Chiles Leads Sockers To 5-0 Record In 4-3 Win
The San Diego Sockers (5-0) edged the Tacoma Stars 4-3 at the accesso ShoWare Center in Kent, WA. Captain Kraig Chiles added two goals and one assist to his league-leading total of 16 points to pace the Sockers. The win extended San Diego’s lead in the Pacific Division to three games over the Stars and Ontario.
Chiles continued his torrid start by scoring the first Sockers goal at 6:35 of the 1st period. Hiram Ruiz provided the assist that led Chiles to the goal on a low shot to the back post from the right side.
Two Tacoma goals book-ended Brian Farber’s first goal of the season at 11:47 of the second quarter, which came off an assist from Chiles. Both Stars goals would tie the contest in the period, the first was a set-piece goal by Philip Lund and the second was a Derek Johnson unassisted marker only 26 seconds after Farber’s tally.
In the third, Raymundo Reza scored his second goal of the year at the 3:44 mark. His unassisted tally gave the Sockers a 3-2 lead.
Chiles capped off his evening with his second goal of the game, his league-leading 12th goal, to extended San Diego’s advantage to 4-2. Tacoma made the game interesting in the final period after Chase Hanson tallied an unassisted goal off a rebound behind Sockers goalkeeper Pardo (3-0) with just under six minutes remaining., However, Pardo and the defense would keep the Stars from scoring to hold on for their closest win of the season.
The Sockers return to San Diego to play Sonora at Valley View Casino Center on Sunday, December 3, 5:05 p.m. It will be SoCal Soccer Night, and the first 2,500 fans will receive a free Sockers Team Poster, which they can have autographed after the game by the players. Parking is always free ($15 value), courtesy of the team. Gates open at 4:00 p.m.
The Sockers 2 developmental team opens its inaugural MASL 2 season on Sunday, 1:05 p.m. at Valley View Casino Center against Ontario Fury II. Admission is FREE! Fans must meet at the North Entrance between 12:20-12:50 pm to be escorted into the arena for seating in section 4. Please note, the concourse, concessions, and restrooms will be closed, and regular security measured will be enforced.
MATCH STATS SUMMARY: www.maslsoccer.com/stats#/192/game/138520/boxscore
NEXT THREE MATCHES: Dec. 3 vs. Sonora I Dec. 17 vs Turlock I Dec. 22 @ Ontario
STREAK: Won 5 FORM: WWWWW
PACIFIC DIVISION STANDINGS: 1. San Diego 5-0 2. Tacoma 2-3 3. Ontario 2-3 4. Turlock 0-4