Nothing beats a good ol’ fashioned I-70 battle!
This time it was between the Kansas City Comets and the St. Louis Ambush at the Family Arena in St. Charles, Missouri on Friday night. The Comets (4-4-2) took on the Ambush (3-4-1) looking to inch closer towards the Milwaukee Wave in the standings. As for the Ambush, following a heartbreaking 8-2 thrashing by Milwaukee last week at home, they looked to reach the .500 mark.
And thanks to a lot of late-game heroics, the Ambush did just that, by completing the ultimate comeback.
The first quarter saw solid defense by both teams, and it was a stalemate throughout until the 7:10 mark, when an unassisted goal by Lucas Almeida gave the Ambush a 1-0 lead. But less than three minutes later, the Comets tied it up thanks to Christian Anderaos (with an assist from Leo Gibson). And in the waning seconds of the first, the Comets soared to a one goal lead thanks to Ray Lee (with an assist from John Sosa).
Lee would strike again (unassisted) in the second quarter with 1:49 remaining to make it 3-1. A buzzer-beater by the Comets’ Anderaos would make it 4-1.
But the Ambush came out firing in the second half, with Christian Briggs scoring to cut the Comets’ lead to 4-2.
And the comeback was just getting started, as Robert Kristo shook off everyone in his way en route to an unassisted goal to make it a 4-3 game. Kansas City called a timeout in order to catch their breath as suddenly St. Louis was knocking on their doorstep.
Kansas City held their own, however, for the remainder of the game, and as it looked like they were about to end their two-game losing skid… Kristo happened.
With 00.9 seconds on the clock, and with an extra attacker for St. Louis, Kristo notched his second goal of the game to tie it up at 4-4, sending the hundreds in attendance on their feet for nearly two minutes. And off to overtime.
The Comets were on the attack early in overtime, but the Ambush stormed back like they had all evening. And with 7:43 left in overtime, Duduca Carvalho launched a shot off the whistle right past the goalie to complete the comeback and bring the Ambush at .500 on the season.
Tickets for all Ambush home games are available from the Family Arena box office and ticketmaster.com. For season or group tickets, call the Ambush office at 636-477-6363. Fans can stay current on all Ambush news by visiting the team’s official website, stlambush.com and on social media outlets and through Interstate 70 Sports Media.