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Jul. 20, 2008 at 7:14am

Tacoma Tide Win First-Ever Division Title!

Big 6-2 victory over Yakima claims soccer crown

Top: Spencer Schomaker's header puts TFC up 2-1.
Middle: Celebration after the goal.
Bottom: Celebration after Ruben Orozco makes it 4-1 Tacoma.
(Jenni Conner)

Tacoma Tide FC scored 3-1 advantages over the Yakima Reds in both halves and crushed their cross-state rivals 6-2 at Curtis High School on July 19th.

In Utah the Ogden Outlaws upset the Vancouver Whitecaps Residency 1-0. TFC and Vancouver finished the season tied with identical 11-4-1 records and 34 standings points. The PDL standings tiebreaker rules list the first tie breaker as head-to-head points. Since Tacoma and Vancouver split their two matches this year (5-5 goals for and against) the next tie breaker was overall league goals for and against. The Tide win the Northwest Division crown, their first ever, by virtue of scoring 46 goals and giving up only 23 (+23) to Vancouver's 34-14 (+20).

It was a nervous initial eleven minutes for the Tide. Tacoma knew a draw or a victory would put them in the 2008 PDL playoffs. The Yakima Reds knew only a win over the Tide would put them in.

The Reds dominated the early part of the match and went up 1-0 on a goal by Garcia in the 11th after a hit post rebound gave him the ball for the tap-in.

The Tide seemed unsettled until the 16th when Dennis Sanchez flicked a ball into the Reds' box that was knocked in by Spencer Schomaker. Only two minutes later Schomaker headed the Tide into a permanent lead when he perfectly placed a ball off of a throw in from Tucker Maxwell. The Tide were rolling from then on out and had numerous chances on goal the rest of the first half.

The third goal, eventually the match winner, was scored by Ruben Orozco in the 31st. His blast into the far corner of the goal came off an assist from Schomaker.

Tacoma's 3-1 halftime lead gave them a bit of a cushion to play with. The second half looked to have far fewer fireworks until the 70th minute when Rafael Cox scored on an assist from Chase Tangney. By that time the Reds were playing with 10 men after Al Valencia was ejected for being the last defender behind the ball and tripping Tacoma's Rory Agu. Technically the lead official had the rule book in his favor, though the call seemed harsh.

There were still three goals left to tally and they all came in the 80th minute or later. Yakima drew to within 4-2 on Garcia's second score. Then Rory Agu (82nd, assist to Schomaker) and Schomaker (90th, assist to Brayton Knapp) completed the rout.

Schomaker ended up leading the Tide with the hat trick and two assists.

The nerves had turned to adrenalin, and the adrenalin had turned into the Tide's 18th straight match at home without a loss dating back to 2006.

500 fans celebrated the win with the club in the bright Tacoma evening sun. Afterwards hugs and applause greeted the guys as they left the pitch and later came out for autographs.

TFC will now wait until Sunday night's results to see if they will host a playoff match next weekend or travel.

Match recaps:
Tacoma Tide FC
News Tribune
TNT blog
USL stats page

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Jul. 19, 2008 at 8:15am

Big soccer match tonight in Tacoma

Tide v. Yakima Reds for final playoff spot!

Before the 2007 Tacoma-Yakima match.
(David Falk)

Tacoma Tide FC have earned their second straight 10-win season in the Premier Development League. In 2007 10 wins was enough to get the Tide into the playoffs. This year we'll have to wait until after tonight's 7:00 PM match with Yakima to know if that also holds true for 2008.

When the Yakima Reds take the pitch with the Tide tonight at Curtis High School they'll be facing a must-win situation if they hope to make the playoffs. If the Reds can win they'll knock Tacoma out by virtue of a season sweep of the Tide.

If Tacoma can draw or win, the boys in yellow will not only stretch their home undefeated string, but they'll make the playoffs and Yakima will be out.

Match previews in the Tacoma News Tribune and Tacoma Weekly.

Yellow and Red face off in last year's rivalry match.
(David Falk)
These two clubs have never really liked each other. The matches in Tacoma have always included cards of various colors, including red. Last season the Tide qualified for the playoffs with a few matches to spare. How did they do it? A 5-0 thrashing of the Reds.

This year Yakima has rebounded with a fine campaign and with some very big road wins. The Reds recently went up to BC and pulled off a sweep of Vancouver and Abbotsford.

