The Tacoma Stars Reserves pulled off an undefeated season, running rampant over the Western Indoor Soccer League during the regular season, culminating with an exciting, down to the wire championship win over Bellingham United. Almost that entire squad returns and expectations for the Stars Reserves are as high as ever with a repeat on their minds.
“I’d say this is our most experienced group yet,” said Stars Reserves head coach Adam Becker. “The core of the team has now played for the last two years and has a very good understanding of what we are trying to accomplish.”
Last season, the Stars Reserves scored a ridiculous 94 goals and allowed just 28 goals for a staggering +66 goal differential. Their goal differential was significantly more than the goals scored by three WISL teams.
JJ Schmeck, their leading goal scorer from last season, returns along with all three of their first team all-WISL performers, Micah Wenzel, Danny Minniti, and goalkeeper Mike Arguello. According to Becker, the “older group” is looking fit, focused and very determined.
The only major losses from last season are Tyler John and Beau Macaluso, and it is entirely possible that a few players will be pulled away by the Major Arena Soccer League’s Tacoma Stars now that the cooperation between the two teams has increased. But the Stars Reserves added long time Oly-Pen defender Ismael “Izzy” De Luna and welcomed Evan Denmark back to the team. Depth will not be a problem.
The Stars Reserves are poised to challenge for a repeat but know that the WISL season can be a grind and Bellingham will be gunning to get back on top.
“We will approach each game one at a time, continued Becker. “With a positive mindset and focusing on ourselves we will limit challenges.”
The Stars Reserves kick off their WISL campaign Saturday night when they host the Snohomish Skyhawks. Kick off at the Tacoma Soccer Center is at 8:00 PM.