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BOLTS WEEKEND PREVIEW
Anaheim hosts Tijuana in a battle with huge playoff implications
On Sunday, the Anaheim Bolts face off against Revolucion Tijuana at the Anaheim Convention Center Arena in a battle for the post season which kicks off at 6:00 P.M. PST.
The Bolts (6-7) are riding a three game winning streak, but must win their final three games in order to have a shot at the play-offs.
“Our playoffs started against Arizona,” said head coach Bernie Lilavois. “In a perverse way, fighting for our play-off lives has brought us together as a team. We now have no excuse to not fight for the full 60 minutes.”
The Bolts proved that in Washington, fighting till the bitter end to hang on for 12-10 and 12-11 wins. “We like to keep it interesting,” Bolts’ forward Adriano De Lima joked after Sunday’s match. “It’s more exciting for the fans this way.”
Any worries that the Bolts would falter after Enrique Tovar left the team to join Syracuse in the MISL have been put to bed with Hugo Casillas (two hat tricks and one assist), De Lima (five goals and three assists), Juan Gonzalez (four goals and two assists), and Tomislav Colic (four goals) all having monster weekends in the Pacific northwest.
Another player to have a breakout weekend was Garr Perrson. The 23-year-old was not only a beast on the defensive end, but at the direction of Bernie Lilavois, he began to jump into the attack, getting his first goal of the season and making it harder for Tacoma to properly clear their lines.
The Bolts will need all their stars at the top of their game on Sunday as they face off against a Revolucion Tijuana (8-5) side that has the upper hand in the playoff race. Tijuana holds the head-to-head tie breaker over Anaheim on the strength of a 14-13 victory in southern California on January 6 and their record setting thumping of the Bolts in Mexico by a score of 28-7 a week later.
“We were missing a lot of players through injuries and suspensions,” Lilavois recalled of the ill-fated trip across the boarder. “We had to bring up players from our reserve and Tijuana were relentless in taking advantage. We haven’t forgotten that and are looking to return the hospitality on Sunday evening.”
It will not be the easiest task, however, as Tijuana needs just one more win to book its spot in the play-offs. The Mexican’s final three games are away to Turlock on Friday, versus the Bolts on Sunday and then home to Tacoma next Friday.
Revolucion is 5-1 in its last six games and comes into the weekend on the back of a 10-1 victory over the Western Division whipping boys, the Arizona Storm. After conceding the first goal, Tijuana held Arizona scoreless for the remaining 57:38 of the match.
The big question is whether or not Cesar Romero will feature for Tijuana now that he is training with Chivas USA. The forward has 32 goals in seven games. That includes two games in which he broke and then tied his own PASL record by finding the back of the net nine times in a single outing.
Even without Romero, Tijuana have plenty of firepower with Gerardo Villa (18 goals) and Guillermo Rodriguez (13 goals) more then ample replacements.
“Every game is a play-off game for us,” Lilavois concluded. “The atmosphere will be electric. We are excited for our supporters to come to the match decked in pink in honor of our Go Pink! Night and to urge us on. To give our guys that extra surge of energy to push past our rivals.”
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About the Anaheim Bolts:
The Anaheim Bolts is a new professional indoor soccer team. Competing in the Professional Arena Soccer League, the Bolts play their home matches at the Anaheim Convention Center Arena. Guided by Owner, Head Coach and former indoor legend, Bernie Lilavois, the Bolts have brought indoor soccer back to Orange County after a 14 year absence. Anaheim joins California rivals, the San Diego Sockers and the Turlock Express in the largest indoor league in North America. Lilavois has promised his side will make the playoffs in the inaugural season. If not, all season ticket holders, will have their 2012-2013 season tickets paid for by the club. For more information on the Bolts, go to www.boltsoccer.com.