Sunday, February 17, 2008

Seattle catches up to the Stars

Leighton O'Brien (in white) is chased by Tacoma's Travis Pettibon.
See more photos from Jenni Conner here.

History repeated itself on February 16th inside the Tacoma Soccer Center, and it was a flashback the Tacoma Stars would rather forget. Leading 8-2 in the third quarter the Stars unraveled and eventually drew 10-10 with the Seattle Wolves. Tacoma had also blown a lead in Seattle on January 12th in a match they eventually lost that night 18-16.

Nate Ford did his best for the Stars with a hat trick, and the Stars goalkeeper (couldn't find his name) saved two penalty kicks. It wasn't enough for a much-needed Tacoma win. The Stars now need help to make the top four in the division and the playoffs.

Seattle's tying goal was a penalty retake.

The first pk was saved, but a retake was ordered as Stars players were said to have moved during the try. The retake was good, drawing the match level 10-10.

At the death Seattle was denied a victory when the ball came free in the Tacoma area, only to be smothered by the Stars 'keeper as time expired.

Seattle is now 5-2-1 on the season with 17 points and remains in first place. Tacoma is 3-2-3 with 11 points and temporarily moves into 4th place pending the outcome of today's Wenatchee-Bellingham match in Wenatchee.

Around 200 fans attended the PASL Northwest Division contest.

PASL Website photos from the match

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