STARS HEAD TO CALIFORNIA FOR FIRST ROAD TRIP THIS SEASON
TACOMA, Wash. – The Tacoma Stars hit the road for the first time this season, heading to Turlock to take on the Express on Friday night at 7:05 PM and continuing to San Diego for a Sunday afternoon tilt against the Sockers at 5:05 PM. Both games can be streamed online at MASL.tv and live stats will be available at www.maslsoccer.com.
The Stars opened the Major Arena Soccer League season on October 27th with a tough overtime loss to the Milwaukee Wave. Alex Megson scored with just four seconds left in regulation on a spectacular bicycle kick to tie the game at 5-5. But Max Ferdinand scored the golden goal in the overtime session for the Wave to drop the Stars to 0-1. Derek Johnson and Joey Gjertsen each scored once and chipped in an assist for the Stars.
Turlock also opened the season with a heartbreaking overtime loss. The Express held a 5-3 edge heading into the fourth quarter, but the Syracuse Silver Knights scored three straight goals including the overtime winner to take a 7-6 win at Turlock Indoor last Friday night. The Express then traveled to Ontario on Sunday and dropped a 12-6 decision to the Fury. Forward Ivan Campos leads the Express with three goals and an assist and Jose Barajas has a pair of goals so far this season.
The Stars are 3-1 against the Turlock Express over the past two seasons, outscoring them 27-14. But the Express picked up their only win against Tacoma on November 4th with a 7-5 win at Turlock Indoor. Jamael Cox scored twice in the loss.
San Diego is 2-0 in the early going with a 6-5 win over Syracuse and 9-5 victory on the road in El Paso. Kraig Chiles leads the Sockers with seven points, including five goals. Matt Clare, Brandon Escoto and Cesar Cerda each have two goals.
The Sockers hold a 7-2 advantage over the Stars over the past two seasons, but five of those games were decided by just one goal including an 8-7 double overtime victory for the Sockers in leg one of the 2016 MASL playoffs. The Stars are 0-4 at Valley View Casino Center.
The Stars return to the accesso ShoWare Center on Friday, November 17th when they face the Express at 7:35. Season ticket packages, group outings, family packs, and suite offerings are available by calling 1-844-STARS-84 or visit them online at www.tacomastars.com. The most up-to-date news and notes about the Stars can be found by following the Stars on Twitter (@TacomaStarsSC) or liking the team on Facebook (FB.com/TacomaStars).
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