Sockers Remain Undefeated With 8-3 Win Over Stars
The 14-time champion San Diego Sockers (10-0) defeated the Tacoma Stars 8-3 before the largest crowd of the season of 3,395 at Valley View Casino Center to remain undefeated.
Brandon Escoto notched his first hat trick of the year to pace the Sockers offense. He added an assist to tally four points on the evening. Brian Farber and Kraig Chiles each scored twice, while rookie forward Andy Lorei tallied his first career MASL goal in the second quarter. San Diego led 6-0 at the half before Tacoma struck for two goals to get as close as they would get all night. The teams traded goals in the fourth to finish the scoring.
Goalkeeper Chris Toth made six saves on nine shots to earn his fifth win of the season.
The schedule will get tougher as the Sockers will have three matches in fours days against quality opponents Ontario, Sonora and Ontario again.
The Sockers play on Thursday, January 18, 7:05 p.m., in Ontario to face the Fury. San Diego’s next home game will be on Sunday, January 21, 5:05 versus Ontario.
THREE STARS OF THE GAME: 1. Escoto, 3 Goals & 1 Ast 2. Farber, 2 Goals & 1 Ast 3. Chiles, 2 Goals
NEXT THREE MATCHES: Jan. 18 @ Ontario I Jan. 20 @ Sonora I Jan. 21 v. Ontario
STREAK: Won 10 FORM: WWWWWWWWWW
PACIFIC DIVISION STANDINGS: 1. San Diego 10-0 2. Ontario 5-6 3. Tacoma 5-7 4. Turlock 2-10
FULL STATISTICS: http://www.sdsockers.com/stats#/192/game/138528/boxscore