However, the second half of the season might provide a few answers as the team prepares for tougher engagements with the Las Vegas Legends on Jan. 18 and Feb. 5, and back-to-back with the Dallas Sidekicks Jan. 27 and Feb. 1. Each of these teams registered 6-2 records through December and, like the Sockers, scored lopsided victories.
An omen to these Sockers challenges came with a needed come-from-behind verdict over the Turlock Express recently, 11-7.
Up to now, the campaign has been a series of mismatches and easy double-digit triumphs, whether at home or away.
At any rate, they’re assured of a prominent spot in the March 10-11 playoffs with Turlock again as a formidable opponent.
Despite scant local media attention, the Sockers continue to play before a loyal core of over 4,600 fans at the Valley View Casino Center on Sports Arena Boulevard.
Of course, the Sockers are stretching the all-time professional sports win string, but are far from the sport’s all-timers. That would be the University of Cincinnati girls’ basketball team that won 90 in a row or John Wooden’s UCLA cagers, who claimed 88 straight.
They have topped the United Indoor Football Sioux Falls Storm’s 41 consecutive win mark (2005-08) and far exceeded the Los Angeles Lakers’ win streak of 33 straight.
Recently, the league’s leading scorer, Kraig Chiles, continued with his dominance with a hat trick and Aaron Susi tacked on two goals and two assists as the Sockers overcame a halftime deficit to beat Turlock. It was the first time the Sockers had trailed at the half since a 3-2 deficit in Tijuana on Dec. 9, 2011.
Despite allowing their highest goal total of the season, the Sockers extended a remarkable defensive streak, holding their opponent under double-digit goals for the 31st straight game.