January 23, 2003 - Major Indoor Soccer League 2 (MISL 2) - San Diego Sockers
The San Diego Sockers hit the road for the third of a six-game road swing, this time the destination is Milwaukee for a Friday kickoff against the Wave. The last time that the Sockers and Wave met was a showdown in San Diego on January 2, that resulted in a 10-8 win for the Sockers.
The Sockers roadtrip will continue with a 4:30 p.m. game (PST) on Saturday in Baltimore against the Blast. The team will also travel to Cleveland and Dallas before returning home on February 6 to face the Harrisburg Heat.
Last Time: San Diego 16, Kansas City 14 Jan. 18, 2003
The Sockers pulled together to beat the Kansas City Comets 16-14 in Kansas City.
Mariano Bollella exploded with four goals and an assist in the victory.
Chile Farias had a decent night with one goal and two assists.
DJ Horvath was in goal for the first time in 2003 with 17 saves against 24 shots faced.
Just In January
So far, January is shaping up to be the best month of the season. The Sockers hold a 3-1 record in the new year, including a win over Milwaukee, the first in franchise history.
Mariano Is Back
After battling injury at the beginning of the season, Mariano Bollella is back and in a big way. Bollella has registered 18 points in five games, including six goals and six assists. In last weekends 16-14 win over Kansas City, he scored four goals and one assist, receiving consideration for MISL Player of the Week.
The Sockers have struggled with injuries all season long. WISL Rookie of the Year David Beltran has not played this season due to a pelvic strain, while Shawn Beyer has been out more than in this season, the most recent injury a concussion. Shandley Phillips is out for the rest of the season with a broken foot. Six other players on the San Diego roster have missed at least one game this season due to injury.
Farias Catapults Up All-Time Scoring List
Chile Farias has been with the Sockers for two years and is already starting to make his way into the teams record books. With a total of 48 goals and 39 assists, Farias is tied for 23rd place at 87 points. He needs just 22 more points to move into the Top 20, above such legends as Cha Cha Namdar and Wes Wade.
Pernia Breaks 100-Block Plateau With Sockers, 200+ In Career
Gaston Pernia is not the guy that opponents like to face. His 53 blocks this year match his WISL-leading 53 blocks from last season. Pernia currently leads the league and has totaled 201 blocks in his career.
The rookies on the already young Sockers team have definitely made an impact this season.
Robbie Aristodemo is making his bid for Rookie of the Year with 30 points this season, eight in the past three games. Defensively, Aristodemo has played the sixth attacker in 10 games this season.
Kevin Sakuda, a fan favorite, has played in every game this season. The defender has blocked 13 shots and is a constant force in the defense for the Sockers.
Carlos Calderson, who originally signed a five-game 15 day contract, has been offered an extension for another 15-day deal. Calderson, a midfielder from San Diego, has played in four games this season.
Several Sockers Top MISL Leaderboard
Kansas Citys Dino Delevski jumped into first place in the Spalding Scoring race with 101 points after a high-point affair last weekend. Chile Farias moves to second with 78 points and holds an eight-point advantage over Milwaukees Joe Reiniger (70 points). Farias is also fourth in the MISL with 21 assists and leads the league with 161 total shots.
Fellow teammate, defender Gaston Pernia has blocked 53 opponent shots in 23 games this season, putting him in first place in the MISL. Harrisburgs Genoni Martinez ranks second with 50. Pernia led the Sockers and the World Indoor Soccer League in blocks last season with 53 in 23 games.
Goalkeeper Nick Vorberg holds third place on the MISLs leading goalkeeper board with an 9.39 points-against average. Milwaukees Victor Nogueira leads the list with a 7.85 points-against average.
East Meets West
The Sockers will be glad to return to California and the Western Conference. The team is 2-8 against Eastern Conference teams this season. The two wins in the Eastern Conference were both against Baltimore Blast.
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