The San Diego Sockers are 1 of 3 undefeated teams remaining in The MASL. San Diego looked to continue its undefeated ways and the team standing in the way of 6-0 was the 1-3 Soles De Sonora, the team that ended the Sockers season the past 2 years. This game coming a week after the Sockers traded defender Victor Quiroz to Sonora to fulfill his request of playing closer to home.
The Sockers found themselves in a familiar situation in the 1st quarter as Sonora scored quick to put the Sockers down 0-1 with 13:01 left in the 1st, 3rd time the Sockers trailed 0-1 at home this year. San Diego wouldn’t trail for long as Eddie Velez scored off a Brandon Escoto assist to tie the game 1-1 with 12:05 left. Less than 3 minutes later, the Sockers had their first lead of the game as Hiram Ruiz scored in the bottom left corner of the goal off an Erick Tovar assist. Sockers led 2-1 with 9:11 left in the 1st. San Diego Scored again as Brian Farber did a back heel pass off a Luis Ortega pass and the ball bounced off a Sonora player and in. Socker led 3-1 with 7:09 left in the 1st. San Diego received a blue card on Contreras and was forced to play a man down. During the power play, Chris Toth made 2 great saves and Sosa saved a goal all within a 7 second span. Sockers killed the penalty and a minute later found the back of the net again. Matt Clare scored off a John Sosa assist with 1:19 left. Sockers ended the 1st quarter with a 4-1 lead.
The 2nd quarter started like the 1st with Sonora scoring first to narrow the San Diego lead to 4-2 with 13:11 left in the 2nd. Sonora got some good shots on goal but Toth made some amazing saves to keep the score at 4-2. Matt Clare got a yellow card with 4:43 left in the 32nd for arguing with the referees on what he thought should of been a foul. Clare would have to sit for 5 minutes but no power play since it was a yellow card and not a blue card. Sonora had a free kick with 6.8 seconds left and the Sockers blocked it to maintain a 4-2 lead at halftime.
The 3rd quarter had a different start to it as the Socker were the 1st to score this time as Kraig Chiles scored his 13th goal of the year on a Matt Clare assist to bring the Socker lead to 5-2 woth 10:09 left in the 3rd. The lead wpuld get knocked back down to 2 as Sonora scored with 6:58 left in the 3rd to make thebscpre 5-3, Sockers leading. Sockers put the lead right back at 3 as Branden Escoto found the back of the net on a flying kick off a Ze Roberto assist for a 6-3 Sockers. If you guessed the lead would drop back to 2 goals, then you should play the lottery. Sonora scored to make it 6-4 with 5:43 left in 3rd. Chiles just missed a shot at the buzzer as the 3rd quarter ended with the Sockers leading 6-4.
The final quarter started just like the 1st and 2nd quarter as Sonora scored with 13:06 left in the 4th to bring the Sock ers lead down to 6-5. Sockers immediately answered back, 17 seconds later to be exact, as Erick Tovar scored off a Felipe Gonzalez goal. San Diego led 7-5 12:49 left in the 4th. Sonora brought the 6th attacker on with just over 3 minutes left in the game in an attempt tie the game. The Sockers took advantage of the open net to increase their lead to 8-5 as Cesar Cerda scored off an assist from Luis Ortega with 2:49 left in the game. The Sockers win this one 8-5 to remain undefeated.
The Sockers improve to 6-0 with their 4th home win of the season. In a well rounded team win, The San Diego Sports Domination player of the game is Chris Toth who despite giving up 5 goals, made alot of amazing saves that are the difference in this game. The Sockers next game will be December 17th at home vs Turlock.
After the game the Sockers did an auto graph session. Here are some photos.
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