KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Former Kansas City forward Dale Mitchell's homecoming to Kemper Arena was spoiled last night when the Comets rallied in the second half and pulled out a 7-6 overtime Major Soccer League victory over the Baltimore Blast.
Mitchell did his part with a goal and an assist, as the Blast built a 3-0 halftime lead. Baltimore led by 4-0, then 5-2 early in the fourth period before the Comets (2-1) surged from behind with four goals, the last with 48 seconds remaining on a sixth-attacker score by Kim Roentved.
Kansas City won at 3 minutes, 1 second into overtime when Iain Fraser became the 12th player to score in the game. Comets goalkeeper Jim Gorsek pushed his record to 13-0 as a Kansas City player in Kemper Arena. The Blast (0-2) will play its home opener tonight against the St. Louis Storm.
If Mitchell was jittery about facing his former teammates at Kemper Arena, he didn't show it. Just 3:29 into the game, he had his first goal of the season.
Taking a pass from Billy Ronson, Mitchell swept down the right side and drilled the ball into a clear net. Gorsek came out too far and was vulnerable for the 30-foot shot. Mitchell had an assist 3 minutes later when David Vaudreuil scored. It was the first goal of Vaudreuil's MSL career. He played only six games last season before being sidelined with torn knee ligaments.
Baltimore's third shot and third goal of the period came 3 minutes before the horn on Mark Mettrick's first score of the season. Kansas City had 10 shots on goal in the first half but failed to score against Blast goalkeeper Scoop Stanisic, who had four saves.
Comets forwards Roentved and Jan Goossens were denied scores when their second-period shots hit the left post. Rusty Troy's goal in the first two minutes of the third quarter gave the Blast a 4-0 lead.
But the Comets broke Stanisic's grip in the crease on Goossens' third goal of the season and a 50-foot blast from just inside the red line by free-agent midfielder John Klein. That set the stage for a wild finish.
The Comets outshot the Blast, 47-19, getting 20 shots off in the fourth period. Three of the Comets' goals were from 45 feet or more.
"Those long shots have to be stopped," Blast coach Kenny Cooper said. "Scoop [Stanisic] is a better goalkeeper than what he showed. He's got to take charge back there. He got screened on a couple of them, but you don't expect them to go in that far."
Goossens seemed surprised that the Comets came back from a 4-0 deficit.
"When you get behind Baltimore like that, you can only hope and pray for the best," he said. "Normally, it doesn't happen, but it happened today. We were behind for most of the game and it looks like they let us back in."
Goossens said he couldn't blame Stanisic. "Those goals are coming at the goalie pretty fast," he said. "You can't blame the goalies. They get screened a lot."