SOCKERS HAND FLORIDA SECOND OT LOSS IN TWO DAYS WITH A 4-3 FINAL
LAKELAND, Fla. -- For the second straight night at home, the Florida Tropics came up just
short in overtime.
After falling to the Tacoma Stars 7-6 on Thursday -- the Stars got the game winner just
nine seconds into the extra period -- San Diego's Leonardo De Olivera scored 2:57 into
overtime Friday night to lift the Sockers to a 4-3 Major Arena Soccer League win.
San Diego came out or the gates flying, with Gerardo Jurado converting a restart just 24
seconds into the contest. The Sockers went up 2-0 when De Olivera got his first or the
game at the 8:09 mark or the opening period.
But is was Florida on fire to start the second quarter, scoring three goals in a four
minute span to open the frame. Joshio Sandoval started the barrage with a goal at the
1:27 mark. Ricardo Carvalho drilled one home from 40 feet at the 3:47 mark, and
Anthony Arico put Florida on top 3-2 scoring just 61 seconds after the Carvalho goal.
There was only one goal in the entire second half, coming midway through the third as
Cesar Cerda found the mark for San Diego to tie the game.
San Diego (2-2) outshot the Tropics, 17-13. Florida fell to 7-3.