Escoto Scores Twice As Sockers Roll Express 8-1
Brandon Escoto scored two goals and six other Sockers tallied to lead San Diego (5-1) to an 8-1 victory over the winless Turlock Express (0-7) at the Turlock Indoor Center. After allowing the first goal of the game at 1:58, San Diego scored eight unanswered goals to secure the win. Boris Pardo made six saves to improve his record to 5-1 and lower his GAA to 3.33.
Turlock's opening goal was the first time the Sockers had trailed in the first quarter all season long. San Diego has only trailed for a total of 7:09 out of a total of 404:53.
Escoto (2-1=3), who extended his point streak to six games, started the Sockers onslaught with his first marker at 4:23 of the first quarter. Chad Hagerty, Ze Roberto, Eddie Velez, Taylor Bond, Travis Pittman, Christian Gutierrez added goals to increase the lead to 7-1, before Escoto closed out the half for an 8-1 lead.
San Diego cruised in the second half by playing ball control offense and staunch defense.
Leading scorer Kraig Chiles (8-4=12) and several others did not make the trip to Turlock to prepare for tomorrow's game against the Ontario Fury at Ron Newman Field at Pechanga Arena San Diego.
Saturday's game will be Health & Wellness Night, supporters will receive a free Sockers Clear Fanny Pack while supplies last. The annual Sockers San Diego Blood Bank Blood Drive will take place in the parking lot from 1:00-6:30 p.m. Donors will receive a free ticket voucher and a Blood Bank holiday t-shirt. Single game and group tickets are on sale now by calling 866-799-GOAL (4625) by visiting Sockers.com or AXS.com (Search: Sockers).