The Sacramento Surge lost on the road to the Atletico Baja by the score of 18 to 3 Saturday night in Tijuana, Mexico. Baja forward Aldo Medina recorded a hat trick plus one whilst midfielder Arman Nadjafi and forward Shino Covarrubias each earned a hat trick in the victory. The lone highlight for the Surge was midfielder Anibal Echeverria who notched a brace and an assist in the loss.
Saturday night in Tijuana, Mexico at the Unidad Deportiva was the scene for the second of back-to-back matches for the Sacramento Surge. They were looking for their first road win of the season after dropping a 10-4 Friday night against the Ontario Fury. This was the second meeting of the two Southwestern Division rivals. Their last meeting was a close 10-9 loss at home on November 21.
Atletico Baja opened up the First Quarter by scoring three goals (Cristian Gutierrez, Aldo Medina, Manuel Rivas) in less than eight minutes. Sacramento countered with a goal from Anibal Echeverria (assisted by Matt Germain) to cut the lead to 3-1. Baja would score again a minute and a half later with a goal from Uziel Gonzalez to bump up the score 4-1. Surge midfielder Luis Garcia (assisted by Anibal Echeverria) making it a 4-2 match. The home club would close out the quarter with a goal from Daniel Villela giving Baja a 5-2 advantage.
The Second Quarter was all Atletico as they scored five straight times (Jose Medina, Aldo Medina, Shino Covarrubias, Jose Cabrera and Mario Cebreros) to blow the match wide open 10-2 four minutes in. Surge’s Anibal Echeverria scored an unassisted goal several minutes later to shorten the gap to 10-3. Baja however kicked in a pair of scores (Jose Cabrera and Arman Nadjafi) to end the half at 12-3. The home club wasn’t finished with the deluge of goals as they scored six more times in the final two quarters, winning the match 18-3.
Sacramento Surge will head home to prepare for a back-to-back home and away series versus the Turlock Express on February 5 and 6. Tickets for Saturday night’s home match at the Estadio Azteca Soccer Arena can be purchased either at the door or via the club’s official website. Fans wanting to learn about the exciting sport of professional indoor soccer and the Major Arena Soccer League can do so by visiting their official website for all the latest news, scores and more.