Three Points Taken, One Major Point Proved
EL PASO, TX—Lather. Rinse. Repeat.
Utilizing a “Len-sational” offensive performance and stellar goalkeeping, Sockers FC (3-4-1, 10 points) posted their second shutout victory in 14 days in El Paso, as they obliterated the Patriots (1-7-1, 4 points) on Saturday night in an 8-0 rout.
Coming off of a 2-0 win in Socorro ISD Student Activities Complex on June 8, the Sockers established numerous franchise records in the historic thrashing. Forward Len Smith III led the charge with two goals and an assist to bring his season total to 11 points (5 goals, 1 assist).
The Sockers set team marks for goals in a match and margin of victory, and this is the first time in franchise history that the Club has earned consecutive shutout wins on the road and shutout the same opponent in back-to-back matches. Also, the team’s six second-half goals were a new club record.
The only other time the team had had consecutive shutout victories was in 2009 (versus the DFW Tornados and at the Houston Leones).
Sockers goalkeeper Nicholas Petolick improved his record to 3-1 on the season with his second
shutout of the campaign, as the streaking Sockers have now won three of their last four games (all three wins coming against the Patriots).
For El Paso, the game tied their 23-year-old franchise’s records for goals allowed and margin of defeat and was their worst home loss in more than two decades. On June 15, the Patriots also lost 8-0, on the road to the Austin Aztex.
The Patriots played the entire second half with only nine men on the pitch, as both Enrique Cervantes and Hugo Samano were ejected after having been issued red cards in the 38th minute.
Overall, 11 different players tallied points for the Sockers, led by Smith’s two goals and an assist. Kal Herbert added two assists, and veteran forward Joe Munoz netted a goal and an assist.
The Sockers became just the sixth team in the Premier Development League to register eight or more goals this season.
On June 27, Sockers FC returns to Grande Communications for their only home match in a month-long, seven-game stretch, as they face the Laredo Heat at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for Thirsty Thursday, June 27, may be purchased online, in-person at Citibank Ballpark, or over the phone by calling 432.520.2255.
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