Friday, May 23, 2008

Tide convict Outlaws, 5-0

A noisy crowd cheered the Tide in their rout of Ogden.

One of four second-half goal celebrations for TFC against Ogden on May 23rd.
(David Falk)

View Jenni Conner's match photo gallery

Tacoma Tide FC completely dominated the visiting Ogden Outlaws and turned a slim 1-0 halftime lead into an utter rout with four more goals in the second stanza.

With the 5-0 win the Tide remain hopeful of a US Open Cup qualifying spot (pdf file). The Yakima Reds lead that race going into tonight's final matches. The Reds held serve by beating the BYU Cougars 2-1 in Yakima. Now if Yakima can beat Ogden Saturday night then the Reds will get the USOC entry.

Tacoma must beat BYU Saturday night and hope that Ogden shows much more than they did at University Place and either beats or draws Yakima. If both of those things happen, then the Tide qualify. BYU is now in the same position as TFC, needing an Ogden result and a win in Tacoma.

"Best struck" goal of the night was from Beau Macaluso of UW in the 58th. A steal and break away by Machael David of Gig Harbor and a nice diagonal ball in front to Beau that he hammered home just to the right of the penalty area arc. Some how Macaluso now has a very vocal latina following. After the match they were um, very appreciative of Beau at the autograph table!

Tacoma goal roll call:
TAC: Agu (Maxwell) 43
TAC: Knapp 54
TAC: Macaluso (David) 58
TAC: Agu (Macaluso) 64
TAC: Fadida 77

Club match report
League match stats

We'll have a match photo gallery up sometime this weekend.

Here's a fan gallery from the big win.

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