Kraig Chiles and Brian Farber combined on several goals over the weekend
Indoor Soccer News: Sockers Hammer Phoenix 10-3 behind Chiles' Four Goals
Kraig Chiles continued a torrid scoring weekend with four goals and two assists as the San Diego Sockers won their 21st straight match overall, defeating the Phoenix Monsoon 10-3 at the Phoenix Sports Centre. It was the first meeting of the season between the defending PASL champion Sockers and the expansion Monsoon, who currently sit at the bottom of the Western Division at 1-8.
Chiles, the former Poway High and SDSU star and defending PASL MVP, increased his league scoring lead with six more points, giving Kraig 23 goals and 12 assists (35 points) in seven games. His total puts him nine up on Enrique Tovar of the Anaheim Bolts and 11 ahead of Miki Djerisilo of Detroit WAZA. On the weekend Chiles had nine goals and three assists (12 points) in wins over Anaheim and Phoenix.
Brian Farber added two goals and an assist, giving him three of each for the weekend and moving him into a tie for eighth spot in league scoring. Chiky Luna had a goal and two helpers as the Sockers moved to 7-0 in the PASL regular season and also advanced to the third round of the U.S. Open Cup. San Diego travels to Tacoma for games next Saturday and Sunday.
San Diego opened the scoring early again when Chiles netted the first goal of the game just before the three minute mark on a feed from Faber. Two minutes later Eduardo Velez scored his third goal of the weekend, with the assist going to Chiles. Phoenix scored twice to even the match, before Farber and Chiles switched roles to give San Diego a 3-2 lead at the end of the first quarter.
The second quarter started slowly, with no scoring until the Monsoon’s Jerry Varpilch notched an unassisted goal just past the eight minute mark. It would be the last time Phoenix would tally. From then on the game was all San Diego, as Farber and Eric Wunderle also found the back of the net unassisted, while Chiles scored his second of the game on a power play just before the half for a 6-3 lead.
The Sockers showed little sign of having played an emotional match the night before, as they held Phoenix scoreless the remainder of the game. Luna and Chiles each found the back of the net in the third period, with Anthony Medina and Chiles finishing out the scoring in the fourth quarter.
The Monsoon and the Sockers will meet twice more on the season, on January 22 in Phoenix and February 11 in San Diego. The Sockers’ next home match will be January 21 when the expansion Turlock Express come to town.
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