2012–13 Tacoma Stars season

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Tacoma Stars
Tacoma Stars.jpg
2012–13 PASL season
Chairman Marian Bowers
Head Coach Joe Waters
Arena Pacific Sports Center
Tacoma, Washington
PASL 3rd, Pacific
US Open Cup Quarter-Finals
Highest home attendance 600
(February 2, 2013)
vs Toros Mexico
Lowest home attendance 136
(November 18, 2012)
vs Turlock Express
Average home league attendance 314 (over 8 home games)[1]

The 2012–13 Tacoma Stars season was the third season of the Tacoma Stars professional indoor soccer club as a franchise in the Professional Arena Soccer League. The Stars, a Pacific Division team, played their home games in the new Pacific Sports Center in Tacoma, Washington. The team was led by head coach Joe Waters.[2][3]

Season summary[edit]

The team had mixed results in the regular season, finishing 8–8, including the forfeit of their final scheduled game against the Sacramento Surge. The team struggled on the road with 6 of their 8 wins coming at home. Still, the Stars placed third in the PASL's five-team Pacific Division and only narrowly failed to qualify for the postseason.

The Stars participated in the 2012–13 United States Open Cup for Arena Soccer. They received a bye in the Wild Card round and defeated the Oregon Blacktails of the Premier Arena Soccer League in the Round of 16 before losing to the Las Vegas Legends in the Quarter-Finals, ending their tournament run.[4]

Off-field moves[edit]

Between the 2011–12 and 2012–13 seasons, Tacoma Stars team owner Marian Bowers completed construction on a new 52,000 square feet (4,800 m2) multi-sport facility on Tacoma's south side to replace the team's former home, the Tacoma Soccer Center. The Pacific Sports Center seats up to 1,200 spectators, includes 200 parking spaces, and cost approximately $4.2 million to construct.[5] The April 2012 grand opening included free soccer clinics, appearances by Tacoma Stars players, and an "official first kick" by Joe Lonergan, then Deputy Mayor of Tacoma.[6]

On January 19, 2013, the Stars announced a partnership with the local Special Olympics organization. The team hosted a match between the Sounders Special Olympics Unity team and the Tacoma Stars Special Olympics Unity team during halftime of the January 20, 2013, game as part of the Special Olympics Unified Sports campaign.[7]

The Stars were originally scheduled to visit the Turlock Express on both January 25 and February 15, 2013. To reduce travel costs, the latter game was moved up to January 25 to form a doubleheader.[8][9]

Before the start of the 2013–14 PASL season, the Tacoma franchise announced that it was putting itself on hiatus for at least one season and would return to the Premier Arena Soccer League as the Tacoma Galaxy.

Roster moves[edit]

In early September 2012, the Tacoma Stars signed veteran coach Joe Waters for the 2012–13 season. Waters played 8 seasons for the original Tacoma Stars in the 1980s and early 1990s.[10]

The Stars held open tryouts on September 28 and 29, 2012, at the Pacific Sports Center.[2]

Schedule[edit]

      Win       Tie       Loss       No Game

Regular season[edit]

Game Day Date Kickoff Opponent Results Location[11] Attendance
Final Score Record
1 Saturday November 17 7:35pm Turlock Express W 9–8 (OT)[12] 1–0 Pacific Sports Center 478[13]
2 Sunday November 18 2:05pm Turlock Express L 10–15 1–1 Pacific Sports Center 136[14]
3 Saturday December 1 7:35pm San Diego Sockers L 5–15[15] 1–2 Pacific Sports Center 200[16]
4 Saturday December 8 7:35pm Sacramento Surge W 13–2 2–2 Pacific Sports Center 313[17]
5 Sunday December 9 11:00am Sacramento Surge W 12–5[18] 3–2 Pacific Sports Center 287[19]
6 Saturday December 15 7:05pm at San Diego Sockers L 4–14[20] 3–3 Valley View Casino Center 2,586[21]
7 Sunday December 16 3:00pm at Toros Mexico L 3–15 3–4 Unisantos Park 100[22]
8 Friday January 4 6:00pm at Las Vegas Legends L 6–15 3–5 Las Vegas Sports Park[23] 620[4]
9 Saturday January 5 7:00pm at Anaheim Bolts L 7–8[24][25] 3–6 Anaheim Convention Center[26] 819[27]
10 Saturday January 19 7:35pm Anaheim Bolts W 12–9[28] 4–6 Pacific Sports Center[29] 350[30]
11 Sunday January 20 2:05pm Anaheim Bolts W 9–7 5–6 Pacific Sports Center[7] 150[31]
12 Friday January 25 3:30pm at Turlock Express W 6–4 6–6 Turlock Soccer Complex 100[8]
13 Friday January 25 7:00pm at Turlock Express L 5–9 6–7 Turlock Soccer Complex 350[9]
14 Saturday January 26 7:30pm at Sacramento Surge W 9–5 7–7 Off the Wall Soccer Arena 315[32]
15 Saturday February 2 7:35pm Toros Mexico W 6–5 8–7 Pacific Soccer Center 600[33]
16 Saturday February 16 7:30pm at Sacramento Surge FORFEIT 8–8 Off the Wall Soccer Arena N/A

2012–13 US Open Cup for Arena Soccer[edit]

