Dallas Sidekicks lose in a Shootout to the San Diego Sockers

by Bob Heckel

Allen, TX (Nov. 13, 2016) – The Dallas Sidekicks (2-3) lose a heartbreaker to The San Diego Sockers in penalty kicks after a scoreless overtime. The Sidekicks were looking for some revenge against the Sockers as the fell to them last Saturday night 8-4.

The game remained scoreless for most of the first period until San Diego's Victor Quiroz hit a laser into the upper right corner to put the Sockers ahead 1-0. The Sidekicks would go on and tie the game in the 15th minute as VcMor Eligwe would even it up at 1 a piece. In the waning seconds of the first quarter Cameron Brown looked to have scored for the Sidekicks but the referee waved no goal and the game was knotted at 1-1 going into the second quarter. San Diego's Eric Tovar would find the back of the net in the 17th minute of play to put the Sockers ahead 2-1. That lead however would only last a short while as in the 18th minute Cameron Brown would even it up at 2-2. Once again the tie would only last a matter of moments as midfielder Brandon Escoto would retake the lead for the Sockers 3-2. The second quarter got heated as players were going to the ground quite a bit resulting in a number of fouls issued to players from both squads. San Diego maintained a 3-2 lead going into halftime over the Sidekicks.

The first few minutes of the third quarter would remain scoreless as both offenses had trouble moving the ball against the stubborn defenses. Cody Ellis would finally break through and tie the game at 3-3 in the 40th minute to open up the scoring in the third quarter. The Ellis goal would be the only scoring of the third quarter as the both teams were tied 3-3 going into the final quarter of play.

Cameron Brown would find the back of the net for the second time tonight in the 49th minute to put the Sidekicks up 4-3, however the Sidekicks would soon forfeit the lead off an own goal and the game would be tied once again 4-4. The game stayed tied for the remainder of the fourth quarter, as the game went into sudden death overtime.

Both defenses stood strong in overtime not presenting either side with many chances to score. The game would head into a shootout in order to determine a winner. Kraig Chiles would make the first penalty shot for the Sockers giving them a 1-0 lead. Cameron Brown would fail to get a shot off against San Diego keeper, Boris Pardo. Brandon Escoto would score putting the Sockers up 2-0 in the shootout. Jamie Lovegrove would fail to score for the Sidekicks and the San Diego Sockers would go on to win the shootout 2-0. Dallas’ last shootout occurred on August 20 2000, with a 4-3 win over Houston.

The Sidekicks next home game will be at the Allen Event Center on November 18th. The Dallas Sidekicks will be taking on the Tacoma Stars.

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