The San Diego Sockers beat Florida in the first quarter of their Sunday final, but the Tropics continued to return to equalize – until the end of the third quarter.
After captain Craig Chills led his team 4-3, the Sokers forever held a small advantage, capturing OIL The Ron Newman Cup and the closing of their 16th championship.
With the victory at Pechanga Arena, v Socks took the best of three series in two games and secured his second league title in a row.
Chillis was named the MVP series.
Two goals were added by Brandon Escato and also scored by Tavoy Morgan. Boris Pardo won at the gate.
Sunday kicked off quickly when the Tropics, who had the second best record in the MASL, struggled to stay alive.
Escato opened the scoring with a score of 1:06 in the first quarter, and Morgan added a goal just over two minutes after Guerrero Pina’s pass.
Florida responded at 9:50 a.m. when Victor Pareiras made the score 2-1 thanks to a pass from Ricardo De Queiras to Diego. In the first minute of the 2nd quarter, the Tropics tied the game with a goal by Bren Olivier and a goal by Lucas Teixeira.
The game again went to the Sockers almost three minutes later when Chills got Escato’s ball, which scored.
San Diego took a 3-2 lead in the half, but in 2:53 of the third quarter, Tropic Ricardinho Sabreira turned J.P. Reyes’ assist into a goal that equalized the score.
Chiles responded to the winner of his game with a score of 6:19, putting it in the top corner after another Pina pass. The defenders then dominated until the end of the game on both sides, leading the Sockers to a 4-3 victory.
The good news has been coming through all weekend, as Pardo has been named Goalkeeper of the Year. He was the only Soker to win one of the leagues higher grades.
Pina was among the three finalists in the nomination “Defender of the Year”. The league named Morgan a finalist in the Most Valuable Player nomination and the Joseph Keirel Award for Most Passionate and Inspiring Player. Coach Phil Salvage applied for the title of coach of the year.