Tacoma Stars Week 7 Game Previews
TACOMA, WA - The Tacoma Stars (4-3) return to the accesso ShoWare Center following a four-game road trip which saw the team go 2-2 in that span. The team will face the Monterrey Flash (3-1) Friday night at 7:35 pm in the teams' only meeting during the 2018-19 Major Arena Soccer League (MASL) season. Pacific Division foe Ontario Fury (6-3) will make their second trip to the home of the Stars on Saturday with a 7:05 pm kickoff.
Monterrey, whose only loss this season was a 7-6 defeat to the San Diego Sockers on December 28 in overtime, comes into the match following an 8-2 beating of the Dallas Sidekicks last weekend at home. The Flash are led offensively by Miguel Vaca's nine points (5G-4A). Franck Tayou is tied for the team lead in goals scored with five. In goal, it is Diego Reynoso and his 4.10 GAA and .724 save percentage which are among the MASL's best. Monterrey is currently in first place in MASL's Southwest Division.
Ontario, a game behind San Diego and a game ahead of the Stars in the Pacific Division, will be Tacoma's opponent for the third time this season. The teams traded 6-3 road wins in their first two matchups. Going into Friday's games, Ontario's +21 goal differential is second only to the Milwaukee Wave's +26 this season.
Helping the Fury in the goal differential category are league leader Adrien Perez with 13 and Juan Carlos Gonzalez and his 11 goals, good for third best in the MASL. Perez also tops the league with his 3.2 points-per-game average. The other Fury player in double digits for points scored this season is Francisco Cordeiro with 11 (5G-6A). The Fury's last action before this weekend came on January 5 in a 3-2 road loss to San Diego.
For the Stars, it is player-coach Nick Perera and his 19 points (9G-10A) which tops the team and is second best in the MASL. Michael Ramos (10 points) and Philip Lund (9 points) round out Tacoma's top three scorers. In his seven games played, Adam West's seven goals, including two game-winners are second best on the squad.
Defensively, Troy Peterson's 11 blocked shots rank him second in the MASL in that category. In goal, Danny Waltman heads into the weekend with a 5.27 GAA and .660 save percentage.
The Stars return home Friday, January 11 against the Monterrey Flash. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:35 pm. Guarantee your seat to all the action by calling 1-844-STARS-84 or go to www.tacomastars.com.
Saturday January 12 is Tacoma Stars Teddy Bear Toss Night vs Ontario. Bring, or purchase your teddy bear at the accesso ShoWare Center and then when the Stars score their first goal of the game....let them fly on to the field! All stuffed animals collected will go to benefit Olive Crest and a big thank you to Spirit 105.3 FM for helping organize this great event!
There's still time to purchase 2018-2019 Season Tickets or a Legacy Membership with the Tacoma Stars. Guarantee your seat to all the action by calling 1-844-STARS-84, or emailing [email protected], or go to www.tacomastars.com.
Single game tickets to all Tacoma Stars home games are available. Head to tacomastars.showare.com to purchase your tickets.
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