Comets dribble past Sockers 7-6

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SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA (1.14.17) – The Kansas City Comets slid past the San Diego Sockers in front of 3,683 fans at the Valley View Casino Center (Sports Arena) on Saturday night by a score of 6-5. This was one of the most intense games of the year for the Sockers. Stats for the game included 3 blue cards, 2 yellow cards, 1 red card, 23 saves, 36 shots and 11 goals.

A little bit over eight minutes into the game the Comets received a bench warning. From then on you knew the match was going to be hectic. The game, however, started off a bit slow making it seem that the fans were in for a defensive struggle. The first goal of the game was scored 10 minutes and 15 seconds into the 1st period by Kansas City’s Brian Harris assisted by John Sosa. Shortly after the Comets goal, the game would begin to escalate as two blue cards were awarded within minutes of each other. Kansas City’s Lucas Rodriguez receiving the first blue card for tripping at 12:45 and San Diego’s Kraig Chiles for tripping at 13:36. At the end of the 1st period, the scoreboard read San Diego 0 and Kansas City 1.

Just as they had left off in the 1st period the Comets came into the second half on fire. The scoring would kick off in the 10th minute on a Kansas City goal by Alain Matingou assisted by Guerrero Pino. But the scoring for the Comets would not stop there. The Comets tacked on the 3rd goal of the night just 1 minute and 7 seconds later thanks to Leo Gibson (unassisted). The third and final goal of the 2nd period came just approximately three minutes after the 3rd KC goal. Alain Matingou would score his second goal of the night assisted by Ramone Palmer in the 14th minute. The San Diego Sockers out-scored 3-0 by Kansas City in the third period and found themselves down by 4 goals heading into halftime.

In the third period, the San Diego Sockers began to show some signs of life by getting on the board. The first Sockers goal of the night coming in the 2nd minute thanks to Anthony Media (5) assisted by Brandon Escoto (4). Three minutes later Comets midfielder Vahid Assadpour would find the net assisted by Bryan Perez to put Kansas City up 5 to 1. The San Diego Sockers would come storming back into this game thanks to San Diego’s All-time scoring leader Kraig Chiles (303 Career Goals). In the 11th minute, Chiles would get on the board for the first time with a laser beam past the diving KC goalkeeper Stephen Paterson for his 304th career goal. The scoring was not over for Chiles as he would add his second goal of the game less than one minute later. Raymundo Reza sent a laser into the pile of bodies in front of the Comets goal and Chiles (304) was able to come up with the back-heel flick to knock in his 305th career goal. The Sockers trailing by a score of 5-3. Former Kansas City Comet Max Touloute would join the scoring party less than three minutes later as he hit a bomb just past the red line. That would be Touloute’s 13th goal of the season.

The games only red card (14:27) came courtesy of Kansas City’s Robert Palmer. You will be able to see it in the highlight video at the end of the article. A scrum occurred right in front of the team benches. Sockers player Roberto Ze made contact with KC’s Leo Gibson by knocking him to the ground near the glass. Ze immediately threw his hands up as he knocked over the Comets player on accident. Ramone Palmer of KC came running into the scrum pushing a Sockers player and that started a pushing match. But it escalated when KC’s Robert Palmer came running into the scrum and appeared to punch Eduardo Velez of the Sockers in the face causing him to fall to the group. The officials went straight into the replay booth to see what had happened. The refs concluded that a red card against Palmer for violent conduct was warranted and ejected him from the match. At the end of the 3rd period, we had a game as the Sockers climbed from down 4 scores to down 1 score.

After having won the third period the San Diego Sockers continued there fast run scoring two more goals in the opening four minutes of the fourth period. The 5th Sockers goal coming on the leg of Felipe Gonzalez (4) assisted by Boris Pardo (1:47). The goal by Gonzalez was a laser beam from the red line past the diving reach of Stephen Paterson. The 6th goal (3:04) by the Sockers came off the leg of Touloute (14) assisted by Chiles. The shot by Touloute rocketed past the diving Paterson to put the Sockers in the lead 6-5. That, unfortunately, was the end of scoring for the San Diego Sockers as KC would score twice in the final three minutes of the game. The game-winning goal coming off the foot Alain Matingou with 21 seconds remaining in the game. The shot through the legs of the Boris Pardo.

Kansas City moved to 8-4 with the victory and the Sockers fall to 8-4 with the loss. The San Diego Sockers (8-4) host the Sonora Soles (9-1) next Saturday, January 21st at 7:05 PM.

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About DavidSDSU (1275 Articles)
I graduated from San Diego State University with a degree in Journalism with an emphasis in Media Studies. I am also the Founder and CEO of San Diego Sports Domination. I am an award winning blogger and have been covering San Diego State Athletics and San Diego Sports for the past 10 years. I have written many guest articles and have appeared in many podcasts. I am also the team photographer for the San Diego Silverbacks, San Diego Surf (WPSL) and San Diego Strike Force. At my day job, I am a Live Coverage and Studio Coordinator at STN Digital a Digital Marketing Agency that works in the Sports & Entertainment Industry. We work with the biggest sports & entertainment companies in the world.

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