Stars drop MASL match in Vegas, play two tonight

Stars drop MASL match in Vegas, play two tonight

starsFacebookavatarby Atif Bhatti

Las Vegas, NV—Just five days removed from Tacoma’s first encounter with Las Vegas, the Stars had a chance to return the favor of their ten goal beat down at the hands of the Legends this past Sunday night. But the Stars were unable to gain some revenge against the Legends, as they fell to Las Vegas again tonight in the Las Vegas Sports Park by a score of 11-2. Three different Las Vegas players scored multiple goals while Hiram Ruiz posted four assists.

Las Vegas wasted no time in opening the game’s scoring, as Hiram Ruiz found Ivan Campos for the home side’s first score after just forty-two seconds into the game. Ivan Simental and Felipe Gonzalez followed suit with a goal of their own in the early going of the first quarter. Although Tacoma did produce some good goal-scoring chances, they were unable to capitalize on any of them and the Legends were up by three goals at the end of the first fifteen minutes of play.

The Stars get ready to take the field in Las Vegas. (Twitter)
The Stars get ready to take the field in Las Vegas. (Twitter)

logo-masl-major-arena-socker-league-575x575.s600x600For much of the second quarter, it seemed like Las Vegas’ attacking game had finally slowed down to favor Tacoma. But in the same token, the Stars couldn’t get their own offense going, seemingly indicating that the first half would end in a three goal difference. That was the case until there was 1:16 left in the opening half. In the final 76 seconds of the quarter, Las Vegas doubled their lead from three goals to six, as Ivan Simental was able to complete his brace just seven seconds before the end of the second quarter to put his team up 6-0 over the Stars at the halftime break.

Las Vegas’ play only improved in the third quarter, as the home side added five more goals to their night. Ricardo Sobreira scored two of the Legends’ three third quarter power play goals while Christian Segura also completed his brace. Tacoma was finally able to get on the board with just minutes left in the quarter thanks to an unassisted goal from Derek Johnson. But with an 11-1 lead through three quarters, victory seemed like nothing but a certainty for the Legends.

The Stars’ Danny Minniti was able to grind out one more goal for Tacoma. But the goal would be remembered as a non-factor, as Las Vegas beat Tacoma for the second time in five days and have outscored them 25-5 in the process. This result keeps the Legends’ playoff hopes more than alive and adds to a so far winless campaign in the MASL on Tacoma’s part.

Head coach Darren Sawatzky gives instruction between quarters in Las Vegas. (Twitter)
Head coach Darren Sawatzky gives instruction between quarters in Las Vegas. (Twitter)

Tonight, the Stars will travel just over 300 miles southwest to San Diego, where they will face the Pacific Division-leading Sockers in the Valley View Casino Center tomorrow night. Tacoma dropped their first MASL game to San Diego back on January 16th and would love to be the first team that can knock off the Pacific Division heavyweights in their home arena this season! Kickoff for this match is set for 7:05 PT and will be streaming live on golivesportscast.com.

A different group of Stars will be in Bellingham Saturday night completing the WISL season schedule. The Stars are 7-0-0 in that league with a chance to end undefeated against the Hammers of Bellingham United.

Following the Tacoma Stars: Fans can stay up to date on the latest activities and announcements for the Stars by following on Twitter (@TacomaStarsSC), Facebook (www.facebook.com/tacomastars) or online at www.tacomastars.com.

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