The San Diego Sockers with a perfect 9-0 home record, 16-3 overall, in 2018 faced the 3-18 Rio Grande Barracudas on Sunday looking to improve to 10-0 at home and 17-3 overall. The game looks like it should be a blow out, but would it be a blowout? Well that’s what your here to find out, unless you watched the game then you are just here to relive a good memory.
Rio Grande scored first for a 1-0 lead with 12:17 left in the 1st. Sockers responded immediately as Anthony Medina scored off a Ze Roverto assist to tie the game 1-1 with 11:58 left in the 1st quarter. The Sockers scored 34 seconds later when Kraig Chiles found Matt Clare for an easy goal and a 2-1 lead. Matt Clare picked up his 2nd goal of the game followed by Medina’s 2nd of the game and the route was as the Sockers led 4-1. The Sockers capped off their amazing first quarter with a Brian Farber goal off Kraig Chiles’ 2nd assist of the night. San Diego led 5-1 after the 1st quarter.
San Diego started the 2nd quarter with a man advantage 16 seconds in to the quarter after a contact above the shoulder penalty on Rio Grande. Matt Clare capitalized with is 3rd goal of the game for a 6-1 lead with 13:35 left in the 2nd. Brandon Escoto joined the list of Sockers to score on goal in this game to make it 7-1. San Diego got its own Hit above the shoulder penalty and Rio Grande capitalized quickly for only their 2nd goal of the game, 7-2 10:54 left in the 2nd. Brian Farber scored his 2nd goal of the game to increase San Diego’s lead to 8-2, joining Clare and Medina in the group of Sockers with multiple goals in the game. Max Touloute made it 9-2 with 9:01 left in the 2nd. That would surprisingly be the last goal of the quarter as the Sockers led 9-2 at halftime.
The 3rd quarter was not as entertaining as the first 2, but it was still owned by San Diego. The first half of the quarter was scoreless and also really chippy between players. The scoreless streak ended when Kraig Chiles picked up his 5th assist of the game as he found Hiram Ruiz who delivered a strike to the back of the net. Sockers led 10-2 with 7:27 left in the 3rd. After 4 assists, Chiles finally got a goal with help from Brian Farber for a 11-2 Sockers lead at the end of the 3rd.
The 4th started like the 1st with Rio Grande scoring first but just like the 1st, the Sockers would win the quarter. Anthony Medina scored his 3rd goal of the game, joining Matt Clare as the only 2 players with a hat trick in the game. Kraig Chile added the cherry on top with his 2nd goal of the match and the Sockers win the game 13-3.
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