Game Date Kickoff Opponent Results Location Attendance
Final Score Record
Wild Card BYE
Round of 16 December 2 7:00pm Oregon Blacktails
(PASL-Premier)
W 12–2[34] 1–0 Pacific Sports Center  ?
Quarter-Finals January 4 7:00pm at Las Vegas Legends L 6–15 1–1 Las Vegas Sports Park 620[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "League Attendance". Professional Arena Soccer League. Retrieved February 4, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Sportswatch: Tacoma Stars Tryouts". Tacoma Weekly (Tacoma, WA: Pierce County Community Newspaper Group). September 19, 2012. Retrieved January 20, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Tacoma Stars Tab Veteran Joey Waters as Head Coach". Our Sports Central. September 13, 2012. Retrieved November 18, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c "Box Score: Las Vegas Sports Park - Fri, Jan 04, 2013". Professional Arena Soccer League. January 4, 2013. Retrieved January 4, 2013. 
  5. ^ Dunkelberger, Steve (December 22, 2011). "New sports center set to open this Spring". Tacoma Weekly (Tacoma, WA). Retrieved December 4, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Lonergan to kick-off Pacific Sports Center". Tacoma Weekly (Tacoma, WA). April 25, 2012. Retrieved December 4, 2012. 
  7. ^ a b "Stars Return Home, Partner with Special Olympics". Our Sports Central. January 19, 2013. Retrieved January 20, 2013. 
  8. ^ a b "Box Score: Turlock Indoor Soccer - Fri, Jan 25, 2013". Professional Arena Soccer League. January 25, 2013. Retrieved January 25, 2013. 
  9. ^ a b "Box Score: Turlock Indoor Soccer - Fri, Jan 25, 2013". Professional Arena Soccer League. January 25, 2013. Retrieved February 2, 2013. 
  10. ^ Ruiz, Don (December 16, 2012). "Waters back in touch with Tacoma Stars roots". The News Tribune (Tacoma, WA). Retrieved December 16, 2012. 
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  12. ^ "Tacoma Stars win home opener on Lee’s overtime goal". GoalWA.net. November 17, 2012. Retrieved January 24, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Box Score: Pacific Sports Center - Sat, Nov 17, 2012". Professional Arena Soccer League. November 17, 2012. Retrieved November 18, 2012. 
  14. ^ "Box Score: Pacific Sports Center - Sun, Nov 18, 2012". Professional Arena Soccer League. November 18, 2012. Retrieved November 18, 2012. 
  15. ^ "Chiles' Torrid Tear Continues, Sockers Beat Tacoma 15-5 for 42nd Straight". Our Sports Central. December 1, 2012. Retrieved December 2, 2012. 
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  17. ^ "Box Score: Pacific Sports Center - Sat, Dec 08, 2012". Professional Arena Soccer League. December 8, 2012. Retrieved December 10, 2012. 
  18. ^ Tsoi, Wilson (December 10, 2012). "Picture Perfect: Wilson Tsoi shoots some ‘Star Power’". GoalWA.net. Retrieved January 27, 2013. 
  19. ^ "Box Score: Pacific Sports Center - Sun, Dec 09, 2012". Professional Arena Soccer League. December 9, 2012. Retrieved December 10, 2012. 
  20. ^ "Hamilton was 'upset' with waiting game". U-T San Diego (San Diego, CA). December 16, 2012. Retrieved December 17, 2012. 
  21. ^ "Box Score: Valley View Casino Arena - Sat, Dec 15, 2012". Professional Arena Soccer League. December 15, 2012. Retrieved December 15, 2012. 
  22. ^ "Box Score: Unisantos Sports Park - Sun, Dec 16, 2012". Professional Arena Soccer League. December 16, 2012. Retrieved December 16, 2012. 
  23. ^ "Games Rescheduled: Las Vegas Legends Announce Holiday Venue Change, Prepare to Play Top PASL Teams in January" (Press release). Las Vegas Legends. December 21, 2012. Retrieved December 29, 2012. 
  24. ^ "Bolts Edge out Crucial 8-7 Home Win over Tacoma". Our Sports Central. January 6, 2013. Retrieved January 12, 2013. 
  25. ^ "Sports Week: Ducks back? Argos-Lobos". The Garden Grove Journal (Garden Grove, CA). January 10, 2013. Retrieved February 7, 2013. 
  26. ^ "Anaheim Faces Next Must-Win Match against Tacoma". Our Sports Central. January 5, 2013. Retrieved January 5, 2013. 
  27. ^ "Box Score: Anaheim Convention - Sat, Jan 05, 2013". Professional Arena Soccer League. January 5, 2013. Retrieved January 5, 2013. 
  28. ^ "Short-Handed Anaheim Falls 12-9 at Tacoma". Our Sports Central. January 20, 2013. Retrieved January 20, 2013. 
  29. ^ "Red-Hot Bolts Face Crucial Road Swing". Our Sports Central. January 18, 2013. Retrieved January 18, 2013. 
  30. ^ "Box Score: Pacific Sports Center - Sat, Jan 19, 2013". Professional Arena Soccer League. January 19, 2013. Retrieved January 20, 2013. 
  31. ^ "Box Score: Pacific Sports Center - Sun, Jan 20, 2013". Professional Arena Soccer League. January 20, 2013. Retrieved January 20, 2013. 
  32. ^ "Box Score: Off The Wall Indoor Soccer - Sat, Jan 26, 2013". Professional Arena Soccer League. January 26, 2013. Retrieved January 26, 2013. 
  33. ^ "Box Score: Pacific Sports Center - Sat, Feb 02, 2013". Professional Arena Soccer League. February 2, 2013. Retrieved February 2, 2013. 
  34. ^ "Tacoma Stars advance in US Open for Arena Soccer". GoalWA.net. December 3, 2012. Retrieved December 30, 2012. 

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