The Kansas City Comets remain three games on top in the Major Soccer League's Eastern Division coming into tonight's game against the Blast at the Arena (7:05, WCAO-AM 600).
The Comets beat visiting Tacoma, 6-5, yesterday, as Jan Goossens scored three goals, including two during a crucial 2:55 span of the fourth quarter.
Goossens, 32, increased his career mark to 301, making him the sixth leading goal scorer in league history. Goossens started the Comets (16-10) on a three-goal barrage at 7:36 of the fourth quarter by scoring two consecutive goals. Ted Eck got the game-winner at 10:31 of the fourth quarter. Tom Kain and Kim Roentved also scored for Kansas City.
Tacoma (13-12) got goals from Walter Schmetzer (two), Ralph Black, Joey Waters and Shawn Medved.
* JUST CALL HIM SUPERMAN: San Diego goalkeeper Victor Nogueira continues to defy logic. The 31-year-old is playing every game for the Sockers and just keeps getting stronger and stronger.
Saturday, he did what many thought would be impossible this season: He recorded the league's first shutout. He did it against the Dallas Sidekicks and the league's second leading goal scorer, Tatu, in a 7-0 victory.
Which proves, if nothing else, that the new, increased size of the goal mouth means nothing.
If was the fifth regular-season shutout of Nogueira's career and his seventh overall. It was also career victory No. 124 and moves him into a tie with Alan Mayer for eighth place on the MSL's all-time win list.
The shutout also put an end to Tatu's point scoring streak, which had reached 26 games.
* WHEN YOU'RE HOT: Branko Segota, the San Diego Socker with the wanderlust who went AWOL to Yugoslavia and returned to a major fine last week, was back in action Saturday and recorded a hat trick in the 7-0 victory over Dallas . . . Sockers team captain Brian Quinn had a goal and four assists, which tied his career high assist mark at 30 . . . It was also San Diego's sixth consecutive victory and 10th in its last 11 games.
* AND WHEN YOU'RE NOT: Wichita goalkeeper Ron Fearon started Saturday's game against St. Louis and gave up seven goals in the first half. Third-year goalkeeper Chris Peat, who some think may be having the best season of any keeper in the league, started the second half and shut out the Storm, but by then it was too late. St. Louis won 7-6. Ouch.