Sockers Game Notes
HOME OPENER: SOCKERS vs. ANAHEIM
SOCKERS vs. Anaheim Bolts
DATE: Saturday, November 19th, 2011
PLACE: Del Mar Arena
TIME: 7:05pm (PST)
BROADCAST: ESPN Radio-1700 (radio)
SOCKERS HANG 12TH BANNER IN HOME OPENER
The San Diego Sockers will celebrate another proud moment in their championship history when they unveil their 12th indoor championship banner prior to the team's home opener against the Anaheim Bolts. The Sockers claimed the PASL championship in 2010-2011 with a 16-2 record, including a perfect 8-0 mark at home. The Sockers also went 3-0 in the US Open to win their second straight title. Sockers players and coaches will receive their championship rings prior to kickoff.
SOCKS TOP BOLTS IN OPENER, CHILES PoW
Picking up where they left off last season, the Sockers rode an MVP-caliber performance from Kraig Chiles to a victory in their season opener, a 10-6 win over the Anaheim Bolts last Saturday at the Anaheim Convention Center. Chiles scored a hat trick and contributed three assists in the fourth quarter as the Sockers scored the game's final five goals to pull out the win. Eric Wunderle and Brian Farber added two goals apiece.
Chiles was honored as the first PASL Player of the Week for the 2011-2012 season.
KRAUSE RETURNS, "BASH BROTHERS" REUNITED
The Sockers welcomed bruising defender John Krause back to practice this week and look forward to teaming him with all-PASL defender Dan Antoniuk to re-form the "Bash Brothers" back line. Krause (11 games, 6 goals, 9 points in '10-'11) had been on loan to the Puerto Rican National Team.
Midfielder Diego Rovira (stress fracture, foot) is out for the home opener, forward Aaron Susi (ankle) is probable.
OPPONENT'S PROFILE: Anaheim Bolts
vs. SOCKERS: 0-1
Last Meeting: SOCKERS 10, Bolts 6 (11/12/11)
The Anaheim Bolts put up a spirited fight against the Sockers in their inaugural PASL regular season game, taking the lead six different times before succumbing in the fourth quarter. Hugo Casillas led a balanced attack for the Bolts with two goals. This will be Anaheim's first-ever game away from their home field, and adjusting to the larger field surface of the Del Mar Arena could be a key to Saturday's game.
STAR: Enrique Tovar, forward
The burly target forward of the Bolts scored the first goal in team history with a nifty first quarter flick from midfield, and added an assist in Anaheim's 10-6 loss. Tovar has as much experience as any Bolt on the field and has one of the game's hardest and most accurate shots from distance.
WATCH OUT FOR: Hugo Casillas, midfielder
The Sockers didn't know what to expect from many of the young Bolts but quickly learned the team has both skill and tenacity. Hugo Casillas made an impression by finishing a pair of goals including Anaheim's only power play score of the night. Casillas is an eight-year veteran of futbol rapido in Mexico who last played in Guadalajara.
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