For a short time in the second quarter, the San Diego Sockers (1-2) held the lead over the Ontario Fury (3-0).
That lead was short-lived. The Fury, after being unable to crack the Boris Pardo code, slowly chipped away at the Sockers defense throughout the match.
Led by a Franck Tayou hat trick, the Fury continued their torrent start to the season, dispatching the Sockers 5-1 on a neutral field in Florida.
Despite getting chance after chance, San Diego failed to find room to shoot against a physical Ontario defense. A foul-filled first quarter yielded offensive opportunities for both sides but no goals.
Finally, San Diego broke through. After picking up his fourth foul in the half, Tayou was sent packing to the penalty box with a blue card.
While Ontario killed the first two San Diego power plays, the Sockers struck gold on the third. Just before time expired on the man advantage, Slavisa Ubiparipovic, taking a pass from Marcio Leite, slipped a shot past Claysson De Lima for the first goal of the night.
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This was the last goal a Socker would score for the rest of the night. Justin Tinzon tied the game at one goal apiece later in the quarter.
In the third quarter, both sides hammered away at each other’s defenses, but it was the Fury who came out on top. Jorge Deleon’s goal off an Uzi Tayou wall pass put the Fury ahead for good.
While San Diego attempted a comeback, three straight goals from Franck Tayou iced any chances of San Diego securing their second win of the season.
With two losses under their belt, San Diego will face the Florida Tropics (7-2) tomorrow at 4 p.m. on short rest.