Christian Chaney scored four goals as the Fresno Fuego rolled to a 6-2 win over the Las Vegas Mobsters in a Premier Development League match Thursday night at Chukchansi Park.
Chaney knocked in a rebound in the 15th minute, chasing home Tony Torres’ blocked shot for a 2-0 lead in a matchup of Central Pacific Division rivals. Two minutes later, midfielder Abraham Campos found Chaney on a volley inside the penalty area for his first header of the night.
Chaney got a hat trick in the 28th, heading in a cross from Diego Medina for a 4-0 lead that held until halftime. The Mobsters scored twice in the opening 15 minutes following intermission before Chaney added his final goal in the 68th.
It was a statement win for the Fuego and interim coach Brian Zwaschka, who took over after the unexpected resignation of coach and assistant general manager Sean Lanigan on Tuesday.
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It also gave Fresno (1-2) its first three points of the season after another surprise this week. Saturday’s 5-1 win over San Francisco City FC was forfeited by the club for making an illegal substitution. The three-point forfeiture was a club-imposed penalty, according to team play-by-play announcer Jason Phillips.
The Mobsters (1-2) and Fuego will play again Saturday at Chukchansi Park. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
It’s another doubleheader with sister club Fresno Freeze, which opens the action at 5 p.m. against the Hotspur Ladies in a Women’s Premier Soccer League game. The Freeze beat Primero de Mayo 4-0 in Thursday’s opening match.
Soccer doubleheader Saturday
WPSL: FRESNO FREEZE VS. HOTSPUR LADIES
- Kickoff: 5 p.m. at Chukchansi Park
- Records: Freeze 2-0, Hotspur Ladies 1-1
PDL: FRESNO FUEGO VS. LAS VEGAS MOBSTERS
- Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. at Chukchansi Park
- Records: Fuego 1-2, Mobsters 1-2
- Webcast/TV: Youtube.com/CMACFresno (Xfinity 94/AT&T U-Verse 99)