Slow Third Quarter Undoes SeaWolves Playoff Chances

by Austin David

Orlando, FL, – Keeping the game close through the first half, Orlando was outscored 4-3 in the second half by the Kansas City Comets as they went on to win 7-6, eliminating Orlando from playoff contention.

“It kind of goes how our games have been going as of late,” Head Coach Tom Traxler said after the match. “We have some decent minutes, then have moments of disaster where we give up bad goals and then we climb our way back in and then just when it looks like we can settle things down and start to build, we give up more bad goals.”

Throughout the first half, Orlando and Kansas City traded blows. The Comets struck first, then Derek Huffman responded with a goal of his own to tie the game. Kansas City took the lead heading into the second quarter, but Joshio Sandoval blasted one goalward to tie the game again. Another Comets goal put them up 3-2, but Gordy Gurson scored before halftime and the teams went into the locker rooms tied 3-3.

The second half started poorly for Orlando, as they conceded three goals in the third quarter to fall down 6-3. At the start of the fourth quarter, Osvaldo Rojas scored just 30 seconds in to pull them back within two, but once again the Comets responded. 

Orlando tried to push back and cut the deficit to one, thanks to late goals from Gurson and Thiago Freitas, but it was not enough to complete the comeback as the SeaWolves dropped their fourth in a row, 7-6.

Orlando will travel to Milwaukee to play the Wave on Sunday the 31st, with kickoff set for 2:05 P.M.