First-Place Sockers Win Seventh Straight Game

The San Diego Sockers improved to a league-best 9-1 record on the  strength of a Brandon Escoto hat trick and two goals from Brian Farber  to defeat the Tacoma Stars 9-4 on the road. Goalkeeper Boris Pardo made  nine saves to earn his league-leading ninth win. San Diego has won seven  consecutive matches since a 5-4 loss to Tacoma at home on December 22.

For  the fifth consecutive match, the Sockers allowed the first goal when  Tacoma's Rafael Cox opened the scoring at 6:21 of the first period. San  Diego scored the next two goals by Kraig Chiles and Taylor Bond.  Chiles  (14-6=20), who leads the team in scoring, has a nine-game point streak.  Tacoma finished the half with a Nick Perera marker to draw even at  2-2. 

The Sockers tallied four of the next five goals to claim a  6-3 lead with 11 minutes remaining in the contest. Escoto, Farber  (2-1=3). Leonardo De Oliveira (1-0-1), and Felipe Gonzalez (1-0=1) found  the back of the net past Tacoma goalkeeper Danny Waltman. 

The  Stars played most of the fourth quarter with the sixth-attacker with  mixed results. Tacoma scored a goal to cut the lead to 6-4, but then  minutes later allowed Escoto to score his second goal of the game to  restore San Diego's control.

San Diego returns home to meet the  improving Turlock Express on Sunday, January 20, 5:05 p.m. at Ron Newman  Field at Pechanga Arena San Diego. The Sockers will be celebrating  Youth Sports Night with fans receiving a Free Sockers Retro Logo Hat  while supplies last.  To help those affected by the government shutdown,  the team is providing a free ticket to furloughed government workers  with proof of ID at the Arena Box Office on Sunday. Flex, group, and  single game tickets are on sale now by calling 866-799-GOAL (4625) by  visiting or (Search: Sockers).