San Diego 'D' shines; Amarillo surprises Wichita, Fury and Mustangs get wins
TAMPA, Fla. -- Pro indoor soccer is usually all about the offense. But the San Diego Sockers 2 are doing the best they can to flip the script.
The Sockers took two games this weekend to improve to 9-1 on the season, best in the West Division, and did so by posting a shutout on Saturday and allowing just one goal Sunday.
The Sockers recorded the first shutout of the 2021-22 season when they blanked the Turlock Express on Friday night to improve to 8-1 in the West Division.
The Sockers two goalkeepers – Gerardo Olvera and Xavier Snaer-Williams – each played a half as Turlock (2-5) was only able to manage 13 shots. San Diego had 32 shots on goal.
Alalberto Castellanos, Kevin Aviles and Ismael Rojo each scored twice. Castellanos also added an assist for a three-goal night.
On Sunday, San Diego stopped the Ontario Fury 2, 4-1. Again the two netminders shared goalkeeping duties, and Alan Crespo was the offensive star with two goals, one a shootout.
Amarillo continued to show well and make a late season playoff push as they outlasted the Wichita Wings, 13-10, in Amarillo. The Bombers broke out to an early 5-1 lead in the second quarter, but led just 9-8 going into the final 15 minutes. Wichita never was able to find the equalizer, however., as each team had 31 shots on goal.
David Trevizo had four goals to lead Amarillo, who improved to 5-5 in the Central Division, while Miguel Reyes had the hat trick. Vitor Patriani and Jamie Carrillo each scored twice. Taylor Henry topped Wichita's offense with a hat trick of his own as the Wings fell to 7-3, a half game ahead of the idle Omaha Kings who do not play again until a March 19 visit to Ontario.
The Wings did manage a weekend split by winning Saturday in New Mexico, 6-3, building a 4-0 lead after the first quarter. Colin Lawler led Wichita with two goals.
All was not lost for the Fury either over the weekend as they took a 12-8 decision over Turlock.
Mo Gueye had a huge night with four goals and three assists to lead Ontario (6-2). Quetzal Froese and Cole Costa added two goals each. Anthony Valencia and Jesse Arevalo had two goals each for Turlock (2-6).
Also, Chicago (3-7) handed the BC Swere (1-6) a 10-4 road loss.