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San Diego Sockers Enter Bye Week on Eight-Game Winning Streak

January 22, 2019 - Major Arena Soccer League (MASL) - San Diego Sockers News Release

STOUT DEFENSE

San Diego leads the league in defense by allowing only 39 goals, a 3.54 per-game average. The Sockers led the MASL last season (2017-18) in fewest goals allowed with 82.

COMING FROM BEHIND

San Diego has had to rally to win five of its last six matches overall and four of five at home. The Sockers scored first against Turlock on Sunday to end the streak. Ontario held the Sockers at bay the longest, leading 2-0 after 52 minutes on January 11.

NEWCOMERS MAKING AN IMPACT

Christian Gutierrez, Travis Pittman, Taylor Bond and Leonardo De Oliveira have added offensive firepower to the team with a combined 16 goals and 17 assists for 33 points in eleven matches.

POWER PLAY NEEDS TO IMPROVE

The Sockers are only converting 21% off their power play opportunities. San Diego leads the MASL in power play opportunities (6-for-29). Last year, the team worked at a 53% success rate. The penalty killing unit's rate is at 63% (6-for-16).

THE AGELESS WONDER

Captain Kraig Chiles, who is tied for the team lead in points (17-7=24), has a 10-game point streak. He has four multi-goal games this season.

ESCOTO ESCAPADES

Brandon Escoto (14-10=24) is on a 3-game point streak and has marked the scoresheet in ten of eleven matches this season.

CHILES

Kraig Chiles had a hat trick and Leonardo De Oliveira added five assists as the San Diego Sockers throttled the Turlock Express 12-4 at Ron Newman Field at Pechanga Arena San Diego on Sunday night. Brandon Escoto, Brian Farber, and Taylor Bond scored two goals apiece. Goalkeeper Boris Pardo made 10 saves to earn his MASL-best 10th win.


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