The San Diego Sockers are league champions once more, for the 15th time in franchise historical past.
The Sockers defeated the Ontario Fury 2-1 Sunday night in Ontario to seize the Main Enviornment Soccer League (MASL) championship.
Cesar Cerda scored the title profitable purpose with 56 seconds remaining, then the Sockers held on for his or her championship lives.
After Cerda scored, the Fury put an additional attacker on offense and threatened the Sockers purpose with a number of photographs within the last seconds, however the Sockers protection and goalkeeper William Vanzela held off the cost.
The championship profitable purpose got here on a stupendous play that featured teamwork and particular person expertise. Vanzela performed an extended ball to Sockers captain Kraig Chiles. Chiles corralled the ball together with his chest, then flipped it over his head to a streaking Cerda, who one-timed it together with his proper foot into the nook of the purpose.
56 seconds later the Sockers have been hoisting the Ron Newman Cup awarded to the champions of the MASL. The cup is known as after longtime Sockers head coach Ron Newman.
As he celebrated on the sphere minutes after the sport clock struck zero, Sockers goalkeeper Boris Pardo advised NBC 7, “It’s an unbelievable feeling. It went all the way down to the final second, quantity 15 we convey it again residence, the Ron Newman Cup belongs in San Diego.”
Chiles mentioned, “We didn’t make it straightforward on ourselves, nevertheless it’s going to make it that a lot sweeter when it’s all mentioned and accomplished. This one means rather a lot to us.”
After beating Ontario on Friday within the first sport of the Ron Newman Cup Finals, the Sockers began Sunday needing one win to say the cup.
But it surely was not straightforward.
Ontario scored in sudden dying in sport 2, for a 6-5 extra time victory thus forcing a 15 minute mini-game to crown the champion. Within the mini-game, the Fury scored first earlier than San Diego rallied for the tying and profitable targets.