by Pete Richmier

San Diego, Ca- This Sunday the Tacoma Stars (2-2) will play the second of six consecutive road matches when they visit Pachanga Arena San Diego to square off with the Sockers (4-1). This is the second meeting between the squads early in the season following a 7-3 San Diego win on November 30 at the accesso ShoWare Center. 

This is the second game this weekend for each team with Tacoma falling 10-7 in Ontario, and the Sockers picking up a 6-5 win in Turlock on Friday.   Tacoma and San Diego played a tight first half in the last meeting in Kent, before the Sockers pulled  away with four second half goals, despite being outshot by Tacoma 9-8 in the final 30 minutes. 

Mike Ramos, (who leads the Stars in goals scored with seven), Nick Perera, and Aleesandro Canale registered goals for Tacoma in the game. Kraig Chiles and Slavisa Ubiparipovic both found the net twice for San Diego with Travis Pittman, Brandon Escoto, and Brian Farber each scoring once. 

Currently Farber, Escoto, Chiles, Ubiparipovic, and Cesar Cerda all sit atop the Sockers squad in scoring with five points on the season. Perera sets the pace for Tacoma with six points (2G-4A) with Ramos close behind with five (5G-0A). This is the final meeting between the teams until they battle in three consecutive games between March 8 - 15, 2020, with two of those matches will also be at Pachanga Arena San Diego. 

The Stars continue the longest road trip of the season with a post-Christmas match-up with the St. Louis Ambush on December 27th.  Kickoff is scheduled for 5:05 PM.