Sockers Top Bolts In Overtime
Brian Farber scored on a header with 9:34 seconds left in overtime to give the San Diego Sockers a 7-6 win in an epic battle between the I-5 rivals.
Each quarter got better and better as the Bolts and Sockers traded blows, but Farber provided the KO with his third goal of the game.
The styles of both teams were already well defined in the warm-ups. San Deigo players were smacking long balls from the midline into the target players off the corner boards. In the other half, Anaheim were working the ball with quick passes through the middle before unleashing shots at Jesus Molina.
With these teams meeting for the second time in a week, these styles were well known. The two teams cancelled each other out in a quiet and quick first quarter. Farber scored the only goal of the opening period at the 8:29 mark when he found space at the top of the arc and cooly slotted it past Jose Molina.
The Bolts struck back in a more open second quarter. Adriano de Lima gave the visitors a 2-1 lead after striking two carbon copy tap-ins at the back post on consecutive power plays.
The Bolts finished the second quarter two for three on the power play, but Aaron Susi equalized with just three and a half minutes left on a shoot-out. Marcus Watson was whistled for a hand ball in the box. Susi stepped up to go one on one with Molina. The Bolts shot-stopper saved the initial shot, but Susi slammed home the rebound.
The third quarter was all Bolts. First, Enrique Tovar struck off a set piece, striking first time after a feed from Paul Wright. It was P3's first ever point in a Bolts Jersey. De Lima then completed his hat-trick, flicking the ball beyond Sockers goalkeeper Riley Swift on a breakaway. Hugo Casillas then gave the Bolts a shock three goal lead when he finished off a gorgeous four pass move at the back post. All four passes were one touch, bamboozling the Sockers defense, making it easy for Casillas to prod home.
The Sockers pulled one back with under a minute left when free-kick specialist Chiky Luna curled the ball around the wall from the top of the arc.
With a two goal lead heading into the final quarter, the Bolts found themselves in a similar position to last week when they lead by one early in the fourth quarter.
"The last quarter, we needed to slow down the game and control the ball a bit more." De Lima said about giving up the lead at home. "This time we will look to put our chances away and keep the ball since we got the players to do it."
The Bolts however, couldn't have had a worse start to the final period. Less then 40 seconds into the last frame, San Diego were within one when Antonio Vernaschi misplayed a back pass that went beyond Molina and in for an own goal. The goal was later credited to Farber.
The Bolts were then whistled for a six fall, but were able to kill off the power play. The Sockers, however, kept coming. With just under nine minutes left, Eduardo Velez completed the three goal come-back. Given too much space at the top of the arc, Velez used a nifty step-over to beat his marker and ripped a shot into the upper-corner.
On the 5:30 mark, San Diego went down to three men. First John Krause was sent to the sin-bin for an elbow to the face of Patric Ruiz. Farber followed him a few seconds later for a tripping foul. Within moments, the Bolts were back in front when Casillas finished off another flowing move at the back post.
San Diego killed off the remainder of the power-play and went to the sixth-attacker with 2:51 seconds left in the game. With Aaron Susi wearing the yellow jersey, the Sockers worked the man advantage to perfection and Molina was called for handling the ball outside the box. Out came the blue card meaning the Bolts were down to 6 v. 4. Majell Arterado scored off the resulting free-kick, tying the game at 6 with 46.5 seconds left. The match went to overtime where Farber and San Diego emerged victorious.
"I feel heartbroken for the guys," Head Coach Bernie Lilavois said after the match. "Our guys can be real proud of their effort, but all credit to San Diego."
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