SD Sockers Defeat Ontario Fury in 11-Goal Thriller
The Sockers edged the Ontario Fury in an 11-goal thriller in San Diego on Friday night, recording their seventh win of the 2018/19 MASL campaign. The meeting between the Pacific Division clubs was the third of the season, with San Diego recording victories in all three.
MASL Soccer News: The San Diego Sockers defeated the Ontario Fury, 6-5, in another Pacific Division thriller at Ron Newman Field at Pechanga Arena. The Sockers have recorded three wins versus Ontario this season, all of which have been in close matchups.
Ontario scored the opening goal of the match 11:44 into the first quarter. Adrien Perez found the back of the net off a free kick for the visitors after drawing a foul just outside the penalty area.
The hosts controlled the opening quarter of the match but were held scoreless due to a stellar performance by Ontario goalkeeper Chris Toth.
At the end of the first quarter, San Diego recorded six shots on target while Ontario tallied three. The Sockers opened the second quarter with a power play and continued to put the pressure on the Fury. The shots on target tally climbed to 12 to 4.
Ontario extended its lead 4 minutes and 20 seconds into the second quarter. Perez once again added his name to the scoresheet with a left-footed strike.
With 2:36 left of the half, Ontario gained a 3-0 advantage from the penalty spot. After being taken down by the Sockers goalkeeper, Maicon De Abreu calmly stepped up to the penalty spot and finished with ease.
San Diego found its opener just over two minutes into the second half when a long ball up top was headed off the end-line boards and bounced inside the penalty area. Felipe Gonzalez pounced and hit an authoritative strike that Toth was unable to keep out of the net. Kraig Chiles scored the second goal for the Sockers a minute later when a deflected shot beat Toth.
The Fury regained a two-goal advantage after dispossessing the Sockers in their own half. Robert Tornel dribbled from the left sideline towards the penalty area and finished to the far post.
A quick two-goal response from the Sockers brought the match level halfway into the third quarter. Felipe Gonzalez finished the second rebound after two shots struck the boards, and Chiles finished a long-range effort that hit the boards and then bounced off the back of Toth into the net.
San Diego took a 5-4 lead with under three minutes left of the third quarter, with Luis Ortega on the scoring end. A minute later, Ontario forward Francisco Cordeiro brought the match level. The tally came off a set piece, with Juan Carlos Gonzalez serving the ball on the ground to Cordeiro for the finish.
San Diego took the lead with under four minutes left to play of the match. Chiles collected the ball inside the penalty box, took a touch and sent the ball into the bottom-right corner.
The Sockers host the El Paso Coyotes on Sunday, January 20th, at Ron Newman Field at Pechanga Arena. Kickoff is set for 5:05 p.m. PT.