by Ian Cook

The San Diego Sockers #questfor15 championships came to a heartbreaking end in Hermosillo, Mexico. The Sockers needed to win the second game of the Western Conference Championship in order to force a series deciding mini-game. However, Soles de Sonora kept their home winning streak alive and edged out a 11-10 victory to end the Sockers season.

Soles de Sonora had a dream start, jumping out to a 3-1 lead in the 1st quarter. Soles capitalized on Sockers defensive errors and lightning fast counter attacks to further extend their lead in the 2nd quarter. Soles scored 5 unanswered goals in the 1st half to take an 8-4 lead into halftime.

Incredibly, the Soles de Sonora had seven different goal scorers in the 1st half. The Sockers would need to leave everything on the field to make up the deficit after the break.

And the Sockers did.

The Sockers rallied after the break. Forwards Erick Tovar and Kraig Chiles each scored two goals to make it a close game at 9-7. An unfortunate bounce off the boards from a Soles Diego Reynoso shot trickled into the back of the net making it 10-7 for the home team.

The Sockers continued to search for the equalizer and almost got it from Sockers Ironman Anthony Medina and on-form Luan Oliveira. With the score at 11-10, the Sockers tried everything to get the tying goal. It wasn’t meant to be.

The Sockers’ heartbreaking 11-10 loss ends the #questfor15 championships.

Meanwhile, the Soles de Sonora will be facing a rematch of last season’s MASL Finals series. The Soles will face the Baltimore Blast in the Ron Newman Cup finals on April 7th (Baltimore) and April 9th (Hermosillo, Mexico).