Stars come up short in San Diego; Donovan makes MASL debut

  • Saturday, February 16, 2019 10:51am
  • Sports

A crowd of 8,492 fans packed Pachanga Arena in San Diego on Friday night, anticipating Landon Donovan’s first goal in a Sockers uniform.

Donovan, a former Major League Soccer and U.S. national team star who joined the Sockers this season, assisted on Brandon Escoto’s goal in the second quarter en route to San Diego’s 6-4 Major Arena Soccer League victory over the Kent-based Stars.

The Pacific Division-leading Sockers improved to 13-1. The Stars dropped to 6-7.

Brian Farber opened the scoring for the Sockers in the first quarter on one of Taylor Walter Bond’s two assists on the night with 7:18 remaining in the first quarter.

Philip Lund’s 12th goal of the season for the Stars – on an assist from Derek Johnson – evened the match for the final time with 3:40 left in the quarter.

The second quarter belonged to San Diego. Four unanswered goals from Cesar Cerda, Juan Gonzalez, Guerrero Pino and Escoto gave the Sockers a 5-1 lead at the break. Escoto’s goal came 13 seconds into a power play when the Stars leading scorer, Nick Perera, picked up a blue card after receiving his fourth foul of the half.

The Stars sped up the pace to open the second half, and Lund found Perera for his 16th goal of the season with 5:54 left in the third. Travis Pittman knocked in San Diego’s only goal of the half to give the Sockers a 6-2 lead with 2:22 on the clock. Alex Megson assisted on Perera’s second goal of the night, and the Stars trailed 6-3 with one quarter left to play.

The Stars’ Troy Peterson sailed home an unassisted goal, his second of the year, with 12:17 left in the fourth, but that would be all the scoring in the game. Tacoma pulled goalkeeper Sanaldo with just over three minutes left, but the Sockers were able to hold the lead for the win.

The Stars host the Sockers on Sunday at the accesso ShoWare Center. Kickoff is 5:05 p.m. For tickets, call 1-844-782-7784 or go to tacomastars.com.

Notes: Sunday is BECU. Military Night vs. the Sockers. The Stars will wear special kits that will be auctioned off during the match. … The Stars have two bobblehead nights on the calendar presented by Sound Credit Union – Friday, March 1 is Preki Bobblehead Night and Sunday, March 10 is Danny Waltman Bobblehead. Purchase a six-game pack or buy a group of 10 or more tickets and one or both collectibles can be yours.

Scoring Summary

1st quarter – SD Farber (Bond) 7:42; TAC Lund (Johnson) 11:20; Penalties – none.

2nd quarter – SD Cerda (Pino) 3:39; SD Gonzalez (Bond) 6:35; SD Pino (Pardo) 9:36; SD Escoto (Donovan) 12:36 PP; Penalties – TAC Perera blue card (4 fouls in a half) 12:23.

3rd quarter – TAC Perera (Lund) 9:06; SD Pittman (Contreras) 12:38; TAC Perera (Megson) 13:06; Penalties – none.

4th quarter – TAC Peterson (unassisted) 2:43; Penalties – TAC Da Silva blue card (tripping) 6:38; SD Pardo yellow card (dissent) served by Farber 6:38

Attendance – 8,492


Talk to us

Please share your story tips by emailing editor@kentreporter.com.

To share your opinion for publication, submit a letter through our website https://www.kentreporter.com/submit-letter/. Include your name, address and daytime phone number. (We’ll only publish your name and hometown.) Please keep letters to 300 words or less.

More in Sports

Dion Earl/File Photo
Former Kent pro soccer team owner sentenced for tax fraud

Dion Earl receives another year in prison in addition to sexual assault sentences

Kentwood football. FILE PHOTO
Limited number of fans can attend Kent high school games

Change in policy that banned fans due to COVID-19 restrictions

Seattle Thunderbirds captains/assistant captains Henrik Rybinski, Keltie Jeri-Leon, Matthew Rempe and Tyrel Bauer. COURTESY PHOTO, Brian Liesse/Thunderbirds
T-Birds name captains for Western Hockey League season

Henrik Rybinski, Keltie Jeri-Leon, Matthew Rempe and Tyrel Bauer

Conner Roulette (34) returns for the shortened Seattle Thunderbirds season that begins Friday, March 19 against Spokane at the accesso ShoWare Center in Kent. COURTESY PHOTO, Brian Lieese, Thunderbirds
T-Birds players pumped to return to play at ShoWare Center in Kent

Western Hockey League opener set for March 19

Kentlake High players practice in preparation for playing Kentwood on Friday night, March 12. STEVE HUNTER, Kent Reporter
No fans to be allowed at NPSL, Kent high school games

COVID-19 protocol to keep spectators away; games to be livestreamed

Courtesy Photo, Brian Liesse/Seattle Thunderbirds
Four T-Birds games to be shown on television in March

Three against Portland, one against Spokane on JOEtv

t
High school football players prepare for showtime in Kent

After seven-month delay, teams hit the practice field

Lucas Ciona is expected to be one of the Seattle Thunderbirds players who will return to play in March at the accesso ShoWare Center in Kent. COURTESY PHOTO, Brian Liesse, T-Birds
T-Birds, city of Kent modify agreement so hockey can return to ShoWare Center

Portland Winterhawks also expected to play home games in Kent

Cade McNelly of the Seattle Thunderbirds in the 2019-2020 season. COURTESY FILE PHOTO, Brian Liesse, T-Birds
Seattle Thunderbirds to open hockey season against Spokane March 19 in Kent

No fans to be allowed at games; WHL offers streaming service

courtesy photo
Don McConnaughey
Longtime Highline College coach, athletic director dies at 90

Don McConnaughey was the ‘architect of the Highline College athletic department.’