Sockers blank Fort Worth Vaqueros behind onslaught
Halil Ibrahim Yilmaz scored two goals, and Stan de Vries had a goal and an assist to lead the Sockers to their highest goal output of the season after entering the match with a season-high of two. The Sockers out-shot the Vaqueros (0-8-1, 1 point) by an overwhelming 21-1 margin for the match. The playoff-bound Sockers (5-1-3, 18 points) picked up three points and will host the Lone Star Conference Division point leader Denton Diablos (7-1-1, 22 points) in their regular season finale at 7:30 p.m. on July 10. “Obviously we could have had a lot more goals, but I’m not going to worry about that,” Sockers head coach David Jacobs said. “Five is good. A zero for them is even better. That’s the result that we were looking for.” The start of the match was delayed for 30 minutes because the Vaqueros did not arrive until 7:35 p.m. That distraction didn’t seem to impact the Sockers, as Yilmaz lifted them to a 1-0 lead in only the fourth minute of the match. “We knew it was going to happen, so we talked about it early in the locker room about keeping our minds set and keeping focused on the game and not things that we can’t control,” Jacobs said. “Control what we can control right.” Prior to Friday’s match, Jacobs had said the Sockers had been plagued by an inability to capitalize off scoring chances. During a stretch in the first half, history seemed to be repeating itself as the Sockers missed shots in the 14 th , 15 th , 18 th and 19 th minutes. The Sockers had trouble scoring in their last match on June 26, as they were blanked 2-0 by Irving FC on the road. But the Sockers finally broke through again in the 27 th minute when Brandon Duarte scored off an assist from de Vries. The Sockers went into halftime with a 2-0 lead. “We kept going,” Yilmaz said. “We didn’t stop. Especially after the loss last week, we wanted to show the home crowd what we’re about and that’s what the Sockers are about.” De Vries scored in the 55 th minute off an assist from Cian Foley. In the 67 th minute, Yilmaz scored his second goal on a touch shot on a breakaway after receiving a pass from Morgan Miller. Alonso Rodriguez put an exclamation point on the win with a goal in the 90 th minute. “It was amazing tonight, scoring that many goals in front of the home crowd,” Yilmaz said. “I know the last game we struggled about that, but today was the night. We made it happen. We scored the goals. We made our chances. That’s what we practiced during the week and it paid off on the weekend. I’m very happy tonight. I’m very happy.” Sockers goalkeeper Lukas Betz caught a free kick in the ninth minute for a save, but never was seriously threatened for a goal, while notching a clean sheet. Vaqueros goalkeeper Chris Edwards recorded five saves.