Raphael Cox recorded a brace for Tacoma, but the Milwaukee Wave dominated possession and eventually wore down the Stars to take an 8-4 victory at UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena on Saturday, Dec. 9. Philip Lund scored his seventh goal of the season and the Stars led 4-3 midway through the third quarter before the Wave flipped the switch and scored five straight goals.

Cox, a former Stadium High School standout, got the Stars on the board early, striking one past Milwaukee goalkeeper Josh Lemos, with just 56 seconds gone. Milwaukee brought the pressure throughout the first 15 minutes, but goalkeeper Danny Waltman made 10 saves to keep the Stars up 1-0 after the first quarter.

But on the first shot of the second quarter, Hans Denissen tied the game up when he bellied a pass from Max Ferdinand into the goal. Lund scored his second goal of the weekend and his seventh goal of the season a few minutes later to take a 2-1 lead but it was Ferdinand with a little touch on a pass across the box from Robert Renaud to tie it up 2-2 less than a minute later.

After blue cards to the Wave’s Tenzin Rampa and one to Tacoma’s Joseph Cairel, with each team down a man, Troy Peterson slipped into the corner and received a pass from Ramone Palmer to score his first goal of the season with just six tenths of a second left in the half. Tacoma took a 3-2 lead into the locker room.

Daniel Mattos tied the game early in the third quarter for the Wave, but Cox scored again on a power play, an absolute blast that put the Stars up 4-3 at the 6:31 mark. Minutes later, Milwaukee answered again with Mattos’ second goal of the quarter to tie it up 4-4 and Andre Hayne gave them their first lead of the game, 5-4, with 2:05 left in the period.

It was all Milwaukee after that with goals from Renaud, Marcio Leite and an empty netter by Ian Bennett in the fourth and the Wave took an 8-4 win to remain unbeaten this season at 7-0.

Danny Waltman made 21 saves including 10 in the first quarter, but the Stars fell to 2-5 with four of their five losses to teams with a combined record of 13-0.

The previous night, Tacoma fell behind the Kansas City Comets early and were unable to catch up late, falling 7-5.

The Stars return home for a pair of games against Soles De Sonora on Saturday, Dec. 16 and Sunday, Dec. 17. Saturday’s game is Star Wars Night and fans can pick up an exclusive, limited edition Tacoma Stars Grit City Jedi T-shirt by purchasing an End Zone Party Deck ticket for $42. First kick is 7:05 p.m. on Saturday and 5:05 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets can be purchased at

Stay up to date with the Stars by following them on Twitter (@TacomaStarsSC) or liking the team on Facebook ( – By Brandon Sparks


The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) of the International Centre for Sport Security (ICSS) – an international non-profit organization working in the field of sport safety, security and integrity – has announced the establishment of a confidential Sport Integrity Hotline to help athletes, fans and those involved in the sports industry report misconduct and sport integrity issues in the United States and Canada.

In line with its overall mission to help safeguard sport, the ICSS and its SIU has set up a specialized and multi-lingual Sport Integrity Hotline to help athletes, coaches, administrators and members of the public report anonymously and in confidence any allegation of misconduct or integrity issue that has taken place within sport.

Managed by a specialist ethics and case-management third-party provider, WhistleBlower Security, the Sport Integrity Hotline will be available to receive confidential reports 24 hours a day / 365 days a week via phone, e-mail or online.

Reports and allegations made to the hotline will be managed through a secure and encrypted case management system to protect the identity of the reporter. Once a report is submitted, an alert will immediately be sent to an experienced sport integrity expert at the SIU, who will analyze the case and review any evidence submitted. Details of the case will then be shared with appropriate authorities or relevant bodies – including law enforcement agencies.

To report an allegation of misconduct or an integrity issue in sport, the Sport Integrity Hotline can be contacted in the US and Canada via:

Phone: +1-866-921-6714



“At a time where many current and former athletes in the United States and Canada are bravely speaking out about the years of victimization and abuse they have suffered, it is important that we continue to encourage more people to come forward and to provide them with the right resources and professional tools to help confidentially report and uncover instances of corruption, discrimination and other integrity issues that affect sport today,” said ICSS Group CEO Michael Hershman.

“As a landmark step forward in this area, the ICSS is proud to announce the establishment of a new Sport Integrity Hotline in the United States and Canada today, which aims to provide a truly independent and confidential whistle-blower platform for athletes, coaches, sports organizations and members of the public across North America and supports the ongoing work of our dedicated Special Investigations Unit and experienced sport integrity experts at the ICSS.”

“WhistleBlower Security is excited to partner with the ICSS to provide the support and tools to introduce the Sport Integrity Hotline,” said WhistleBlower Security president Shannon Walker. “Which is aimed at providing a dedicated whistleblowing platform to help protect the integrity of sport globally and encourage more athletes and members of the public to come forward and report integrity issues in sport. Indeed, sport is a growing area of interest for many in the ethics and compliance sector and at Whistleblower Security, we appreciate the opportunity to align ourselves with committed and leading international organizations, like the ICSS, who are dedicated to ensuring integrity and ethics for their workplaces and within their industry.”

Led by a team of international law-enforcement, anti-corruption experts and sport-integrity investigators with more than 60 years’ combined experience, the SIU offers confidential investigation services, specialized training and independent integrity advice to support governing bodies, law enforcement, athletes and organizations across the sports industry.

For more information about the Sport Integrity Hotline and the ICSS Special Investigations Unit, please visit or contact



Pacific Lutheran University women’s soccer student-athlete Hailey Smoot was recognized by United Soccer Coaches as one of the top achievers in the classroom and on the pitch, earning a spot on the 2017 USC NCAA Division III Scholar All-West Region Team.

Smoot was one of 14 student-athletes to earn a spot on the Scholar All-West Region team and one of just two student-athletes from the Northwest Conference. The senior midfielder was joined on the team by the University of Puget Sound’s Emily Prasil. To be eligible for the award, student-athletes must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 or above, start more than 50 percent of all games played, and have an academic standing of a junior or above.

The Scholar All-Region Award is just the latest in a series of accolades for the senior elementary education major. The Puyallup native was a First Team All-West Region and a First Team All-Northwest Conference selection this season, playing in all 22 games this season and making 20 starts. Smoot recorded the game-winning goal against Linfield College on Oct. 15 and helped the Lutes (17-3-2, 13-2-1 NWC) win the NWC title for the second consecutive season and advance to the second round of the NCAA Division III Tournament.

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