Stars Season Ends With 11-3 Loss To Sockers

by Brett Gleason

SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- The Tacoma Stars concluded their first full season in the Major Arena Soccer League with an 11-3 loss to the San Diego Sockers in the MASL playoffs on Sunday night at the Valley View Casino Center.

San Diego’s Nick Perera opened up the scoring with a goal eight minutes into the match. The Sockers held onto their 1-0 lead until Stars midfielder Joseph Cairel knotted things up with under a minute remaining in the first quarter.

The Sockers struck for four goals in the second quarter and survived a Stars power play near the end of the half to take a 5-1 lead going into the break. Anthony Medina, Jonatan Santos, Victor Quiroz, and Matt Clare tallied goals during San Diego’s breakaway second quarter offensive effort.

Tacoma managed a pair of goals in the fourth quarter from midfielder Jamael Cox and defender Trevor Jensen, but were out-scored 6-2 in the second half, leading to an 11-3 victory for San Diego.

Stars goalkeeper Danny Waltman racked up 18 saves on 29 shots in the contest.

The outcome of tonight’s match eliminates the Stars from the postseason, and advances San Diego to the Pacific Division finals next week, where they will take on Soles De Sonora.

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