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Sockers advance to MASL Semi-Finals


The 2017-2018 playoffs are finally among us. The San Diego Sockers are not having the best start after losing the first game of the series in Tacoma 5-2. In order for San Diego to keep their playoff hopes alive, they will need a victory in-game 2 and a victory in the mini-game that immediately follows game 2. Since 2015, Tacoma has yet to defeat the Sockers in San Diego. The Sockers felt disrespected by Tacoma in the first game of the season and it was time for San Diego to get its revenge.

With the crowd roaring and rally towels waving, the first quarter began and San Diego put the pressure on Tacoma quick on offense. The Sockers took the first lead of the match as Brandon Escoto scored off a Kraig Chiles assist 3 minutes into the game. 5 minutes later that lead doubled to 2-0 when Matt Clare scored off a Felipe Gonzalez assist with 6:21 left in the 1st. Brandon Escoto scored his 2nd goal of the match with 22 seconds left in the 1st period as San Diego lead 3-0 after a dominant 1st quarter.

The Tacoma Stars came out of halftime with a new-found energy and scored 41 seconds into the period to narrow San Diego’s lead to 5-3. The Sockers tried, and came close to scoring but Tacoma Goalie Danny Waltman made some amazing saves. Waltman played amazing the whole game. The match-up of Chris Toth and Danny Waltman is a great match-up to watch with some of the best saves you will ever see. Waltman held the Sockers scoreless the entire 3rd quarter. Tacoma scored as the period expired but the referees called it a no goal, and after a video review, the ay stood as called, no goal. Despite a scoreless period, the Sockers still led 5-3 after three.

The 4th quarter was a very important one with Tacoma riding the momentum of the 3rd period and San Diego needing a win to stay alive. Brian Farber kick started the Sockers in the 4th quarter as he scored off an Eddie Velez assist to give San Diego a 6-3 lead with 10:06 left in the 4th. San Diego scored 3 minutes later as the legend Kraig Chiles scored off a Matt Clare assist for a 7-3 lead and San Diego was starting to take control of the game. The Stars began using a 6th attacker and San Diego took advantage. Hiram Ruiz scored an empty net goal 30 seconds after Chiles’ goal. The Sockers lead 8-3 with 6:33 left in the 4th. Erick Tovar capped off the game with 6 seconds left for a 9-3 Sockers win.

San Diego took game 2 of the series with their 9-3 victory and in doing so forced a mini-game. A mini-game is a 15 minute game used to decide a 1-1 tie in a playoff series. Who ever has the most goals at the end of the 15 minutes wins amd moves on to the next round of the playoffs.

With a 9-3 victory in-game 2, and a 6-2 victory in the mini-game, the San Diego Sockers advance to the semi-finals to play the Monterey. The attendance for the night was 3241. With the Sockers advancing and San Diego State winning the Mountain West Championship. 

 

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I am a senior staff writer for San Diego Sports Domination. I cover the San Diego Chargers, San Diego Padres, San Diego Sockers, San Diego State (Football, Basketball, Womens Basketball, Hockey), San Diego Breakers, and the Olympic Games. I am one of the biggest San Diego Chargers Fans you will ever meet. I am a season ticket holder and before I was a season ticket holder I was walking the parking lot looking for tickets. In 2014, I starved myself so I could afford every Chargers game and in the process I lost 18 pounds. I own 49 Chargers jerseys, 21 of which are LaDainian Tomlinson. I own 23 LaDainian Tomlinson jerseys when you add his Jets and TCU jerseys to his 21 Chargers jerseys. I am also known as the "One Man Show" at SDSU womens basketball games and have an article written on me by the Daily Aztec.

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