KENT, WA— The Tacoma Stars return to the accesso ShoWare Center on Friday, November 17 to take on the Turlock Express. The Stars knocked off the Express, 7-3, behind a Philip Lund hat trick in Turlock on Friday night for their first win of the season. First kick on Friday night in Kent is set for 7:35 PM.
The Stars enter Friday’s game at 1-2 this season, coming off a weekend split in California. They started their road trip by scoring six goals in the second quarter to top the Express and then kept things close against the San Diego Sockers through three quarters before falling 8-3 on Sunday afternoon. Alex Megson scored the game tying goal on a bicycle kick with four seconds left before the Stars fell in overtime to open the season on October 27th at the accesso ShoWare Center.
Tacoma native Joey Gjertsen leads the Stars with five points (3 goals, 2 assists) through the first three games while Philip Lund scored four times on the road trip and now leads the team in goals. Gig Harbor’s Danny Waltman continued his streak of starts and now sits at 45 straight games in goal for Tacoma. He currently sits fifth in the league with a 5.13 goals against average and earned an honorable mention for the MASL Team of the Week.
The Turlock Express are 0-3 this season with a 6-5 overtime loss to the Syracuse Silver Knights, a 12-6 loss to the Ontario Fury, and their 7-3 loss to the Stars. Ivan Campos leads the Express with five points (4 goals, 1 assist) and Jorge Carmona, Jose Barajas and Manny Villegas each have three points.
Three goalkeepers have taken the field for the Express with veteran Edgar Martinez leading the team with 126 minutes played and 36 saves. Santos Arteaga played the second half against the Stars and did not allow a goal in 27 minutes.
The Stars are 4-1 overall and are 2-0 at home against the Express since the 2015-2016 season.
It’s 2-for-1 Beer Night at the accesso ShoWare Center on Friday night. Tickets are available by calling 1-844-STARS-84 or visiting the Stars online at http://www.tacomastars.com.
Fans unable to attend the game can watch a live stream on MASL.tv and follow live stats at maslsoccer.com. Stay up to date with the Stars by following them on Twitter (@TacomaStarsSC) or liking the team on Facebook (FB.com/TacomaStars).