Sockers Keeper Boris Pardo Comes Up Clutch In 6-3 Win At Tacoma
TACOMA. WA - On the heels of their worst performance in years, the Sockers found their backs against the wall on
Saturday night in Tacoma. Luckily, the wall had a name, and it was Boris Pardo.
San Diego’s all-MASL goalkeeper stopped six-of-six shots in the fourth quarter including a key breakaway, and contributed
an assist on offense, as the Sockers outlasted the Stars 6-3 at accesso ShoWare Center in Kent, Washington. San Diego
bounced back from a 10-4 loss on Wednesday night in Ontario, moving back into first place in the MASL Western
Brandon Escoto, Tavoy Morgan, Charlie Gonzalez, and Brian Farber all netted goals as San Diego (11-1, 32 points) built a 4-1
lead before hanging on for dear life in a second half that saw Tacoma press for a potential tie. Christian Gutierrez scored
twice into an empty net in the final two minutes to seal the result.
The Sockers out-shot the Stars 27-23 and controlled the first half, but a lack of touch in the final third allowed the scoreline
to stay tantalizingly close. Goals by Roman Ramirez and Jamael Cox in the third quarter drew Tacoma within one
before San Diego’s defense and goalkeeper held firm down the stretch.
San Diego was looking to regroup after a sluggish start to the road trip on Wednesday. On this night it would be the
Sockers striking first, as a long pass over-the-top found a streaking Felipe Gonzalez down the middle of the field crashing in
on goal. Tacoma’s Micheal Ramos was forced to take down Felipe, and the Sockers were awarded a penalty kick. Brandon
Escoto was given the honor, and used the pace of his left-footed volley to beat Waltman, who guessed right on his dive but
could not stop Escoto’s eighth goal of the season. The Sockers had a quick 1-0 lead at 2:13.
San Diego has been waiting for Tavoy Morgan to return to form, and the target provided a perfect example of his topshelf
play to double the lead. On a keeper distribution by Pardo, Morgan first held off his defender, then allowed the ball to
drop inside the attacking line, turning his man to come in on goal. Morgan settled and pivoted to his right foot for a wicked
volley good for his 13th goal of the year and a 2-0 lead at 10:12. The Sockers carried their two-goal advantage into the
Tacoma got on the board thanks to a one-on-one defensive battle gone awry. Defender Guerrero Pino attempted to battle
the Stars’ Tyler John for the ball along the right wall, but the ball caromed past Pino, and John was in clean on goal. He beat
Pardo to the near post for the score, narrowing the lead to 2-1 at 2:41 of the second quarter.
Brain Farber returned to the Sockers’ lineup after being held out on a coaches’ decision on Wednesday, and for the third
time in three starts, he found his way onto the scoreboard with a classic Farber hustle goal. Crashing in on a Tacoma
restart from deep in their zone, Farber anticipated the pass and jumped up on a steal with Waltman outside his net
anticipating a breakout pass. Farber smashed the ball into empty net for his fourth goal and a 3-1 lead at 7:31.
As the first half wound down, Sockers head coach Phil Salvagio used his coach’s challenge to good effect. Spotting a
handball from the bench, Salvagio threw his challenge flag with 3:36 remaining. Video review spotted a handball on
Tacoma’s Adam West, leading to a San Diego power play. On the man advantage, the Sockers shared the ball selflessly,
with Leo setting up Tavoy in the crease, only for Morgan to keep the ball rolling with a one-touch pass to the back post.
Charlie Gonzalez was waiting to roof his 11th goal of the season at 12:38. The Sockers led 4-1 at halftime.
The third quarter saw the Sockers with multiple chances to extend their lead, including a gift power play when Tacoma was
caught with too many men on the floor. However, San Diego could not generate a fifth goal, with Waltman picking up five
quick saves, and the match remained 4-1 into the closing minutes of the frame. Suddenly, momentum shifted on a Juan
Manuel Rojo blue card for contact above the shoulder. The Stars converted their power play almost immediately, with
Roman “Chiva” Ramirez weaving through traffic for a wicked, rising shot into the top netting at 11:34, narrowing the lead to