The Tacoma Stars Reserves began their quest to regain the Western Indoor Soccer League championship on Saturday, Nov. 11, at the Tacoma Soccer Center. In front of nearly 500 soccer fans, the boys in blue would face a familiar foe in the Olympic Force. When these teams have met over the previous three seasons, the intensity of the matches has been at a playoff level. This season opener would be no different. After giving up the opening goal to the Force, Tacoma would rebound and take a 2-1 lead into halftime. The Stars would extend their lead to 3-1 by the end of the third stanza. Each club would knock in two goals in the fourth quarter, but the Force couldn’t get any closer as the Reserves took the victory 5-3.
Tacoma was led in scoring by two goals from Atty Taylor, and one apiece from J.J. Schmeck, J.C. Henson and veteran Nate Ford.
The Tacoma Stars of the Major Arena Soccer League split two games in California the same weekend. Tacoma topped Turlock 7-3 on Friday, Nov. 10, with newcomer Philip Lund scoring a hat trick. Two days later, the Stars fell to the dreaded San Diego Sockers by a score of 8-3. Tacoma returns home on Friday, Nov. 17, to host Turlock.