Something's gotta give tonight. Will it be the Tide's long (18 matches and counting) home unbeaten streak, or will it be Yakima's chance to return to the playoffs?

The rivalry grows.

1. Vancouver Whitecaps Residency (34 points, 11-3-1)
2. Tacoma Tide FC (31 points, 10-4-1)
3. Yakima Reds (28 points, 9-5-1)

Vancouver at Ogden tonight
Yakima at Tacoma tonight

Coming to watch the Tide:
Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students, all general admission
Stadium food available
Free Parking
Directions to Curtis High School

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Jun. 21, 2008 at 7:32am

Tide top Spokane 3-1

20-minute rally lifts club to victory

It wasn't pretty, and it wasn't a full match's worth of effort by any stretch, but Tacoma Tide did manage enough energy over about 20 minutes at the start of the second half to pull out a 3-1 victory over the visiting Spokane Spiders June 20th at Curtis High School.

Tacome Tide FC have now gone 17 straight matches (including 15 league matches and two friendlies) without a defeat at home dating back to 2006.

It was 0-0 at halftime with Tacoma committing numerous turnovers in the midfield and not clicking up front. Spencer Schomaker was out with a hip pull, and will also miss Saturday's match in Salem against Cascade Surge. The Tide were also without head coach Fran O'Brien and GM Mike Jennings. Whatever the reason, TFC came out apathetic and unorganized.

Beau Macaluso barely misses a first-half header.

Fans got free yellow Tide shirts.

TFC's second goal is stuck in the net.

Tide celebrate Machael David's match-winner.
(David Falk)

Match photo gallery coming this weekend

Rory Agu brought the yellow-clad fans to their feet seconds after the second-half kick off when he blasted down the left sideline and rocketed a shot into the left corner to put TFC up 1-0.

Just a few minutes later a nifty flick in front of goal by midfielder Machael David made it 2-0.

The same stretch of improved play netted Tacoma's third goal on a low-ball roller struck by Raphael Cox after a clearance that began with a much-contested free kick award. Beau Macaluso had been tripped outside the box on the right side. Spokane's keeper and coach were complaining loudly about 'the cheating diver' (looked like a hack on his leg to me). Before you know it Cox gave them something more tangible to complain about. 3-0 to the Tide.

The match was a midfield muddle for much of the rest. There was drama when Tacoma surrendered their first goal in over 500 minutes of play, and even more when TFC's Taylor Mueller was red-carded late on and Spokane were awarded a penalty kick.

Back-up goalkeeper Max Walker had been put in a few minutes earlier (on this his 21st birthday). Max rose to the occasion and dove perfectly to his right, outstretched enough to stop the pk shot and preserve Tacoma's 3-1 scoreline.

Tacoma are now 8-2-1 on the season with 25 points and remain in first place in the PDL Northwest Division. Spokane falls to 2-8-1.

The Tide travel to Salem Saturday night to play the Cascade Surge at 7:35 PM.

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Jun. 18, 2008 at 3:04pm

Tide not very nice to our servicemen

What can you do? The boys beat'em 7-1

Daniel Fadida splits the Military defense.

Beau Macaluso watches the ball after a sprawl.
(David Falk photos)

View match photo gallery by David Falk

Jenni Conner's Military match photos are here

Tacoma Tide FC welcomed players and fans from local military bases to Curtis High School for a 'friendly' on Tuesday night June 17th. TFC scored early and late to produce a 7-1 victory over the guys from McChord and Fort Lewis.

It was a sunny but slightly windy night and the Tide wore yellow with blue shorts for the first time ever at home. Club mascot "Surf Dude" waved his new club flag (appropriately made out of a yellow and white-striped beach towel).

The Military guys have some game, but the Tide were too fit, fast and skilled for them to keep up with. Still, it was nice to get out for soccer on a Tuesday night in Tacoma and to meet some of the soccer fans connected with players on the Military team.

Tacoma hosts Spokane this Friday June 20 at 7:05 PM in their next league contest.

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Jun. 15, 2008 at 7:55pm

Tacoma Soccer Tuesday

Tide will host Military All Stars at 7:05 PM June 17th

Tacoma Tide FC are reaching out to the huge Tacoma-area Military community by playing an exhibition match against the best local players from nearby Military bases.

The match takes place this Tuesday night June 17 at 7:05 PM at Curtis High School.

