TACOMA, WA— The Tacoma Stars will host the Arlington Aviators on Saturday night December 20th at 7:30 PM in the Tacoma Soccer Center. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for seniors and military, and $5 for kids ages 5-12. Under 5 get in free. Tickets are selling quickly and can be bought online here. There will be a quick-entry line for ticketholders.
The Stars come into the match with a 3-0-0 record in Western Indoor Soccer League play (5-0-0 overall), good for first place. The Aviators have played three close matches in WISL competition but have been edged out each time. Arlington (0-0-3) lost at home last week to Oly Town Artesians 7-6 on a goal with 12 seconds left.
To make matters even more challenging for the vistors, they will be without team leader Andrew Escalante, who was red-carded on the goal that doomed the Aviators last week. Arlington will be without a couple other key contributors as well.
Tacoma is spreading the love around with 15 different goal-scorers so far. Reigning WISL Player of the Week Derek Johnson leads (in all matches) with 8. Kyle Danielson has 5 and Chris Raymond and Joey Gjertsen have 4 each.
The Aviators are led on the attack by the 3 goals of Aaron Burns (in WISL play.) Zach Crutchfield and Adrian Panduro have 2 each.
WESTERN INDOOR SOCCER LEAGUE STANDINGS (Through 12/13/14)
|Club||Points||Wins||Losses||Ties||GF||GA||Goal + / –|
|OLY TOWN ARTESIANS||6||2||1||0||22||22||0|
GF= goals for. GA= goals against. 3 points for a win, 1 point for a tie. Top four clubs make the playoffs.
In goal the Stars are at least three deep, with Aaron Anderson leading the league in goals against average (GAA) at 4.0.
Erik Cruz is the starter in the nets for the Aviators. The club is dealing with roster numbers issues and it is possible the versatile Cruz, whose GAA is 6.3, could also double as a field player at times.
It’s Wingman Brewers Night as the Stars welcome a new sponsor and serve local beer at the Far Post Bar. “Go Stars” sign cards will be handed out to the first 100 fans arriving for the match courtesy of Stars sponsor Gilchrist Auto.