STARS FACE FURY IN MUST WIN GAME FRIDAY NIGHT
Tacoma, WA- The Tacoma Stars’ (9-11) path to the playoffs is simple, win. They host the Ontario Fury (10-10) Friday night at the Accesso ShoWare Center at 7:35 pm. With two games remaining in the 2017-18 MASL regular season, nothing matters in the final game if the Stars do not defeat the Fury Friday night. If the Stars win, there are a couple of scenarios, but they will watch the Fury clinch on their home turf if they do not.
The Stars lead the season series 2-1 coming in to this match and should both teams finish with equal win/loss records head to head record is the first tie breaker. The second tie breaker, which in no scenario would be needed, is goal differential.
In the series, Tacoma has out-scored Ontario 23-21 despite being decidedly out-shot 94-60. When the two teams last played in Kent back on January 5, the Stars won decisively 11-6 led by Jamael Cox, Nick Perera, and Raphael Cox with two goals apiece. Perera leads the Stars in scoring against Ontario with seven points (4G-3A).
Ontario has had a five-point scorer in each game against the Stars this season with Francisco Cordeiro, Juan Carlos Gonzalez, and Leonardo de Oliveira each accomplishing the feat. Gonzalez leads the team against Tacoma with eight points (5G-3A).
Tacoma’s defense and goalkeeper Danny Waltman factored big in both wins this season including the 8-6 victory in Ontario where they were out-shot 44-16. They will need to be as successful Friday night against the Fury offense.
Friday night’s kick off is set for 7:35pm on Youth Soccer Night. All youth soccer players will receive a free ticket and fans in attendance will receive a 2017-28 Tacoma Stars team photo. The Stars wrap up the regular season next Friday March 2 at 7:35 pm against the Kansas City Comets.
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