Stars drop season opening to San Diego 7-3

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The Tacoma Stars (0-1) opened their season on Nov. 30 in front of 3,191 fans at the accesso ShoWare Center but finished the match on the wrong end of a 7-3 score against the San Diego Sockers (1-1).

The game was close through the first quarter with each team picking up a goal late in the frame. Tacoma struck first when goalkeeper Danny Waltman found Mike Ramos with a long pass to put the Stars up 1-0. Travis Pittman pulled the Sockers even on an unassisted marker with 21 second left to play in the first.

San Diego pulled in front for good with 8:14 remaining in the second quarter when Kraig Chiles scored the first of back-to-back goals on a power play opportunity. After Chiles’ second goal, Nick Perera scored on a pass from Alex Caceres to put the score at 3-2 San Diego at the half.

Slavisa Ubiparipovic gave the Sockers breathing room as he scored consecutive goals to open the third quarter. Tacoma closed out scoring in the third on an unassisted goal by Alessandro Canale with 5:07 to play. Fourth quarter scoring was all San Diego despite being outshot by the Stars in the final 15 minutes. Brandon Escoto scored with 2:55 remaining in the game and just 40 seconds later Brian Farber knocked in the Sockers’ seventh goal of the match to reach the final score.

SCORING SUMMARY

1st –  TAC Ramos (Waltman) 12:10; SD Pittman 14:32. Penalties – none.

2nd – SD Chiles (Escoto) 6:46 PP; SD Chiles 9:11; TAC Perera (Caceres) 12:31. Penalties – SD Salvagio blue card (dissent) 0:00; TAC Ramos blue card (boarding) 5:47; SD bench blue card (too many men) 10:02.

3rd – SD Ubiparipovic (Pittman) 1:15; SD Ubiparipovic 8:14; TAC Canale 9:53. Penalties – TAC Caceres blue card (holding) 6:10; SD Chiles blue card (boarding) 14:50; TAC Perera blue card (unsportsmanlike conduct) 14:50.

4th – SD  Escoto (Chiles) 12:05; SD Farber (Gutierrez) 14:39. Penalties – TAC Neagle yellow card (illegal substitution) 7:04; SD Ortega blue card (tripping) 9:05; SD Pardo yellow card (dissent) 15:00.

The Stars are on the road Friday Dec. 6 when they battle the Turlock Cal Express at 7:05 p.m. and you can catch all the action live on MASL.tv. The next home game will be Sunday, Dec. 15 at 5:05 p.m. for the annual Teddy Bear Toss game against the Ontario Fury. Get your tickets today.            

The Stars kicked off their 2019-2020 season schedule. Guarantee your seat to all of the fast-paced excitement of Tacoma Stars soccer by logging on to tacomastars.showare.com to get your tickets. 

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