kick from outside the 3-point arc and he put it home with his big left foot. Late in the quarter, Tiguinho would again find Neto for the goal. This time it was Neto unmarked on the back-post for the tap-in goal to make it 4-3 Missouri after one quarter of play.
The Lancers would once again retake the lead when a three man break had Jeremy Ortiz getting it to Doug Miller who set up Andrew Hoxie for the goal. The Comets would take the lead when Byron Alvarez set up John Sosa in the box for the easy header into the goal. Neto would get his third goal of the game when Brian Harris found him just outside the 3-point arc and he blasted it home to give the Comets their largest lead of the game to that point at 9-5 as the teams headed to the locker rooms for half-time.
The lone goal of the third-quarter came on a counter-attack as Lucas Rodriguez found Geison in front for the goal with six seconds left in the quarter to make it 11-5 Comets heading into the fourth-quarter.
Mid-way through the fourth quarter, Geison would get his second straight goal off a beautiful assist from Alvarez. The Lancers would get back on the scoreboard when Ortiz found Miller behind the Comets defense and he beat Comets goalkeeper Danny Waltman low. Less than a minute later, Carlos "Chile" Farias set up Gary Boughton for the goal to pull the Lancers to within four points with just over five minutes to play. With both teams playing a man short and Chile donning the sixth attacker jersey, John Ball found Miller on the back-post for his second goal of the game to make the final score 13-11 in favor of the Missouri Comets.
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