The San Diego Sockers 2017 season came to an end in the conference finals against the Monterrey Flash. On Friday, the Sockers had a chance for revenge as they traveled to Monterrey for their toughest road match so far in the season. The game was the Sockers 2nd match in 2 days, following a 9-3 road victory in Dallas. It was time fir the Sockers to show how well they could play against a tough team, in a tough environment, with little rest.
San Diego took an early lead to start the game as Luis Ortega put the Sockers up 1-0 2 minutes into the 1st quarter. Both team had 5 shots on goal in the quarter, but the Sockers had 7 fouls to the Flash’s 3. Despite the fouls, the Sockers still led 1-0 after the 1st quarter.
The second quarter started like the 1st for the Sockers with a goal 2 minutes in, this one by Guerrero Pino, to give San Diego. 2-0 lead. The Flash answered quickly with Miguel Vaca scoring a goal a minute later to cut the San Diego lead to 2-1 with 11:52 left in the 2nd. Kraig Chiles found the back of the net to put the Sockers lead back to 2, 3-1 7:14 left in the 3rd. The goal gave Chiles 5 straight games with a goal. San Diego extended their lead to 4-1 as Travis Pittman scored on a Leonardo De Oliveira assist with 4:43 left in the 2nd. With the quarter coming to an end, last years goals leader Franck Tayou put one in the net with 9 seconds left before halftime. The Socker led 4-2 at halftime. Both teams were tied again in Shots on Goal 11-11.
The 3rd quarter was a shooting fest with both team having more shots on goal in the quarter than they did the whole 1st half (SD 15 MON 17). The Flash were the first to score in the 2nd half as Omar Santillan scored off a Carlos Farias assist to trim the San Diego lead to 4-3 3 minutes into the quarter. But the Sockers responded quick with an Eduardo Velez goal only 16 seconds after the Flash goal to put San Diego up 5-3. Monterrey brought the game back to within 1 as Carlos Farias scored off a Miguel Vaca assist with 3:14 left in the 3rd. The 3rd quarter ended with the Sockers holding a slim 5-4 lead. Monterrey led shots on goal 28-26 in the game.
Monterrey was quick to finally tie the game as Franck Tayou scored his 2nd goal of the match 90 seconds in the 4th quarter. Halfway through the 4th the Sockers regained the lead with Brandon Escoto scoring off a Cesar Cerda assist to give San Diego 6-5 lead. The San Diego lead only lasted 48 seconds before Miguel Vaca scored his second goal of the match for the flash to tie the game 6-6 with 5:49 left in the 4th. At the end of regulation, the score was tied 6-6 and the Sockers were heading to their 2nd overtime game of the year.
Overtime period started and all it takes to decide a winner is one golden goal. The Flash came close on a couple of tries but were unable to find the back of the net. The Sockers ended the game with a golden goal scored by Cesar Cerda 4 minutes into overtime. The Sockers won 7-6 and following the match, there were some scuffles and you could see a Flash player trying really hard to get at one of the Sockers players but was being held back.
With the win the San Diego Sockers improve to 4-1 on the season, 2-0 in overtime games, 3-0 on the road. Boris Pardo earned player of the game with his 13 saves in the game. The Sockers next game will be Friday Jan 4th at Turlock as they take on the Turlock Express.
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