Two-goal lead squandered as Sockers settle for tie with Sol

MIDLAND — Midland/Odessa Sockers FC saw a two-goal advantage slip away and had to settle for a 2-2 tie on Saturday night at Grande Communications Stadium against the Albuquerque Sol.

After a scoreless first half, things started to pick up in the second 45 minutes of the match.

In the 53rd minute after the Sol cleared the ball down to the Sockers’ end of the field, Jamie Masson – who entered the game after halftime – streaked into the box and left the ball there for Bruno Henrique. Henrique was coming down the middle of the box and struck the ball into the left corner of the net for the first goal of the night.

Three minutes later, the Sockers (5-1-2, 17 pts) found the goal again. On a throw-in, the Sockers tried a cross into the box that was cleared by the Sol (1-4-2, 5 pts), but Masson was able to get the ball back and pass it to Nenad Markovic who made one man miss and then struck to make it 2-0 Sockers.

In the 59th minute, the game would see its third goal in a span of nine minutes. On a free kick, Albuquerque’s Elliot Prost sent a ball to Sockers FC goalkeeper Russ Klabough who was able to make the save diving to his right, but off of the rebound from the save, Thomas Ramos was there to tap it in and cut the lead to 2-1.

It was Ramos on the assist for the Sol in the 76th minute as his cross found Jack Clancy, who was able to finish it past Klabough for the equalizer.

The Sockers almost took the lead in the 79th minute as Markovic took a cross from Masson and had a header hit right off the crossbar.

Having played eight matches in less than a month, Midland/Odessa Sockers FC will have 12 days in between matches as they won’t play again until they travel to play the Mississippi Brilla for the first of two on Thursday, June 23.

Scoring Summary
Team Minute Goal Assist
Sockers FC 53' Bruno Henrique Jamie Masson
Sockers FC 56' Nenad Markovic Jamie Masson
Albuquerque 59' Thomas Ramos  
Albuquerque 76' Jack Clancy Thomas Ramos
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