The Tacoma Tide play their final match of the 2008 regular season on Saturday night. With a win at Curtis High School Stadium on July 19 at 7 pm, the Tide will run their home winning streak to 17 matches.
Saturday night‚Äôs match against the Yakima Reds is a crucial match. The Tide must win or tie in order to qualify for the Western Conference Playoffs for the 2nd season in a row. The Tide is currently tied for 1st place in a tight race for the Northwest Division. The top two teams in the division will make the playoffs.
The Tide have had great fan support all season long. Surf Dude and company are calling for one more night of Tide fans to show up in record numbers to help get this ALL-IMPORTANT victory!
The Tide will also have a special fan appreciation carnival going on before the game. Come early (6 pm) to the match to enjoy inflatable fun and even a dunk tank!
Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for adults. Check out www.TacomaFC.com for more information on group deals, directions, and more.
Tide win (4-3) over Cascade Surge, July 12
Fans in Salem, Oregon were treated to their money‚Äôs worth Saturday night. The match was certainly not for someone with high blood pressure or an aversion to excitement. With two results in the final two matches, the Tide will clinch a playoff spot. A big match looms on July 19 against the Yakima Reds (see above), but the first leg of the job came on the 12.
The Tide were punched in the gut just 30 seconds into the Cascade Surge‚Äôs last home match. A shot partially saved by goalkeeper, Jordan Jennings, ended in a scuffle at the back post eventually nudged home despite Tucker Maxwell‚Äôs best efforts to clear it off the line. The Tide were faced with a task, and they took to it quickly. Rory Agu was constantly getting behind the defense on the night with nice through balls being placed on the end of his runs. The first goal came from similar action which ended up on a lay-off to Chase Tangney running underneath Agu. The ball bounced near the penalty spot and Tangney crushed it into the net. Moments after the first Tacoma goal, a hand ball in the box yielded a PK for the Tide. Ruben Orozco did well to send the keeper to the left, but his shot to the right was too wide. The miss could have sent momentum back toward Cascade, but the determined Tide didn‚Äôt allow it. The Tide saw two more goals, putting them up 3-1 going into halftime. Spencer Schomaker, back from a hip flexor injury with a definite impact, and two goals to his name.
The second half could have been cruise control… it was not. Cascade brought back two notches to equal things up at 3 a piece. Less than 10 minutes from time, Rory Agu put together a magnificent individual effort. The ball was switched to him on the right side about 40 yards out. Agu beat the defender and drilled in a near post shot that tucked in between the keeper and his upright. The score was 4-3, and the 3 points were gratifying.