[UPDATED, 3:30 p.m.] The Anaheim Bolts own their own field now. It's just not the right one.
That's what's behind the postponement of Sunday evening's Professional Arena Soccer League clash with the Tacoma Stars at the Anaheim Convention Center, a decision Bernie Lilavois, the Bolts' head coach and president, figured it best not to agonize over.
The first-year club used rival San Diego Sockers' field for its preseason tournament and first three home games this season, but its new field -- the surface, yes, but especially the boards and glass that surround it -- arrived last week.
It just didn't meet PASL Pro specifications.
“We tried to get San Diego's boards here at the last minute,” Lilavois said. “Unfortunately, their field isn't movable. They had it [configured into the ground at the Del Mar Fairgrounds] for the rest of the season. It's a fixture now. ...
“Our option was either to do it, get the game done -- try to configure something and make it work -- but it wasn't the professional standard we want to set. ... I just thought it was better to postpone it. Tacoma was good about it -- they'll be back down in February.”
Lilavois said the field was fine and would be suitable for a recreational league but that it doesn't meet professional standards. A replacement field will be in place before the Bolts' next home game, Jan. 6 vs. Tijuana.
LATE COLLAPSE: Lilavois is still smarting from the Bolts' collapse in Friday's 9-8 loss at Turlock. The Express scored seven straight goals to turn a 6-2 deficit into a 9-6 lead.
“Talk about a train coming off the track,” he said. “It was just mental mistakes, physical mistakes -- passing the ball to the wrong team, completely losing possession of the ball. We lost our shape, everybody was going forward and they scored on counters, we had too many stupid penalties.”
The Bolts rallied with two goals at end, after Lilavois pulled goalkeeper Jesus Molina for sixth attacker Paul Wright. He says he wishes he'd done so earlier.
“It raised our level,” Lilavois said. “When they scored their eighth goal [with 8:15 to play], every part of me wanted to pull the trigger and go with the sixth attacker. That's kind of my style -- I like to take chances, and I'll put on a sixth attacker in the third quarter. But I said no, let's hold off, I think this will take care of itself.
“If I played [the sixth attacker] a little earlier, who knows what would have happened.”
The Bolts are 3-3, two and a half games behind first-place San Diego (5-0) in the West.
[ORIGINAL POST] The Anaheim Bolts' match Sunday evening against Tacoma has been postponed because of problems building the field inside the Anaheim Convention Center's Arena.
No word on what's the trouble, but the Bolts use the San Diego Sockers' field -- the surface and the boards and glass that surround it, as in a hockey rink. The Sockers beat Tacoma, 8-3, in a Professional Arena Soccer League clash Saturday night at the Del Mar Fairgrounds.
The Bolts' home game Dec. 2 against Turlock started an hour late because of problems transporting the field from San Diego.
A makeup date is expected to be determined in the next few days. The PASL Pro is off until Dec. 30.
Here are the league standings:
San Diego Sockers 5-0
Turlock Express 6-3
Anaheim Bolts 3-3
Tijuana Revoluccion 3-3
Tacoma Stars 3-5
Phoenix Monsoon 1-7
Detroit Waza 5-1
Kansas Magic 4-1
Louisville Lightning 4-2
Illinois Piasa 3-5
Cincinnati Kings 2-5
Ohio Vortex 1-5