TACOMA, WA — The Tacoma Stars are now 7-0-0 in the Western Indoor Soccer League (WISL) after their latest victory included a rare twist—an indoor soccer shutout. Five different Tacoma players scored on the offensive side while goalkeeper Aaron Anderson played the full 60 minutes, collected 17 saves, and held the Fire scoreless. It was a 5-0 final before a packed house at the Tacoma Soccer Center. Tacoma Rainiers mascot Rhubarb high-fived his way around the venue on Wingman Brewers Tacoma scarf night.
The result sets the WISL playoffs. The #1 Stars will host the #4 Oly Town Artesians in the first round on February 7 at the Tacoma Soccer Center. Further details will be announced soon. In the other semifinal Bellingham United FC will host the Wenatchee Fire. If the Stars advance past Oly Town they would host the WISL Final the following weekend.
WESTERN INDOOR SOCCER LEAGUE STANDINGS (Through 1/24/15)
|Club||Points||Wins||Losses||Ties||GF||GA||Goal + / –|
|OLY TOWN ARTESIANS||6||2||5||0||45||62||-17|
GF= goals for. GA= goals against. 3 points for a win, 1 point for a tie. Top four clubs make the playoffs.
Tiebreakers: 1.Total points 2. Head to head results 3. Goal differential 4.Goals against 5. Coin flip
The Stars spread their five goals out over the first three quarters. Joe Gjertsen scored the match-winner in the first quarter. Josh Phillips, playing in his final Stars match before heading off to the Colorado Switchbacks (outdoors), followed up quickly with his own strike to make it 2-0 after one quarter.
In the second quarter Adam West and Kyle Danielson notched goals for the Stars. Cam Vickers scored in the 3rd quarter to make the final 5-0 result.
Tacoma raised its goal differential in WISL matches to a plus 40 (58-18).
All attention now turns to Sunday afternoon when the Stars will jump back into MASL play as they host the Las Vegas Legends at the ShoWare Center at 4 PM.
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