Friday, January 12th, 2018
The San Diego Sockers were 9-0 and looking to be 10-0 as they played the Tacoma Stars on Military Appreciation night. The game featured two of the best goalies in the MASL in Chris Toth and Danny Waltman. Tacoma was also carrying two former Sockers players in Nick Perera and Evan McNeley. If the Sockers were going to remain undefeated, they would have to defeat two former teammates and a top notch goalie.
The first quarter had little action to start. Sockers got close to scoring with a shot hitting the top of the goal and being stopped by Danny Waltman. The Sockers finally scored the games first goal as Brian Farber made a sliding kick to knock the ball away from the goalie and into the net. Sockers led 1-0 with 2:21 left in the 1st. Just over a minute later, Kraig Chiles found the back of the net off of a Felipe Gonzalez assist to double the Sockers lead to 2-0. The 1st quarter ended with the Sockers up 2-0 and winning the shots on goal 7-0.
The second quarter started to mirror the firat as both teams were struggling to score. San Diego was able to open up the 2nd quarter scoring with an unassisted goal by Brandon Escoto to increase the Sockers lead to 3-0 with 8:23 left in the 2nd. The Sockers were on the attack before Tacoma tackled a Sockers player, leading to a blue card and a shootout. Kraig Chiles would miss the shoot out shot. The Sockers then exploded for 3 goals. Brandon Escoto scored his 2nd goal of the game off a Kraig Chiles assist to put San Diego up 4-0 with 5:16 left in the 2nd. Sockers That goal was followed by Andrew Lorei’s first career goal, assisted by Hiram Ruiz, for a 5-0 Sockers lead with 4:13 left in the 2nd. Brandon Escoto followed with his 3rd goal of the match for a 6-0 Sockers lead with 3:49 left. Tacoma came very close to scoring at the end of the half but missed 2 close shots. San Diego went into halftime up 6-0, with a 19-6 shots on goal advantage. Would Chris Toth get his 2nd career shut out?
The thoughts of a shut out were put to bed quickly as Tacoma finally found themselves on the score board. Alex Megson scored off of former San Diego Socker Evan McNeley assist to cut San Diego’s lead to 6-1. The Stars scored again making the score 6-2 with 9:09 left in the 3rd quarter. The Sockers got a blue card for tripping, leaving them a man short for 2 minutes. Tacoma failed to take advantage of the power play as San Diego killed the penalty. The Sockers were shut out in the 3rd quarter but led 6-2 after three.
San Diego immediaty regained control of the game as they started the 4th quarter with a goal by Brian Farber, his 2nd of the game, for a 7-2 lead with 13:49 left in the 4th. Tacoma scored to make the game 7-3 in the 4th but were unable to find the back of the net the rest of the game. The Sockers had a power play towards the end of the game and Kraig Chiles took advantage, scoring his 2nd goal of the match for an 8-3 lead with 53 seconds left. Sockers win the game 8-3 over Tacoma to stay unfeated.
The Sockers improved to 10-0 in front of a crowd of 3,395. The San Diego Sports Domination player of the game is Brandon Escoto who scored three goals and an assist in the win. The Sockers next game is January 18th at Ontario at 7pm. The Sockers are proving to everyone that they really are committed.
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