From the Tribune:

An all-star team from McChord Air Force Base and Fort Lewis will run out against the semi-pro Tacoma Tide at 7 p.m. June 17, Curtis High School stadium.

Tide front office says they're hoping to get their club out there front and center in front of the many Army and Air Force soccer fans who may not know they're around.

"We know they've got a lot of guys who know the game from living in Europe, or otherwise have a real affinity for it," Tide communications director Jon Billings said.

Master Sgt. James Royston at McChord said a number of military players participate in the various adult leagues around the region, and a handful from the base have represented the Air Force in the in years past.

That said, keeping up with the Tide's mostly college-age aspiring pros will be a challenge. The Tide stands second in the Premier Development League's eight-team Northwest division, and play home games tonight and Saturday at Curtis.

Royston says he'll do some scouting.

"We won't be as young as the Tacoma Tide but we've got some experienced guys," Royston said. "We're hoping to give them a run."

Come welcome home the Tide from their weekend sweep in Utah and support Tacoma soccer!

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Jun. 15, 2008 at 6:30am

Sweet Sweep in Utah for Tide!

Tacoma edges BYU 1-0 to complete perfect road weekend

Spencer Schomaker (seen here at a recent home match) scored the winner in TFC's big victory at BYU on June 14th.
(David Falk)

Spencer Schomaker's goal off an assist from Machael David in the 35th minute was enough for the Tacoma Tide to beat the BYU Cougars 1-0 June 14th in Provo Utah.

The night before TFC had beaten the Ogden Outlaws by the same 1-0 scoreline.

The Tide's lone score came in the 35th minute when Machael David found Spencer Schomaker all alone streaking down the center of the field.

"Mike just played a great ball," Schomaker said. "I didn't do much."

After that, Schomaker said it was hang-on time.

"You're pretty much fighting for your life," he said. "(The Cougars) had all the momentum."

---Deseret News

Now in their third season, Tacoma set all kinds of club 'firsts' in the sweet sweep of the Utah clubs:

*first win in Ogden
*first win in Provo
*first-ever back-to back road wins on the same weekend

The two wins push the Tide higher in the Northwest Division table. Tacoma now stands at the top with a 7-2-1 record and 22 points.

The Yakima Reds continue to fade as they lost their 3rd straight one-goal road match 2-1 at Ogden. The Reds remain in second place with 16 points.

Vancouver Whitecaps Residency are in third place with 12 points after only five matches played.

Match reports:
Tacoma Tide FC
Deseret News

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Jun. 14, 2008 at 6:26am

Tide win first-ever match in Utah!

1-0 win at Ogden puts Tacoma in first place

Chase Tangney (yellow) helped TFC make history in Ogden last night.
(David Falk)

It took three years and five matches but Tacoma Tide FC have secured their first-ever win in the state of Utah after a hard-fought 1-0 victory in Ogden over the Outlaws.

The first road victory of 2008 moves Tacoma ahead of the pack and alone in first place in the PDL NW Division with 19 points and a 6-2-1 record. Yakima Reds lost 2-1 last night in BYU to fall to second place.

The Tide boarded their plane at Sea Tac Airport earlier in the day and then made their way to Ogden for the encounter. Earlier this season Tacoma had won a one-sided 5-0 gunfight at home over the Ogden outfit and were riding a 5-match unbeaten string built from their home dominance.

The match-winner came in the 63rd minute from forward Chase Tangney. Tangney continues his red-hot scoring pace after netting two against Vancouver last week. He now has the match-winning goals in two straight Tacoma matches.

The Outlaw Nation Blog has this report and promises photos later.

Tacoma out shot the home team 13-7 and earned more corner kicks 4-1. Daniel Scott, Machael David and Tucker Maxwell received yellow cards for TFC. The Outlaws' defender Alexander Bernier was ejected with a red card in the 88th minute.

Tacoma goes for more road points tonight as they move south to Provo to face the BYU Cougars. TFC have yet to ever earn a point at the Cougars' home den.

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Jun. 12, 2008 at 6:33am

Tacoma seeks Utah 'breakthrough'

Tide looking for first-ever win in Beehive State

Rory Agu and the Tide have been great at home, but have never won a match in the state of Utah.
(David Falk)

Tacoma Tide FC face a huge challenge this weekend as they travel to Utah to take on both Ogden and BYU.

How huge?

