U.S. Open Cup Championship: Detroit's Late Goal Beats San Diego 7-6March 2, 2013 - Professional Arena Soccer League (PASL) San Diego Sockers
"That's indoor," said head coach Phil Salvagio, "If you make mistakes against quality teams they will beat you. The Waza made the plays they needed to down the stretch and we didn't, all credit to them."
Midfielder Miki Djerisilo was the man of the match with a hat trick and two assists, including the goals to put Detroit (17-2) ahead 3-2 at halftime and 4-3 midway through the third quarter. His hat trick goal on a tremendous individual effort gave the Waza a 6-4 lead with 6:46 remaining in the fourth quarter. The Sockers answered back on goals by Raymundo Reza and Eduardo Velez, equalizing with 3:00 to play. Costea Decu then drew a six fouls penalty on San Diego with 2:29 remaining, setting up the game winner.
Kraig Chiles had two goals and two assists to pace San Diego (17-2), with Brian Farber adding a goal. Riley Swift made several outstanding fourth quarter stops to keep the Sockers in the game but suffered the first postseason loss of his PASL career. Decu, player/coach Dominic Scicluna and Fernando Gatica also scored for Detroit. Waza keeper Joe Kapinos stopped 22 shots to secure a hard earned victory.
The Ron Newman Cup PASL championships continue next Sunday in San Diego as the Sockers host the Las Vegas Legends in the Western final, while the Waza will challenge the Rio Grande Valley Flash in the Eastern final. The two winning teams will meet in the championship final on Monday, March 11th.
Professional Arena Soccer League Stories from March 2, 2013
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