On an unseasonably warm Sunday afternoon, the San Diego Sockers took their play outdoors for some fresh air and a match against the Battalion’s fall squad. North County Battalion, who kept a clean sheet last weekend at Del Norte Stadium, fell to the Sockers 1-3 in its second match of the fall development season.
Defender Rory Sutherland scored his first goal for Battalion after joining the squad earlier this year. Normally, Rory is in the backfield protecting opposing teams from getting past the defense. When Battalion has a corner kick, the 6’2″ San Diego native, is right there and ready to head the ball into the net. On Sunday, the ball landed at his feet and for the first time wearing the Battalion crest he made the score 1-0. “I tell myself it’s going to happen before every corner kick. So happy I went back post because in practice I typically haven’t. Granted we, as a team, did not come ahead after 90 min, it was a personal achievement I’ve had set for myself and I hope that it inspires.” stated Sutherland.
Sockers went on to score three unanswered goals for their side as Battalion struggled to maintain control of the ball in the midfield.
However, the final score was not the main highlight. The match helped to raise awareness and money for the Challenged Athletes Foundation, a charity providing grants to athletes with physical disabilities.
The Battalion will host Orange County FC at Del Norte Stadium in another fall-friendly next Sunday, October 16th. Kickoff is set for 12:20pm.