The Tacoma Stars snapped a three-game losing streak in convincing fashion with an 8-5 Major Arena Soccer League win over the Ontario Fury in front of 2,673 fans at the accesso ShoWare Center on Saturday night.
The Stars improved to 5-4 on the season. Ontario dropped to 6-5.
Ontario jumped on the Stars early on a Tony Walls goal just 44 seconds into the match. Cory Keitz leveled the game 1-1 on the first of Nick Perera’s five assists on the night to close with 11:45 left in the opening frame. Milan Ivanovic picked up his first goal as a Star unassisted with 8:52 on the clock. Dallin Cutler knocked the next goal in for Ontario, and the teams were tied 2-2 after one quarter.
The second quarter belonged to the Stars with three unanswered goals off the feet of Perera, Philip Lund and Cory Keitz. The Stars went into halftime with a 5-2 lead over the Fury.
Tacoma would build on that lead in the third with a Lund power play goal and Joey Gjersten’s fourth goal of the season. With the Stars up 7-2, Adrien Perez scored for Ontario to close out scoring in the third quarter.
Walls’ second goal of the match for the Fury cut Tacoma’s lead to 7-4 with 12:08 left in the game. Jamael Cox scored his sixth goal of the season on Perera’s fifth assist with 4:24 left to play. Perez added a goal for Ontario to finish scoring for the game.
The Stars continue their homestand on Friday, Jan. 18 against the Pacific Division-leading San Diego Sockers. Kickoff is 7:35 p.m.
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