TACOMA, WA— Duncan McCormick scored two goals and added an assist last Saturday night as the Tacoma Stars beat the Seattle Impact 7-4 at the Tacoma Soccer Center. You might remember that another McCormick once played for a Stars club of another era. Duncan’s dad Dick was with Tacoma before Duncan was even born. Saturday he got to see his son honor the family connection over a generation.
Duncan wasn’t planning on playing indoors. “I heard the news that Darren (Sawatzky) was going to be the coach of the Stars around August, which was right after I made my decision to stay in Seattle rather than go to Wake Forest. I knew that I was going to have all winter without a team so I thought the Stars would be a good way to get some games and fitness under my belt. Knowing Darren from Sounders Academy I asked him if I could tag along and he was more than welcoming.”
Suddenly Duncan was not only a Tacoma Star, but he was with a group of guys who had something prove. “The game last Saturday was fun for several different reasons; first, we are a semi pro team coming up against a pro team. Therefore, most of our guys wanted to prove a point, which added some fire into the game. Another factor was the atmosphere, it’s always more fun to play games in front of people, and with several hundred packed into the Soccer Center you could feel the energy on the field.”
They did prove it, taking a 7-4 win over a team built to play at Kent Showare Arena. Duncan takes us through his night. “My first goal was contributed to some great team play early on in the game. We were able to fluidly move the ball up the field and into the box. The ball was selfishly laid off to me right on the edge of the area which made putting it in the net quite easy. For the second goal I was again given a great pass which made my job easy. I created some space from the defender and shot it past the goalie. Making it 5-4 was a great feeling that took some pressure off of our backs, I was very glad to have scored that.”
So Duncan notched the first goal in the history of the Western Indoor Soccer League (WISL) Tacoma Stars. He also scored the eventual winner. It was enough to inspire him to an emotional display right on the pitch. “My dad played a couple of years with the Stars more than 20 years ago. In kissing the badge I was showing him and the fans that the legacy of the Tacoma Stars lives on in the McCormick family. You have to enjoy scoring goals when you’re playing and celebrating is the best way to do so. We had a good laugh about that one after the game.”
Over at TacomaStars.com, Stars owner Lane Smith pointed to Duncan as one of the highlights of the big win.
“It was very special with Duncan McCormick scoring and tugging his Stars jersey crest and pointing up to his Mom and Dad (former MISL Tacoma Star Dick McCormick) a few feet above him right over the goal,’ Smith said. “That was an epic proud moment for parents and for Duncan to salute the Stars long history.”
Duncan looks forward to what the Stars season is going to bring. “Of course, I hope that this season everybody can improve their game while staying healthy, however, no matter what the circumstances are, what team I am playing on, or how competitive the environment is, I like to win games. With the Stars this season I have great confidence that we will bring home a WISL championship.”
(Photos by Chris Coulter for TacomaStars.com)
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