Dallas Sidekicks Fall Short To The San Diego Sockers 8-4

by Bob Heckel

The Dallas Sidekicks fall short the San Diego Sockers 8-4 in front of a packaged house at the Valley View Casino Center in San Diego. The Sidekicks will once again hit the road to face Atletico Baja tomorrow night. It will be the Sidekicks last game on their 3 day, 3 game, 2 country road trip.

The San Diego Sockers got off to an early 1-0 lead by Eric Tovar. Early on in the game both teams were playing very compact and organized. A Power play goal was scored by Kraig Chiles to extend the Sockers lead 2-0. The Sidekicks were on the defensive for most of the first quarter. Dallas trails after first quarter in 2015-16, were 1-5. Juan Gamboa came up with a huge save early in the second quarter to keep the sockers from extending their lead to 3-0. Chris Toth saved 5 shots from Jamie Lovegrove in the second quarter. Carlos Videla scored his fourth goal of the season in 2 nights to cut into the Sockers lead 1-2.  Sockers quickly answered back with a goal from Felipe Gonzalez assisted by Erick Tovar to extend the Sockers lead to 3-1. Head Coach Simon Bozas picked up a blue card after sticking up for his players in the first half. Kraig Chiles scored his second of the night left to extend their lead to 4-1 with just second’s left in the second quarter. During the 2015-16 season the Sidekicks finished the season 0-7 when trailing at halftime. Tonight was the first time this season that Dallas has trailed at the half.

The Sockers opened up the 3rd quarter with a goal from Matt Clare assisted by Luan Oliveira to extend the Sockers lead 5-1. Jamie Lovegrove got sent to the penalty box late in the third quarter for charging, that penalty was the Sidekicks 5th penalty of the night. Clint Ritter opened up the scoring in the 4th quarter to score his second goal of the season to cut into the Sockers lead 2-5. VcMor Eligwe scored right after Ritter to cut into the Sockers lead 3-5. Brandon Escoto scored a goal that killed all the momentum for the Sidekicks to extend the Sockers lead to 6-3. Anthony Medina found the back of the net to extend the Sockers lead to 7-3. Anthony Medina found the back of the net once again to extend the Sockers lead 8-3. Cameron Brown scored a late goal to cut into the Sockers lead 4-8. Cameron Brown scored his 50th goal in a Sidekicks uniform.

The Sidekicks kept fighting late into the game but fall short to the Sockers 8-4. The Sidekicks will look to get their revenge on the Sockers on November 12th in Dallas. The traditional rival, specifically from the 80’s and 90’s, will look to frustrate the Sockers highflying offense in San Diego, as they have in the past. The rivalry between the Dallas Sidekicks and the San Diego Sockers dates back to 1984. The two teams created several memorable moments in indoor soccer together, including a stifling but captivating 1-0 playoff game on May 20, 1989, and the end of the longest winning streak in professional sports when the Dallas ended San Diego’s 48-game run on Jan. 27, 2013.

Sunday will mark the end of the Dallas Sidekicks road trip out west, with a matchup against the Atletico Baja. This Sunday will mark the first ever matchup between Baja & the Dallas Sidekicks. Atletico Baja are coming off a 13-4 loss to the Ontario Fury. Baja Midfielder, Cristian Gutierrez leads the team in goals with 2. Baja started Mario Escobar in goal and Escobar faced 18 shots saving only 10 of them. Baja then switched goalies midway through the game to Miguel Marin, Marin faced 7 shots only saving 2 shots. Last season was Atletico Baja first season in the MASL finishing in 2nd place in the Southwest Division, losing in the division semifinals.

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