Soccer News: PASL Semi Final: Sockers advance to Ron Newman Cup final with 9-6 win over Kansas
This indoor soccer match was packed with 4th quarter action. The score in the 3rd quarter was 7-2 in favor of the SD Sockers, and then -- all of sudden Kansas came alive and scored four goals to bring score to 7-6.
A nail bitter with the fans on their feeet, the SD Sockers pulled it off under great pressure and the Final Score, after a fight in the arena and two red cards, was 9-6.
The San Diego Sockers to play for third straight PASL league championship title tonight, after an exciting game against Kansas Magic on Friday night.
League MVP Kraig Chiles and Brian Farber each scored twice and the San Diego Sockers beat Kansas Magic 9-6 in the semi-finals of the Ron Newman Cup PASL Championships at the Del Mar Arena. Nate Hertherington also scored.
Goalkeeper Riley Swift was flamboyant as the San Diego's all-PASL keeper made 20 saves, several under heavy pressure late in the fourth quarter, as the Sockers nearly lost a magestic five goal lead in the third quarter before regaining control and scoring twice in the final 30 seconds to secure their 35th consecutive victory.
The game was marred by a late fourth quarter altercation between the two teams, as Magic goalkeeper Jason Jacob left his goal area, after colliding with Sockers defender Ze Roberto, leading to a fight between the teams. Sockers midfielder Majell Aterado who joined the altercation after it started was red carded and ejected from the game along with Kansas' goalkeeper Jacob.
Kansas turned a 7-2 game into a 7-6 disadvantage with four straight goals in the late third and fourth quarters and took multiple shots on goal to try and tie the game, but Swift turned them aside in front of a crowd of 2,151.
The Sockers (22-0, 17-0 PASL) advance to face the Detroit Waza (16-3 PASL) in Saturday's championship game, which will kick off at 7pm.
The San Diego Sockers 2011-2012 roster is filled with top soccer players who call San Diego their home.
Goalkeeper Riley Swift, Brian O'Connor, Aaron Susi, Anthony Medina, Nate Hetherington, Chiky Luna, Diego Rovira, David Beltran, Scotty Martin, Mike Mecurali, Dru Hoshimiya, Chris Toth, Eric Wunderle, Kraig Chiles, Matt McCausland, Mikel Palmerin, and Damien Quinn all call the San Diego area their hometown.
SD Sockers Go for Perfection: A perfect season. No losses and no ties. In the history of American professional sports this is a feat that has been achieved by very few teams.
In the modern NFL only the 1972 Miami Dolphins have completed an entire season, including championship games, without a loss, going 17-0 through the Super Bowl. In Major League Baseball, the MLS, the NHL and the NBA a perfect season has never happened, due mainly to the greater number of games played. Only in pre-NFL, minor league and alternative football leagues have there been much in the way of perfect seasons.
Photo Credit: Diane Scavuzzo