PASL Weekly - Week 13

Date: Jan 29, 2013
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PASL Weekly - Week 13


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Sockers Streak Dies a Sudden Death at 48; Sidekicks Nearly Let Game Slip Away

1/29/13  - After 48 straight wins over 25 months, the San Diego Sockers have finally tasted defeat once again.  The Dallas Sidekicks captured a 6-5 win on Shaun David's breakaway goal in overtime, ending the Sockers record winning streak and dinging their all-time regular season record to 54-6 in the PASL.
The Sockers almost played Houdini one more time, reminiscent of some of their escape acts against Tijuana, Anaheim, and Las Vegas.  Dallas, clinging to a 5-4 lead with 27 seconds left, tied the ball up in San Diego's end, but the Sockers were able to work the ball free and create a two on one break.  Brian Farber slipped the ball to Kraig Chiles who tied the game with just six seconds left.

In overtime Aaron Susi was robbed by Sagu on a point blank shot, which created a counterattack for Dallas.  David streaked down the field and unleashed the game-winning goal.  Sockers goalkeeper Riley Swift got a hand on it but could only watch helplessly as it slowly trickled into the net.

The Sockers might not even get a chance to end the Sidekicks modest one game winning streak.  The teams will meet again Friday in San Diego, but not before the Sidekicks face a stiff challenge on the road in Las Vegas Thursday,

Player of the Week
Jamie Lovegrove, Dallas Sidekicks
When the Dallas Sidekicks became the team to finally take down the Sockers it wasn't one of their many veterans who put up gaudy numbers, it was rookie Jamie Lovegrove.  The 22-year old native of Crawley, England scored four goals for the Sidekicks, who never trailed in the game.  Lovegrove took the Sidekicks scoring lead with 20 goals and 25 points and also extended his goal-scoring streak to 11 games.

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Sockers Streaks End at 35, 48
San Diego's record regular season winning streak stands at 35.  Including playoffs, US Open games, and the FIFRA Club Championships, the Sockers  won 48 in a row, surpassing the US Pro Team Sports record of 40 set by the indoor football Sioux Falls Storm in 2008. San Diego is still an all-time 30-0 at home during the regular season.  

US Open Finalists Set
The Detroit Waza beat the Chicago Mustangs 9-6 on Sunday to advance to the finals of the US Open Arena Soccer Championship against the Sockers.  This will be the second finals appearance for Detroit, who lost the first ever US Open final to the St. Louis Illusion in 2009.

Magic Numbers
The Detroit Waza's magic number to clinch the Eastern Division dropped to one.  Las Vegas and San Diego have clinched their respective divisions.  The Central Division is still too close to call with Dallas just a game ahead of Chicago.  The Cincinnati Kings and Dallas have, however, clinched playoff berths.

Real Exciting Finish
Toros Mexico and Real Phoenix hooked up for a wild finish on Saturday.   Mexico goalkeeper Maico Lopez received a red card with the score tied 5-5, but Mexico was able to take a 6-5 lead and extend it to 7-5 after Phoenix went into sixth attacker mode.  Real did not quit however and got a goal from Ryan Hays to cut it to 7-6.  Mike Cudmore headed home a rebound with just one second left to tie the game and send it to OT.  In OT, however, Roman Madrid, who came on to replace Lopez in the Toros net, blasted in the game-winning goal.  The win gives Mexico (7-6) a stranglehold on the second playoff spot in the Southwestern Division ahead of Phoenix (4-8) and the Arizona Storm (4-8).

The Week Ahead 
  Dallas at Las Vegas Thu, Jan 31 10:00 pm Orleans Arena
  Arizona at Turlock Fri, Feb 01 10:00 pm Turlock IS
  Harrisburg at Chicago Fri, Feb 01 8:00 pm Grand Sports
  Phoenix at Rio Grande Valley Fri, Feb 01 8:30 pm State Farm
  Dallas at San Diego Fri, Feb 01 10:35 pm VV Casino Arena
  San Diego at Anaheim Sat, Feb 02 10:00 pm Anaheim CCA
  Phoenix at Texas Sat, Feb 02 8:05 pm Ford Arena
  Arizona at Sacramento Sat, Feb 02 10:30 pm Off The Wall
  Ohio at Detroit Sat, Feb 02 7:30 pm Taylor Sports.
  Mexico at Tacoma Sat, Feb 02 10:35 pm Pacific SC
  Cincinnati at Illinois Sat, Feb 02 8:35 pm Sports Academy
  Harrisburg at Rockford Sat, Feb 02 9:05 pm Victory SC
All times EST 

PASL Headlines
*  Sidekicks sock San Diego from unbeaten ranks: Dallas deals Sockers historic first loss - PASL Allen American (January 28)
Indoor Soccer: Harrisburg Heat end home schedule with resounding win over Illinois Piasa - PASL Harrisburg Patriot-News (January 27)
Indoor soccer: Harrisburg Heat to entertain Illinois on Saturday night - PASL Harrisburg Patriot -News (January 26)
Indoor soccer: Harrisburg Heat fall 10-3, become San Diego's 48th consecutive victim - PASL Harrisburg Patriot-News (January 26)
Live webcast: Harrisburg Heat take on PASL champ San Diego Sockers - PASL Harrisburg Patriot-News (January 25)
Indoor soccer: Harrisburg Heat to host three-time PASL champion San Diego on Friday night - PASL Harrisburg Patriot-News (January 25)
Heat to face Sockers, top team in pro sports history - PASL WHPTV (January 25)
Professional Soccer Coming Back To Tulsa - PASL News on 6 (January 25)
Tulsa Revolution marks return of indoor soccer to city - PASL Tulsa World (January 25)
Indoor soccer: Tyler Witmer thriving with the Harrisburg Heat while learning the indoor game - PASL Harrisburg Patriot-News (January 24)
Powers continues Rapids ascension: Dillon selected by Colorado in first round of MLS SuperDraft - PASL Allen American (January 22)
RGV Flash down Dallas Sidekicks, 8-6 - PASL McAllen Monitor (January 21) 
About Professional Arena Soccer League and Premier Arena Soccer League 
The PASL is a professional league which began play on October 25, 2008.  The league, entering its fifth season, consists of US teams, the CMISL (Canada), and the LMFR (Mexico).  The Dallas Sidekicks, Harrisburg Heat, Las Vegas Legends, Rockford Rampage, Sacramento Surge, Real Phoenix, Chicago Mustangs, Texas Strikers, and Rio Grande Valley Flash have been added for the 2012/13 season.  The Tulsa Revolution have been added for the 2013/14 season.  The PASL-Premier is enjoying its 15th season as the nation's top amateur arena soccer league.  The PASL and PASL-Premier are members of Federacion Internacional de Futbol Rapido (FIFRA).

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