Hirmez's 2 Goals Help Beat Lazers

Associated Press

Waad Hirmez scored two goals against his former teammates Sunday night as the San Diego Sockers won for the fourth time in five games, beating the Los Angeles Lazers, 8-1.

Hirmez has six goals in three games since he was reacquired Tuesday in a trade with the Lazers.

The Sockers have scored 40 goals in winning four of their last five games, their only defeat a 10-9 double-overtime loss to the Lazers.

San Diego goalie Victor Nogueira and Felipe Hernandez, who entered in relief for the last 6:50, combined to blank Los Angeles for the final 52 minutes. Nogueira made 13 saves and Hernandez one.

San Diego's Ralf Wilhelms scored 5:06 into the game and the Lazers tied it when Hector Marinaro scored his MISL-leading 34th goal at 8:00 of the first period.

Hirmez broke the deadlock with 14 seconds left in the first quarter when he put a penalty kick past Lazers goalie Kris Peat. Hirmez was awarded the kick after defender Fernando Clavijo was called for holding Paul Wright, who was attacking in the penalty area.

The Sockers got second-period goals from Alan Willey and Hirmez for a 4-1 halftime lead.

Jim Gorsek replaced Peat at the start of the third quarter and stopped the first shot he faced, but then gave up goals to Wright and Steve Zungul as the Sockers took a 6-1 lead in the first 3:27 of the period.

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