The Wichita Wings lost their season-opener Friday night, falling 18-15 to the Missouri Comets in Independence, Mo.
The Wings led 13-0 before the Comets got on the board.
Andrew Hoxie started the scoring for Wichita with a three-point goal just more than two minutes into the game. Geison Moura made it 5-0 with a goal about five minutes later. Moura, the reigning MISL MVP who played for the Comets last season, had two goals in his Wings debut.
The Wings lead reached 13-0 when Hoxie scored his third goal of the night at 10:23 of the second quarter.
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The Comets got two goals in the final two minutes of the half to make it 13-4 at halftime, then pulled within 13-12 after three quarters on the strength of three goals in less than a minute. Missouri took the lead with a goal at 5:11 of the final quarter, then made it 16-13 four minutes later. The Wings pulled within 16-15 on a penalty kick by Moura, but couldn’t regain the lead.
The teams will play again Sunday afternoon in Wichita.
First quarter — Wichita, Hoxie, 2:22 (3-pt). Wichita, Moura (Perez), 7:49.
Second quarter — Wichita, Bryant (Hoxie), :51. Wichita, Hoxie (Ferrer), 6:23. Wichita, Tiguinho (Moojen), 9:55. Wichita, Hoxie (Carvalho), 10:23. Missouri, Alvarez (Assadpour), 13:11. Missouri, Gibson (Assadpour), 14:08. Penalty — Waltman, Missouri (handball outside box), 13:42.
Third quarter — Missouri, Sosa (John), 2:07. Missouri, Rodriguez (Alvarez), 12:13. Missouri, John (Sosa), 12:39. Missouri, Junge (Assadpour), 12:58. Penalties — Harris, Missouri (trripping), 2:36; Perez, Wichita (delay of game), 5:35.
Fourth quarter — Missouri, Sosa (Ivanovic), 5:11. Missouri, Alvarez (Assadpour), 9:13. Wichita, Moura (pk), 13:57. Missouri, Stokic (Assadpour), 14:58. Penalty — Stokic, Missouri (tripping), 13:56.
Shots — Wichita 4-12-5-5—26, Missouri 5-2-4-6—17.
Goalies — Wichita, Carvalho 16 shots, 8 saves; Missouri, Waltman 26-18.
A — 5,126.