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November 4, 2012

Bolts win road thriller with Legends

The Anaheim Bolts Adriano de Lima scored against the Las Vegas Legends.
The Anaheim Bolts Adriano de Lima scored against the Las Vegas Legends.
Photo courtesy of Anaheim Bolts
LAS VEGAS---Striker Luis Gonzalez had four goals helping the Anaheim Bolts to an 11-8 win over the Las Vegas Legends at the Orleans Arena Sunday.

The Legends got three goals from Enrique Tovar

The Bolts finished nearly all of their first quarter chances for a 4-0 lead. Diego Barrera, Adriano de Lima, Gonzalez and Danny Barrera all found the net, with the periodís best goal coming from Gonzalez, who finished off a textbook counter-attack to put the visitors on top 3-0.

Ahead by four to start the second quarter, the Bolts found themselves on the wrong end of the gameís most controversial moment when goalkeeper Manubu Kaji appeared to deny Rodrigo Barbirato with a stunning point-blank reflex, only for the referee to rule that the ball had crossed the line.

The Bolts gave up three more goals before the end of the period. Former Anaheim star Tovar capitalized on a defensive miscue and Roberto Garcia Jr. scored on a powerplay before another ex-Bolt, Felipe Gonzalez and tied things up at 4-4.

The third quarter, which at times resembled a wrestling match, saw the Legends with an early chance to take the lead on a Tovar penalty kick that was blocked by the outstanding Kaji. With tempers flaring between the two benches in the run-up to Tovarís attempt, the intensity only increased after the strikerís miss.

Anaheimís Gonzalez was unimpressed by the heated atmosphere and tallied twice before the end of the period, his pair of goals including a beautiful left-footed drive into the upper ninety. Midfielder Zach Bautista also found the net for the Bolts in the period, and as did Tovar for Las Vegas. Anaheimís 3-1 run in the third quarter brought the overall score to 7-5.

The closing quarter seemed to be taken straight from the script of a Hollywood thriller. With victory appearing all but secured for the visitors following strikes by Jose Rodriguez and Danny Barrera, the Legendsí Tovar, Frank Tayou and Garcia Jr. scored spectacular goals to cut the opposition lead to 9-8. First Tovar finished off a fantastic combination play, followed by a beautiful side-volley from Tayou and a left-footed Garcia Jr. blast into the upper ninety with only seconds left on a Las Vegas powerplay.

The dramatic turn of events saw the hosts sacrifice goalkeeper Jesus Molina for a sixth field player in the closing stages, but only to concede twice on open-net strikes by De Lima and Miguel Sanchez that rounded out the score line at 11-8.

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