SAN DIEGO -- The Blast started its latest road trip on the wrong foot last night with an 8-1 loss to the San Diego Sockers.
Baltimore, trying to break a five-game losing streak on the road, scored its fewest points in a game this season, even though San Diego's tough goalkeeper, Victor Nogueira, was ejected late in the third quarter. The Sockers used Wes Wade in goal for the rest of the game.
The loss dropped Baltimore's record to 14-16, while first-place San Diego improved to 21-8.
Paul Dougherty scored a hat trick for the Sockers, a feat that inspired a few of the 11,567 in attendance for "Hat Night" to hurl their free caps on to the floor.
Former Blast player Tim Wittman scored twice for the Sockers, including the game's final goal.
Steve Powers was given his third start in goal this season for Baltimore and his first since Dec. 20 when the Blast lost to the Cleveland Crunch, 6-4.
Despite his 0-2 record and 7.25 goals against average, Powers stood his ground for the first quarter, faltering only one of San Diego's 11 shots. Former Blast player Thomspon Usiyan beat Powers at 1:14.
San Diego moved ahead, 4-0, in the second quarter as the Blast managed only three shots on goal.
Usiyan was given an assist when he battled Ian Fraser along the end zone boards and chipped the ball to Wittman, who beat Powers in front of the net at 2:03.
Kevin Crow scored at 3:53 when he pounced on a rebound after Powers made a sprawling one-handed save on Ben Collins' shot.
Dougherty gave the Sockers a 4-0 lead with the first of his three goals. Nine seconds later, at 9:12, the Blast got on the board on a goal by Joe Koziol.
Domenic Mobilio picked up his 16th assist of the season when he banged the ball off the end zone boards as two San Diego defenders closed in.
The ball bounded in front of the net to Koziol, who knocked it in. San Diego went ahead 6-1 in the third quarter on Paul Wright's 40th goal of the season at 8:51, and Dougherty's second goal of the night at 11:22.
The match took a twist 35 seconds later when Sockers goalie Victor Nogueira was given a red card because an impolite gesture he made after crashing into Jean Harbor while chasing a loose ball in the corner.
The Sockers moved Wade, one of their fastest attackers, into the nets. The Sockers didn't slow down, taking a 7-1 lead at 13:28 when Dougherty completed his hat trick by jumping on a ball that Powers was having trouble controlling.
Baltimore 0 1 0 0 -- 1
San Diego 1 3 3 1 -- 8
First quarter--1, SD Usiyan 21 (Wright), 1:14. Penalties--none.
Second quarter--2, SD Wittman 16 (Usiyan), 2:03; 3, SD Crow 6 (Woodberry), 3:53; 4, SD Dougherty 23 (Collins) 9:03; 5, BAL Koziol 16 (Mobilio), 9:12. Penalties--none.
Third quarter--6, SD Wright 40 (Nogueira), 8:51; 7, SD Dougherty 24 (Wright), 11:22; 8, SD Dougherty 25 (Wright), 13:28. Penalties--Dougherty, SD, pushing, 5:41. Nogueira, SD, game misconduct, 11:37.
Fourth quarter--9, Wittman 17 (Golovnia), 2:34. Penalties--Neeley, B, misconduct, 6:15.
Shots on goal--Baltimore 5-3-15-4--27. San Diego 11-8-8-8-37. Goalies--Bal, Powers (0-3); SD, Nogueira (21-8), Wade. A--11,575.