December 4, 2012 - Professional Arena Soccer League (PASL)
Turlock, Detroit Give Up Big Leads, Then Rally for Big Wins
12/4/12 - One of the great things about arena soccer is that a big lead is not always a safe lead. The Detroit Waza and Turlock Express were both reminded of this Saturday, but neither let it cost them.
In the night's earlier game Detroit built leads of 4-1 and 5-2 over the Chicago Mustangs before Miguel Vaca went on a tear. Vaca score four straight goals and Nestor Hernandez tacked one on to give Chicago a 7-5 lead. As the game became more heated, the Waza kept their cool and rallied to tie the game before Costea Decu won it, cutting across the middle to give Detroit the decisive 8-7 lead with just 54 seconds remaining.
In Turlock, the Anaheim Bolts erased a 7-2 deficit. Anaheim made a series of runs, but Turlock always answered back until the fourth quarter when Orlando Alcaraz gave the Bolts their only lead of the night, 12-11, with 2:30 left in regulation. Joe Barajas broke the hearts of Bolts Nation when he tied the game with just 18 seconds to go. In overtime Ivan Campos netted his fourth goal of the game for Turlock, securing the big 13-12 Pacific Division win.
Player of the Week
Ivan Campos, Turlock Express
The 25 year old rookie has had a strong impact on the Turlock scoresheet this season. Campos scored four goals, including the OT game-winner, and an assist in Turlock's 13-12 win over Anaheim on Saturday. He has points in all five games so far and has totaled ten goals and three assists.
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Sockers Streaks at 29, 42
San Diego's regular season winning streak stands at 29. San Diego is also an all-time 27-0 at home during the regular season. Including playoffs, US Open games, and the FIFRA Club Championships, the Sockers have won 42 in a row, surpassing the US Pro Team Sports record of 40 set by the indoor football Sioux Falls Storm in 2008.
Bolts Scoring Splurge
The Anaheim Bolts are in the thick of the Pacific Division playoff chase at 3-2, but despite two losses, the Bolts have scored at least 10 goals in all five games. Their two losses were 14-13 at Arizona and 13-12 at Turlock, which were also the two highest scoring games in the league this season.
Chiles Goes Wild
Kraig Chiles was at it again for the San Diego Sockers. Chiles scored six goals in San Diego's 15-5 win and now has an unbelievable 25 in five games. It was his third straight game with six or more tallies and he has 20 goals in those games.
The Week Ahead
Arizona at Rio Grande Valley Fri, Dec 07 8:30 pm State Farm
Rockford at Chicago Sat, Dec 08 5:30 pm Grand Sports
Arizona at Texas Sat, Dec 08 8:05 pm Ford Arena
Cincinnati at Harrisburg Sat, Dec 08 7:05 pm Farm Show
Detroit at Ohio Sat, Dec 08 7:35 pm Gameday SC
Sacramento at Tacoma Sat, Dec 08 10:35 pm Pacific SC
San Diego at Phoenix Sat, Dec 08 10:00 pm Barney Indoor
Sacramento at Tacoma Sun, Dec 09 2:00 pm Pacific SC
Mexico at Las Vegas Sun, Dec 09 5:00 pm Orleans Arena
Rockford at Illinois Sun, Dec 09 4:35 pm Sports Academy
Turlock at Anaheim Sun, Dec 09 7:00 pm Anaheim CCA
All times EST