The Streak Is Over! Long Live The Streak!

by Craig Elsten

It ended suddenly, as most things do in the back-and-forth game of indoor soccer. One moment the San Diego Sockers were wildly celebrating a game-tying goal with 6.7 seconds remaining in regulation. Just moments later their team captain was snapping a point blank shot at the roof of the Dallas goal, sure to extend the longest winning streak in U.S. professional sports history to 49 games.

Only it didn’t. Aaron Susi’s shot was saved by the Sidekicks’ Brazilian keeper Sagu, who tossed the ball out to a runner on the wing named Shaun David, who faked one way and ran the other and got past the defense, and his long shot on San Diego’s fine keeper Riley Swift hit Riley’s left hand but somehow curved backward and bounced into the Sockers’ net.

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