Ambush Drop Match to Tacoma

by Jim Fossell

Kent, WA -- (February 12, 2017) – The Tacoma Stars defeated the St. Louis Ambush 9-5 Sunday afternoon at the ShoWare Center in Kent, Washington. The victory improved Tacoma’s record to 10-7, while the Ambush dropped to 1-18.

The Stars got off to a 4-1 lead in the first quarter, thanks to goals from Joseph Cairel, Micheal Ramos, Raphael Cox and Chase Hanson. The lone goal for the Ambush came from Richard Schmermund. By halftime, Tacoma had incresed their three-goal lead to four on second quarter tallies from Cairel, Dan Antoniuk and Evan McNeley. St. Louis got two goals from Victor France. The Stars enjoyed a 7-3 lead as the teams retired to the locker rooms for the halftime break.

The visitors attempted a comeback in the third period with goals by Lucas Almedia and Vadim Cojocov, but the home team followed with goals by Alex Megson and another by McNeley to make the score 9-5 stars at the end of the third quarter. Neither team managed to find the back of the net in the final period, resulting in a final score of 9-5 for the Stars at the final buzzer.

Ambush Head Coach Tony Glavin looked for positives in the loss. “We had a better second half than first,” Glavin said. “I thought we finished on a positive note, The guys came out and played hard. We just gave up too many goals in the first half. Overall I was please with the effort.”

Glavin also pointed to the rise of Ambush midfielder Victor France, who dealt with injuries the first part of the season, but has become a key part of the team’s offense in recent games. France had two goals in Sunday’s contest against Tacoma, and has had 10 goals in the month of February.

The Ambush close the book on the 2016-17 season when they host the Baltimore Blast on Sunday, February 26, 2017 at 3:05 p.m. at the Family Arena. The first 1,200 fans in attendance that day will receive a FREE Slobo Ilijevski bobblehead in honor of the late great legendary goalkeeper from the St. Louis Steamers, Storm and Ambush. The Slobo bobblehead promotion is sponsored by Rockwood Bank and MaddockHenson PC, in partnership with the St. Louis Steamers Soccer Club. The doors at the Family Arena open at 2:00 p.m. on February 26.

Fans can catch all Ambush games this season live on the MASLtv YouTube channel. Single game and group tickets are available for the February 26 game. For more information, call the Ambush office at 636-477-6363. Keep up to date with Ambush news by visiting the official website,, the team’s Facebook page and on Twitter and Instagram.