Game recap: Tropics fall just short as win-streak ends against Kansas City, 7-6

by Brian Ackley

LAKELAND, Fl. – The Florida Tropics SC saw its three-game winning streak go by the boards Friday night as the visiting Kansas City Comets rallied from a 5-4 halftime deficit to record their fourth straight one-goal win, this time by a final of 7-6.

Kansas City's Ramone Palmer had a five point night with a goal and four assists in the absence of the team's leading scorer Leo Gibson, who was serving a one game suspension. His goal was the game winner. Bryan Perez had two goals and an assist as the Comets improved to 11-4, taking a half-game lead over Cedar Rapids for first place in the central division.

For the Comets, it was their sixth win in a row, and eighth in their last nine games. Their only loss during the stretch came at the hands of the Tropics, 8-7, in Kansas City on Dec. 30.

Victor Parreriras (two goals and one assist) and Freddie Moojen (three assists) led the Florida attack. Neither team held more than a two-goal advantage in the back-and-forth affair, It was 3-3 after the first quarter and 6-5 Kansas City heading into the final 15 minutes. Florida falls to 6-8, but remains just one-half game back of Harrisburg who fell at home Friday night to Syracuse, 8-7.

Other Kansas City goals came from Alain Matingou, Vahid Assadpour, Odaine Sinclair and Lucas Rodriguez, while the Tropics got scores from Marco Rodriguez, Jowayne Laidley, Anthony Arico and Victor Rojas.

Kansas City took 38 shots at Florida goaltender Marcel Feenstra, who was making his Tropics debut after a nine-year arena soccer league career in Milwaukee. Feenstra, who was MVP of the league's championship series in 2011 in helping the Wave to back-to-back titles, was credited with 22 saves. Kansas City netminder Stephen Paterson was credited with eight saves on 14 shots on goal. The Kansas City defense was credited with 16 blocks.

The push to the playoffs begins in earnest next Saturday when the Harrisburg Heat visit the Lakeland Center for a 7:05 start Saturday, Feb. 4, the fifth game of a seven-game homestand, which will conclude with a Feb. 11 and 12 weekend doubleheader against Syracuse. Tickets are available at www.fltropics.com, or by calling 863-333-5353. All Tropics games home and away are webcast live at www.masl.tv.