The Tide have never won a match in the state of Utah, going 0-4 in the last two years combined. To make the task seem even more difficult, the matches away in Utah have not been close, save one. In 2006 the Tide lost 3-0 at both clubs. Last year the Tide came close in Ogden, falling 3-2, but were embarrassed 6-0 at BYU. Combined that is a 15-2 goal deficit over two seasons.

While Yellow are red hot at home they have yet to show that they are a true PDL playoff contender by winning on the road this year. The Tide have had only two road tests so far in 2008, but they have failed them both, losing 5-2 in Spokane and 3-1 in Yakima.

If ever there was a year where you'd think Tacoma might break through in Utah, it's this one. TFC are getting on the plane south with plenty of momentum, and both Utah clubs are not off to very strong starts.

The Ogden Outlaws and Tide will tangle Friday night. The Outlaws are 2-2-2 with 8 points after six matches played. One of those losses was a 5-0 thumping in Tacoma on May 23rd. The Outlaw Nation blog will likely have more in the next day or so on the Tacoma visit.

A PDL club with a distinct advantage are the BYU Cougars. They had played many matches before other Northwest Division clubs even began practicing this spring. Usually that means BYU race off and win the division. In 2008 that hasn't happened yet. The Cougars can point to their 1-1 draw at Tacoma May 24th as one of their better results of the season. BYU is 2-3-1 on the year with only 7 standings points. The Tide and Cougars battle Saturday night in Provo.

Just like we learned a lot about the Tide last week in the big wins over Abottsford and Vancouver, we'll know more about whether these men are serious contenders after the weekend in Utah is done.

Will the Tide finally win a match in the Beehive State, or come home with more stings?

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Jun. 9, 2008 at 7:15am

Photos from a Puget Sound soccer weekend

Tide win twice, Sounders top Minnesota

www.GOALSeattle.com and www.GOALTacoma.com cameras were busy this weekend snapping shots at two Tacoma Tide matches as well as the Seattle Sounders home match against Minnesota. Photographers Jenni Conner, Ron Moran, Rick Morrison and myself (David Falk) did our best to capture another fun set of times around the 'Sound of Soccer.' Here is a photo choice from each gallery with a link to more. Thank you to all of our photographers! (You can submit your photos too. Just contact me at goalseattle@gmail.com).

Friday June 6th Tacoma-2 Abottsford-0
Tide-Mariners gallery by David Falk HERE.

Saturday June June 7th Tacoma-4 Vancouver-0
Tide-Whitecaps gallery by David Falk HERE.

Saturday June 7th Sounders-3 Minnesota-1
Sounders-Thunder gallery by Jenni Conner HERE.

Sounders-Thunder gallery by Ron Moran HERE.

Large Sounders-Thunder photos from Rick Morrison HERE.

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Jun. 8, 2008 at 9:33am

Tide win big over Vancouver, 4-0

Tacoma stretches home unbeaten streak to 15 matches

#6 Chase Tangney & #21 Spencer Schomaker each scored twice for TFC.

Tangney helps Jordan Jennings earn the shut-out.

It was a historic night in Tacoma June 7th as the Tide surfed over the Vancouver Whitecaps Residency (PDL) 4-0, handing the BC outfit their first-ever loss in only their fourth match played.

Chase Tangney scored the first and fourth goals for TFC while Spencer Schomaker got the middle two. It was already 3-0 Tacoma in the 23rd minute as the highly-touted Whitecaps lost control of the match at the feet of the pumped-up Tide.

The Tide club website recalls the opening goal this way:

The party began just 7 minutes into the match when a ball was half cleared by Vancouver. The flighted ball made it’s way to the edge of the penalty box where Chase Tangney met it with vigor. The right wing struck the ball on a clean volley with his left foot, and from there it was magical. The volley bent passed the Whitecaps keeper into the upper corner of the net. Tangney didn’t stop running until his entire team caught up to him in a mass celebration. It was the type of goal you’d like to see again and again from every angle possible.

Read the entire club match report here.

Vancouver had many good chances to get on the board but great work in goal by TFC's Jordan Jennings saved the day. The crossbar and post were helpful for Tacoma too, as were several defenders clearing balls off the line and maintaining the blank sheet in the back.

The Tide have now out-scored their opponents a whopping 20-1 at Curtis High School this season. Tacoma's record moves to 5-2-1 while the Whitecaps fall to 3-1-0.

The Tide's undefeated string at home is now at 15 matches over two seasons.

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