Chiles Scores Four In Sockers 9-3 Win Over Dallas
Forward Kraig Chiles scored four goals, and Christian Gutierrez and Brandon Escoto added two goals apiece in San Diego's 9-3 victory over the Dallas Sidekicks at the Allen Event Center on Wednesday night. Sockers goalkeeper Boris Pardo made a season-high 13 saves to earn the win. The Sockers improved to 3-1 and took sole possession of second place in the MASL's Pacific Division behind the 4-1 Tacoma Stars
After a scoreless first period, San Diego took a 2-1 advantage into halftime on markers from Escoto and Chiles. Escoto's goal at 5:28 was assisted by Gutierrez to open the scoring. Three minutes later, Chiles took a Hiram Ruiz (0-2=2) pass and deposited it in the back of the net past Sidekicks' keeper Juan Gamboa.
The Sockers gained control of the match in the third period with two consecutive goals in a span of 15 seconds by Chiles beginning with a shootout goal at 1:24 and then his third tally of the evening on the power play. Chiles (4-1=5) extended his season-opening goal-scoring streak to four games. Raymundo Reza in his first game of the year scored to extend San Diego's lead to 5-1 only three minutes into the quarter.
San Diego scored four straight goals to dominate the fourth quarter. Gutierrez doubled up on goals within a three-minute span, while Chiles and Escoto closed out the Sockers' scoring midway through the period. Defender Juan Gonzalez had his first point as a Socker with an assist on Gutierrez' second goal.
VcMor Eligwe notched two goals and Jamie Lovegrove added a late sixth-attacker goal for Dallas.
The Sockers travel to Monterrey, Mexico for a Western Conference Championship Game rematch on Friday, December 28, 6:35 p.m. San Diego will begin the new year with a road game at Turlock (January 4) before returning home for a rematch with the Ontario Fury on Saturday, January 5, 7: 05 p.m. at Ron Newman Field At Pechanga Arena San Diego on Health & Wellness Night. Supporters will receive a free Sockers holiday clear fanny pack while supplies last. Single game and group tickets are on sale now by calling 866-799-GOAL (4625) by visiting Sockers.com or AXS.com (Search: Sockers).