Double duty the new normal for two-league Tacoma Stars

Double duty the new normal for two-league Tacoma Stars

Trevor McDonald, Vitalie Bulala, Duncan McCormick and Stars Insider Chris Yard (left to right) check out the plan ahead of the Stars player announcements at the ShoWare. (Wilson Tsoi)

by Chris Yard

Tacoma Stars Insider

MASL LogoWISL Logo - 600It was a tale of two leagues for the Tacoma Stars last weekend. First they played the San Diego Sockers in MASL action at the Kent Showare Center in front of 885 and then traveled north to battle the Arlington Aviators in WISL action.

Friday night, Coach Darren Sawatzky dressed to impress for the Tacoma Stars return to action in professional indoor soccer. In front of an impressive showing of support, the Tacoma Stars kept it close in the first half, trailing 3-2, backed by a Derek Johnson brace. By the end of the evening, the Stars battled tough but were beaten by the Pacific Division first-place Sockers 8-3. It was an impressive showing for the Stars given the fact that they had 48 hours to prepare for their first professional match in over 20 years.

Stars huddle in Kent before MASL opener at ShoWare.
Stars owner Lane Smith (right) and his two sons await the entry of the Stars onto the pitch on Friday night at ShoWare. (Wilson Tsoi)

Saturday night, the Stars traveled to Arlington to defend their undefeated WISL season against a very tough Arlington squad. Arlington jumped on top early from a power play goal created by a PJ Vargas blue card. With 6 minutes remaining in the 3rd period, the Stars finally scored and didn’t stop until they netted 3 goals. Nate Ford scored one and Derek Johnson netted yet another brace. Vitale Bulale and Jamael Cox added a goal a piece to help the Stars complete the 5-1 victory and extend their WISL unbeaten streak to 6-0-0.

It’ll be another hectic week for the Stars as they prepare for two more matches for the upcoming weekend. First the Stars will put their undefeated WISL record to the test against 3rd place Wenatchee Fire. Kickoff is at 7:30 at Tacoma Soccer Center and it’s also Wingman Bewers/Tacoma Stars scarf night. Sunday will be another MASL home match against Pacific Division 3rd place Las Vegas Legends. Kickoff for the MASL match is at 4pm at the Kent Showare Center.

Tacoma Stars in Arlington Saturday night.
Insider photos from Tacoma Stars MASL debut Friday in Kent.

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