The Sacramento Surge (2-7) lost a close game at home to the visiting Ontario Fury (6-4) by the score of 8-7 Sunday afternoon at the Jackson Sports Academy. The game was a competitive one for both clubs as it was decided in the final period. The Surge were looking to win their third in a row whilst the Fury was trying to rebound from an overtime loss Saturday night against the Turlock Express. Sacramento brought back goalie Emmanuel Lopez to work in front of the net for Sunday’s game, he was 3-8 during the 2013-2014 PASL season in the 12 games he played for the club.
The started off with Surge midfielder Matt Germain opening up the game with a quick score giving his team a 1-0 in the first period. Ontario would score twice in the same period with goals from Bernie Lilavois and Tiguinho Dias giving them a 2-1 lead. Surge forward Gabriel Padilla would tie the game at 2-2 with a goal in the second period but the Fury would strike back with a score from Christian Saray and Dias’ second and they would hold on to lead ending the half at 4-2. Sacramento would starting the third period by scoring three straight goals (a score from forward Alex Aguilar and two from Bryce Campbell) before the Fury would take advantage of a series of fouls from the Surge.
Ontario would score off of a penalty shot and power play goals from Bernie Lilavois and Israel Sesay. Campbell would record a hat trick near the end of the third period but the Fury clung on to a one goal lead at 7-6. The fourth period was a defensive battle as both clubs tried in vain to either pad their lead or tie it up. Surge’s Gabriel Padilla would score an equalizer tying the game at 7-7 with a quick strike that sizzled past the goalie and defender. But the persistent attack from the Fury would eventually wear down the Surge’s defense as they would break the tie near the end of the final period winning the game 8-7.
With the victory the Ontario Fury move within a half a game for the lead in the Pacific Division whilst the Sacramento Surge drops to four games behind the San Diego Sockers. The Surge played a great competitive game and made a few mistakes. Their ball handling and control has improved along with their defensive play. One area that needs to be improved upon is their trouble in receiving too many fouls late in the game, especially when they’re playing against aggressive clubs.
The Surge’s next game will be on the road this Saturday, January 3rd against the San Diego Sockers. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:05 P.M. and the game can be viewed online via live streaming through Go Live Sports Cast. Their next home game will be on January 10th against the Seattle Impact and tickets are just $12 for adults and $6 for children and they can be purchased either at the door or through the team’s official website.