Tacoma Drops Divisional Match With San Diego, 8-2

by Brett Gleason

TACOMA, Wash. -- The Tacoma Stars (7-5) lost a divisional match to the San Diego Sockers (7-4), 8-2 on Sunday night at the ShoWare Center.

Tacoma defenders Adam West and Chase Hanson scored the Stars only two goals of the game, while midfielder Michael Ramos and striker Derek Johnson both tallied assists. Goalkeeper Danny Waltman recorded eight saves on 16 shots.

Six separate players found the net for the Sockers in the first half, giving the visitors a 6-0 lead going into halftime. San Diego defender Evan McNeley’s power play goal came after a foul on Stars defender Joseph Cairel and wrapped up the first half scoring.

West netted the first goal of the match for Tacoma just under eight minutes into the third quarter, assisted by Ramos.

Hanson’s goal came four and a half minutes into the final quarter, and only 13 seconds after a goal from San Diego. The Sockers added a final score with just under two minutes remaining in the game to create the final margin of 8-2.

Prior to the match, Navy defeated Army 19-1 in the First Annual Tacoma Stars Army vs. Navy Showdown presented by BECU.

Next up for the Stars is a road match with the Dallas Sidekicks on Thursday, Jan. 14. First kick is scheduled for 5:35 p.m. PT.

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