Spiders win 25-30 over San Diego

Photos by Alex Ho and Brendan Yee

Despite a 3rd quarter surge by the San Diego Growlers, the Spiders finish strong and beat out the San Diego Growlers 30-25. The Spiders outscored the Growlers in 3 of the 4 quarters, saving the best performance for the fourth quarter where they generated 4 breaks to San Diego's 1. The win elevates the Spiders above the .500 mark for the first time since opening day 2016 when they were 1-0. In 2016 the Spiders didn't get their second win until the 7th game of the season when they were 2-5. Now, at 2-1, the Spiders are eying a path the playoffs and a shot at the top spot in the Western Conference.

For San Jose few players stood out above the rest with almost everyone having a strong game. Justin Norden continues to be the leading goal thrower, getting 5 assists in the game and taking a commanding lead in the AUDL's assist leader board with 19 on the season. Jackson Stearns and Steven Chang aren't far behind with 4 each. Jackson had another great offensive show, tallying 4 assists, 2 goals, and a block for an overall contribution of +6 tied for best on the team. Brandon Fein also had a +6 overall contribution (2A, 2G, 2D). On defense Matt Crawford led the team with 4 blocks. While Matt was effective at getting the blocks it was Kelly Van Arsdale that was able to capitalize. Kelly got 5 goals playing almost exclusively on the D line.

For San Diego, Sean Ham continued to be the best scoring threat on the field. After stunning the home town crowd for 2 years Sean caught the opening goal for the Growlers much to the shock of some of the Spiders fans. He continued being one of San Diego's top scoring threats despite being covered by two of the Spiders best defenders, Ethan Falat and Tommy Adams.

The Spiders are on the road next week for a chance to take the second or first spot in the West. They play Seattle (1-0) on on Friday night in down town Seattle on the 28th in a battle with 1 of 2 teams tied for first place. On Saturday they'll cross the boarder to take on the Vancouver Riptide (0-2). Home teams have a big advantage in the AUDL so even splitting the series and going 1-1 on the weekend could be considered a successful weekend. The Spiders will return home to face the undefeated LA Aviators (2-0) on May 13th.

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