East County Sports

Sockers win streak elongated to 30



From staff and wire reports

SAN DIEGO – The San Diego Sockers extended their league-record to 30 consecutive matches Fridy Feb. 3(, taking down the Mesquite Outlaws 7-. The victory, coming on STar Wars Night at  Pechanga Arena, allowed the Sockers to extned their lead to four points in the West Division of the Major Arena Soccer League.

This season, it was San Diego’s 10th straight win with the toughest segment of the schedule coming up — the Sockers will be on the road for the blance of Febrary,not returning home until March 5 on Alumni Night.

Many of the franchise’s heroes from the 16 previous 16  indoor/arena soccer championships will be on hand, partaking in a Alu,ni Game at halftime.

Tavoy Morgan and Charlie Gonzalez each contributed a goal with two assists as San Diego (29 points) scored twice on the power play and controlled a Mesquite attack that was missing top scorer Luiz Morales due to injury.

“Sometimes that can be tricky (facing a short-handed side) because you ease into the game thinking you have a big advantage,” said Sockers captain Kraig Chiles, who added a goal and an assist of his own, “We kind of stuck to our game, stayed patient and waited for our opportunity.”

San Diego enters a month-long six-match road trip  on a series of winning streaks.

The club has won 14 straight in all competitions (including playoffs), 16 in a row at home, 30 straight regular season matches (an MASL record), and now the club has gone 51 straight matches without a regulation loss (47-0-4).

Of course, the Sockers hold the all-professinal record win streak in all North American sports at 49 — bettering marks by the NBA Los Angeles Lakers (33) and the Washington (D.C.) Kasttles of Team Tennis (47), among many other notable streaks.

The Sockers out-shot the Outlaws, 28-16, and largely shut down Mesquite’s chances, as the Texas aspirants were not only without Morales but also top facilitator Pablo de Silva and key wing shooter Jorge DeLeon. Sebastian Mendez scored two goals for the visitors, both unassisted.

For additional game highlights, visit HERE.


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