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Stars first test sees three goal victory

After a slow first frame, Tacoma broke out strong over the final three.

Max Aquino / Sounder at Heart

The Tacoma Stars took on the Dallas Sidekicks in a Major Arena Soccer League match that had “let down” written all over it. The Stars were fresh off a thumping of the Turlock Express, while Dallas had taken a 5-4 victory over Rio Grande Valley. Early on it looked like the match might go in favor of Dallas, but then the Stars woke up, winning 9-6.

The Stars and Sidekicks slept thru the first quarter, with neither side scoring. The second frame saw the teams combine for six goals, with Tacoma netting five of those. Over the second half Tacoma would strike the net four more times to move their score up to nine. VcMor Eligwe tried to rally Dallas with a second-half hat trick, but by then the match was too far out of reach.

Tacoma Goal Scorers: Lund 3 (5), Jamael Cox 2 (3), Clare 2 (3), Nick Perera 1 (4), Joey Gjertsen 1 (2)

Division Race

Ontario 10
Dallas 2

Dallas played a two-game weekend, and gave up a ten spot to Ontario after traveling from Tacoma.

Ontario leads the division with 2 wins and a +17 goal differential. The Stars are in second with 2 wins and a +13 GD.

Highlights, Stats, and Quotes

Tacoma Stars vs Dallas Sidekicks Game Highlights

Something special is going on at the accesso ShoWare Center. Check out these highlights from last nights 9-6 win over the Dallas Sidekicks. Join us this Saturday when we host rival Ontario Fury and look to stay unbeaten and on top of the Pacific Division. Tickets are selling now at https://tacomastars.showare.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=22 #BUILTTOWIN

Posted by Tacoma Stars on Saturday, December 8, 2018

Stats (Tacoma listed first; shots listed by quarter)

Goals: 9-6

Shots: 3-9-4-5 (21), 1-3-4-9 (17)

Blue cards: 1-1

Yellow cards: 0-2

Power plays: 1-1, 1-1

Leaderboards

Nick Perera is now third in the league with 10 points.

Perera is tied for first in the league with 10 assists.

Perera is also tied for first in the league with a 5.0 points per game average.

Philip Lund is tied for second in the league with 5 goals.

Danny Waltman is fifth in the league with a goals against average of 4.00.

Waltman is tied for second in the league with two wins.

Quotes

Head Coach Darren Sawatzky

On the match

“Anytime you score more goals your on the happier end of things. We learned what we need to keep working on.”

On Dallas

“We concentrate on what we do, Cameron brown was not on the score sheet tonight, but next time he will be.”

On next match versus Ontario Fury

“Ontario and us battle for that playoff spot every year. That starts next week, they have a very good veteran squad, they have one of our former guys and we expect a battle.”

On Fury goalkeeper Chris Toth

“Letting arguably the best goalie in the league, leave your team does not make sense to me. Chris is a really good goalkeeper we are going to have to do a lot to beat him.

Nick Perera

On the win

“It’s a big one. The game had ups and downs. The final result is what matters.”

On his production

“The work is the team. I am on the end of a lot of hard work from the team, I get a lot of points cause these guys are busting butts to get up and down the field.”

Look ahead

This week the Stars take on the Ontario Fury. Both squads enter the match with a 2-0 record. This looks to be the most interesting match to date, since both teams unbeaten, and both have improved and are looking to make the Pacific Division a three team race for first. Ontario currently holds a slight edge in the playoff race as they have a better goal difference. This will be the first away match of the year for Ontario, who have scored 21 goals in the two home matches they have played, while only conceding four. This match will also have a little extra importance for the Stars as it will be the final home match for Stars coach Darren Sawatzky before he departs to become head coach of FC Tucson in USL League One.

Join the Stars this Saturday the 15th as they take on the Ontario Fury, and celebrate all Darren Sawatzky has done for soccer in our state. Game time is 7:05 PM from the Acesso ShoWare Center in Kent.

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