The Kansas City Attack rallied from a 5-0 first-half deficit Friday night and pinned an 18-11 defeat on the Buffalo Blizzard in National Professional Soccer League play.
The loss dropped Buffalo to 9-10. Kansas City is 10-8.
The Blizzard seemed in control until Tony Mermigas was called for a five-minute unsportsmanlike conduct penalty in the second quarter. Clovis Simas took the shootout attempt for the Attack. He attempted a double move on Blizzard goalkeeper Kaj Stefansen, who was called for a tripping penalty.
Carlos Pena had to replace Stefansen and he gave up a penalty shot goal by Jeff Davis, which made it 5-2. From that point the Attack took charge. Kansas City led, 6-5, at halftime and built the lead to 14-9 with 5:16 left in the game.
Daniel Barber led Buffalo's scoring with three two-point goals for six points. He passed the 250-point mark for his career. Carlos Zavala of the Blizzard hit the 200-point mark with four assists.
Andrew Crawford had a shootout goal for the Blizzard while Brad Smith and Mike Britton added two-point goals for Buffalo.
The Blizzard returns to action in St. Louis Sunday night at 8:30. The game was originally scheduled for the afternoon but switched because of the St. Louis Rams-Tampa Bay Buccaneers NFC championship game.