Detroit's Storied Run Ends Just Short Of TitleMarch 12, 2013 - Professional Arena Soccer League (PASL) - Waza Flo Press Release
With a long run and blast from Nik Djokic, Detroit was on the board just 28 seconds into the game and held San Diego scoreless for the entire first quarter. Â That changed in the second, when the Sockers found the net within two minutes, and again, with less than three minutes remaining in the period putting Detroit down 2-1. Â With just five seconds on the clock, Detroit's Scotty Wright served Costea Decu to even the score going into the halfÂ 2-2.
The third period was rife with penalties (and questionable calls and non-calls) that saw Detroit's captain Miki Djerisilo in the trainer's room requiring stitches to close a gash from a San Diego elbow to the face. Â San Diego took advantage of Detroit's 6th team foul and scored a power play goal half way into the quarter and again, less than a minute later giving them a 4-2 lead. Â Regrouped and back in action for Detroit, Miki Djerisilo collected a blocked shot off Fernando Gatica to close the gap to 4-3.
In the fourth, San Diego pulled ahead with a goal in the first minute putting them up 5-3. Â Then, the WAZA FLO's Aaron Byrd found the net off an assist from Worteh Sampson bringing Detroit within one point, 5-4. Â The Sockers' captain extended their lead again, with a shot just past Detroit's keeper bringing it to 6-4. Less then a minute later, Detroit's Scotty Wright fed Miki Djerisilo to bring them within a point, 6-5. Â Winding down to the last minutes, the WAZA's Costea DecuÂ fired an unassisted shot to tie the match 6-6. Then, in an attempt to clear a ball, Detroit inadvertently sent the ball over the head of their keeper putting the Sockers up 7-6. Â With two minutes left in the game, Detroit pulled their keeper and replaced him with a sixth attacker in a furious attempt to even the score. Â San Diego caught a loose ball sending it to an empty Detroit net insuring the win for the 14 time national champions.
"We battled tonight", said coach Dominic Scicluna, "It's a tough one, I'm extremely proud of my team and staff. Â We had a great season, a great run. Â We took a 14 time national championship team to the wire and unfortunately came up empty handed. Â San Diego is a great team, the team we hoped to be up against, and we look forward to meeting up again next year".
Detroit ends their 2012-2013 season with a Eastern Division Championship and a US Open cup Championship.
The Detroit WAZA FLO are charter members of the Professional Arena Soccer League, which is in its fifth season of play. Â For more information, visit th team's home page at www.detroitwaza.com or the PASL's website at www.paslsoccer.com.
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