In a game full of lead changes (nine to be exact), the 2001-02 Major Indoor Soccer League Champion Philadelphia KiXX (20-6) were defeated by the San Diego Sockers (12-18) 16-12 in front of 2,696 fans at the San Diego Sports Arena. Paul Wright connected on the game-winning goal from Carlos Farias at 10:15 of the fourth quarter. Pappas (16-5) took the loss for Philadelphia, while Nick Vorberg improved to 7-12 with the victory.
San Diego’s Mariano Bollela started the scoring with a 2pg from Robbie Aristodemo under a minute (:45) gone in the first quarter, giving the Sockers a 2-0 advantage. Edgar Bartolomeu and Shawn Boney each connected on 3pg pushing the KiXX out in front 6-2. Socker forward Jimmy Wang brought the Sockers within one, 6-5, with a 2-point tally at 11:54. Philadelphia held the 6-5 lead after one full period of play.
In the second, San Diego stole the momentum and the lead on a Bollela’s second 2pg of the contest just under 30 seconds into the quarter. The 2-point strike gave the Sockers a 7-6 lead. San Diego controlled the majority of the quarter, but with 23 seconds remaining, Joe Scigliano snuck a 2pg past Vorberg to reclaim the lead, 8-6, for Philadelphia entering the half.
Mark Ughy in his first game with the Sockers made his presence known, connecting on a 2pg at 6:05 of the third, giving the lead once again to San Diego, 9-8. Philadelphia ended the third quarter trailing 9-8 to the Sockers.
KiXX captain Kevin Sloan returned the lead to Philadelphia, 10-9, with a 2-point strike past Vorberg at 4:05 of the fourth quarter. Boney added the assist for his fourth point of the game. Less than a minute later, 4:55, San Diego’s Farias connected on a 2pg, putting the Sockers up one, 11-10. KiXX player/coach Don D’Ambra put the KiXX back up one, 12-11, with a 2pg from Joel Shanker at 9:45 of the period. The lead did not stand long as Paul Wright connected on a pass from Farias a mere 30 seconds laters (10:15), giving San Diego a 13-12 advantage. With Pat Morris in net as sixth-attacker for the KiXX, Farias connected on an empty net 3pg at 14:10 to seal the 16-12 victory.
Notes: With the loss, the KiXX now post a 6-6 record when playing on the road.
Before returning home, the KiXX will square-off the Comets at Kemper Arena in Kansas City on Saturday, February 15. Philadelphia finally returns home Sunday, February 23 to entertain their cross-state rival Harrisburg Heat. The night is dubbed “Salute to Soccer” with a special presentation to area championship teams before the start of the contest. A silent auction with signed memorabilia will take place during the game. The Philadelphia Charge’s Lorrie Fair will kick out the ceremonial first ball.
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