TACOMA, WA — The Tacoma Soccer Center has seen countless matches over the years, but there is something special about a Championship match. This Saturday February 14 at 7:30 PM the Western Indoor Soccer League (WISL) sends out a valentine to cap off its first season of play with a battle between the two sides with the best records all year long, the Tacoma Stars and Bellingham United. Tickets to the historic occasion are $10 for adults, $5 for military and seniors, $5 for kids ages 5-12, and free for kids under five years of age. Tickets are available online at TacomaStars.com. Sell-out capacity for the match is 700 fans.
The Tacoma Stars finished their WISL regular season with an 8-0-0 record and advanced to the Championship match with a 10-5 win over the Oly Town Artesians last weekend in the semifinals. The Hammers of Bellingham United finished 5-2-1 before outlasting the Wenatchee Fire 8-6 in the other semifinal. The two clubs played twice this year with the Stars winning 4-3 in Tacoma back in November and 9-7 in Bellingham in January.
The strength of both squads is their roster depth and available talent across positions. These are the top two offenses in the WISL, with the Stars knocking them in at a rate of 8.4 per match. The Hammers scored 7.4 goals per game in the regular season. Tacoma has break-out leading scorer Derek Johnson, and other offensive firepower in Kyle Danielson, Joey Gjertsen and Nate Ford, among others. Bellingham can light the nets on fire with Kellan Brown, Brendan Quilici, Oscar Jiminez and Nick Cashmere alongside a deep attackers battalion. On defense both sides have solid team play. The Stars and Hammers ranked at the top of the WISL for keeping out goals. Tacoma gave up an average of just 3.1 goals per match in the regular season. Bellingham gave up an average of 5.9.
The Western Indoor Soccer League was launched back in the late summer of 2014 to provide local clubs and fans with a league they could have a voice in, be proud of, and help build. It’s “Championship Week” and we’ve got a classic match-up at a historic venue. It’s time for “Guts & Glory” on both sides of the pitch. It’s time for black and white to challenge orange and blue. It’s time for big plays on the big stage. It’s time for one club to make history and raise a trophy.