SeaWolves Comeback Falls Short Against Kansas City

by Austin David

Orlando, FL – After going down early on the second night of a back to back, the Orlando SeaWolves almost completed the comeback against the Kansas City Comets, but fell just short with a 9-7 scoreline. 

“Tactically, we didn’t execute,” Head Coach Tom Traxler said after the game. “We didn’t execute the things that we talked about going into this game with the players.”

The action started early and often. Just three minutes into the game, Kansas City got on the board after a turnover. Orlando responded with Gordy Gurson’s first of the night just eight minutes later. Kansas City added two later in the first quarter, but Drou Goff pulled one back with his first MASL tally. After the first 15 minutes, Orlando found themselves down 3-2. 

In the second quarter, the Comets would go on to add two more, with Orlando unable to find the back of the net due to the excellent play of Mark Saxby. Captain Joshio Sandoval was shown a red card in the quarter as well, forcing him to miss the rest of the game. At halftime, the SeaWolves trailed 5-2.

 As the second half began, Orlando and Kansas City began to trade blows. The Comets struck first to start the half, but then Luiz Mota pulled one right back just minutes later. Another back and forth with Kansas City and a brace from Gordy Gurson once again leveled it back to a three-goal deficit. The third quarter ended with a goal from the Comets to put them up 8-4.

 Orlando, needing to press high to get back into the game, had two goals scored by Mario Alvarez in succession to make it a two-goal game, but that would be the closest the SeaWolves would get. Leo Gibson would score with just minutes left to put the Comets back up three and despite Gurson netting his hat-trick, Orlando would fall 9-7.

 The SeaWolves have their next two games back on the road next Friday and Saturday against the Baltimore Blast and Harrisburg Heat. Kickoff for Friday’s game will be 7:30 and Saturday’s game will be at 7:05.