February 18, 2013
Anaheim Bolts fall to Las Vegas 20-5
ANAHEIM, Calif. Ė Adriano de Lima bagged a hat-trick but that was not enough on Sunday night as the Anaheim Bolts fell to the Las Vegas Legends 20-5 at the Anaheim Convention Center.
Former Bolts forward Tovar powered the convincing Las Vegas victory with a total of 3 goals and 5 assists. His teammate Franck Tayou had four tallies in the match, and Legends midfielder Ricardo Sobreira also had a strong showing with 2 goals and 3 assists.
Already well out of playoff contention, the Bolts field an experimental lineup and were outmatched by the well-oiled Las Vegas scoring machine from the gameís opening quarter, as the visitors quickly jumped out to a 4-0 lead, Sobreira, Felipe Gonzalez, Berto Garcia and Rigo Garcia all finding the net. Gonzalez provided one of the dayís best strikes when his right-footed curler left goalkeeper Kaji without a chance. The memorable moment was followed by a spectacular tally from Rigo Garcia, who blasted a rocket just under the crossbar.
The Legends continued their dominance in the second period. Las Vegasí Sobreira, Rodrigo Barbiratos and Ivan Simental fired home before teammate Tovar rounded out the quarter with a brace. Garr Persson had the only tally for the hosts.
Barbaritosí beautiful finish into the upper ninety was matched in quality by Perssonís strike, the defender finding the roof of the net with a thunderous effort on an Anaheim free-kick. Tovar had a highlight-reel goal of his own, as he added his name to the score sheet on an opposition powerplay.
The Bolts played their best soccer of the night early in the third quarter, star striker De Lima making his presence felt with a hat-trick. However, Las Vegas did well to respond to each of the Brazilianís tallies with a goal of its own, as Everton Cestari, Tovar and Gonzalez scored for the visitors, who subsequently struck four more times for a 17-4 lead at the end of the period.
While the Legendsí Cestari and Gonzalez both scored on Anaheim powerplays, De Lima had the gameís most spectacular tally, his brilliant chip from well outside the penalty area sailing over the head of opposition netminder Zeke Sanchez and into the net.
Las Vegas went on a 3-1 run in the closing quarter. Franck Tayou had a brace and teammate Cestari also bagged a goal, with Persson firing home for Anaheim. Tayou showed all his class on his first strike, as he muscled off two defenders inside the box before turning and sliding the ball past the helpless Kaji.