The San Diego Sockers came into Sunday with a 13-3 record and a playoff spot that they clinched following their win over Tacoma in their previous game. Their opponent was the Sonora Suns, a.k.a. Soles de Sonora. Sonora with an 11-6 record, has scored more goals (167) than anyone else in the MASL but have allowed the 4th most goals (141) in the league. With a playoff spot clinched, it was time for San Diego improve on their playoff seeding.
The first quarter started with some flares as the referee called the Sockers John Sosa for a questionable hand ball penalty. Sosa responded with some choice words and some banging of the glass before finally heading to the penalty box. Sonora was awarded a penalty and capitalized as Franck Tayou put the Suns up 1-0. The Sockers tied the game 1-1 with 9:34 left after Kraig Chiles scored his 26th goal of the season. The 1st quarter ended in a 1-1 tie but with plenty of flare left over.
The second quarter featured very little action, but still a lot of tempers. The Sockers were able to score the only goal of the quarter. Kraig Chikes scored his 2nd goal of the game off a Brandon Escoto assist to give San Diego a 2-1 lead with 1:25 left in the 2nd. Chris Toth made a great save as time expired as the Sockers led at Halftime 2-1.
Despite a whole halftime of rest, there was still a lot of tempers flying, but there were also more goals. Sonora started off the scoring by tying the game 2-2 with 11:09 left in the 3rd. The Sockers responded by taking the lead back as the new guy Jame Lovegrove scored 9:55 left to put San Diego up 3-2. Sonora tied the game again as Franck Tayou scored his second goal of the match for a 3-3 tie with 8:09 left. Sockers regained the lead again and Jamie Lovegrove scored his 3rd of the match and San Diego led 4-3 at the end of the 3rd.
The fourth quarter was a lot like the 2nd quarter with a lot of tempers and arguing and fights and missed goals. Sonora was keeping itself in the game but couldn’t find a way to tie the game. San Diego finally took control of the game when Luan Oliveira scored a power play goal off a John Sosa assist with 3:39 left in the 4th. Following the goal, there was a scuffle that resulted in two blue cards on Sockers and Sonora. The Sockers put the game away with 2 empty net goals by Raymundo Contreras and Brandon Escoto as San Diego won 7-3 over the dirtiest team in the MASL.
The Sockers improve to 14-3 in front of a crowd of 3,827. The San Diego Sports Domination player of the game goes to the new addition Jamie Lovegrove who scored 2 goals tonight in the Sockers win. The Sockers next game is Feb. 16th at Florida at 4:35pm.
PS: Photos from the game are still being edited. We will have them posted by the end of the week.
Thank you for visiting our site!
Make sure you are following @SanDiego_Sports on Twitter and San Diego Sports Domination on Facebook for updates and information about San Diego Sports. If you are looking for tickets these are our most popular sports teams.
To purchase San Diego State tickets Get Great Tickets at Ticket Monster!
To purchase San Diego Padres tickets Get Great Tickets at Ticket Monster!
To purchase San Diego Gulls tickets Get Great Tickets at Ticket Monster!