With swift matador finesse, the Soccers taunted and dispatched the Bulls amid loud approval. Final score: 14-4.
If the Sockers’ dominance continues to be a season-long trend, they could push the record beyond anyone’s approach and be placed in perpetuity.
Even the local media gave the team attention it deserves, and because of it, long lines of the curious formed at the ticket windows.
The remarkable soccer team has surpassed other notable win streaks in history in various sports: the Sioux Falls Storm’s previous record of 40 consecutive United Indoor Football victories between 2005-08, the Los Angeles Lakers’ 33 straight wins, the Washington Kastles’ 31 consecutive victories and the Salt Lake Trappers’ 29 wins in a row.
To witness the frenzied support for each goal scored brought back a bygone arena era when the Sockers shared space with the talented minor league San Diego Gulls hockey team — a time when 9,000 spectators would jam the place. That was big sports news in the 1970s.
Fittingly, Juli Veee, a Hall of Fame Sockers player of the past, was called upon to handle the ceremonial kickoff.
The young season has been a one-sided operation for the home team thus far. In four games, the Sockers have outscored the opposition, 58-14, encountering little resistance to their continued attack, whether it’s because they are just that superior or just that the league opponents lack sufficient manpower.
If it could be listed as one disappointment, the career-high eight goals scored against the Bulls by Kraig Chiles fell one short of tying the all-time record. Chiles netted a hat trick by halftime and he scored four goals in the fourth quarter, finishing with a league-leading 19 goals in four games.
Eduardo Velez added a hat trick with an assist as the Sockers jumped out to a 8-0 lead before conceding their first goal.
The outcome was a forgone conclusion by halftime with a 6-0 margin. With so much of an early lead, even the announcer had to goad the crowd to keep up the enthusiasm.
The Toros managed to put some points on the board in the second half, but goalkeepers Riley Swift and Chris Toth were too tough to get past.
The Sockers play next in Tacoma on Dec. 1 against the Stars.