The Sacramento Surge took it to their rival Turlock Express 8-5 last night in the 2013-2014 season finale. The fans inside the Estadio Azteca Soccer Arena cheered their hometown team as they prepared to play their final game of the season. The time was ripe to close out with a win at home and the crowd was not going to leave disappointed. It has been a trying year for the young franchise and they have been making progress with their play on the field along with the usual growing pains.
Sacramento opened up the game with a 3-0 first period and in the process shutted out an opponent in the opening period for the first time this season. Chris Sandoval, Jaime Portillo and Edson Sanchez each scored a goal for the Surge. Brady Nunes scored in the second to give the team a 4-0 lead before Turlock notch its first goal of the game narrowing the lead to 4-1. Jaime Portillo scored again to give Sacramento a 5-1 lead at the half.
Jason Martin scored a goal in the fourth minute of the third period making it a 6-1 for Sacramento before the Express managed to get two goal in less than thirty seconds shortening the lead to 6-3. The Surge would strike back before the end of the third with another goal from Chris Sandoval and a score from Selvin Bonilla to take a 8-3 lead into the fourth period. Turlock and Sacramento battled through a myriad of tit-for-tat fouls and aggressive play in the last fifteen minutes of the game. The Express pulled their goalie giving them six strikers in a desperate attempt to score. Turlock managed to get two more goals but it wasn't enough and Sacramento wins the game 8-5.
Sacramento Surge end the season with a 3-13 record, an improvement over last year's 1-14. The team managed to play more aggressively over the season and has greatly improved on their shot-on-goals. Hopefully this will carry over into the 2014-2015 season and we'll see the Surge become a dominant force in the Pacific Division.