The Tacoma Tide beat Washington Crossfire, 1-0, tonight at Curtis High School.
I went, got there a little late, and missed what turned out to be the only goal in the Tide's 1-0 win.
However, I enjoyed the 85 minutes or so that I got to see. Fairly rough game, but it had a nice flow and some good chances. Tide keeper Spencer Richey made two of the nicest saves I've seen in a while, including one in stoppage time.
The Tide is back at home Sunday afternoon against Victoria.
Here's a report from the club:
Tacoma Tide 1 - 0 WA Crossfire
Keeper Spencer Richey, Tide FC Blank Crossfire at Home
TacomaFC.com - When Tacoma goalkeeper Spencer Richey saw his former team on the schedule, he was quick to make a statement.
“I requested this one,” said Richey.
And when Tacoma needed the former U.S. National Team U-17 netminder the most, he delivered, ensuring a 1:0 victory against the Washington Crossfire in the 91st minute.
“The ball was played in, guy had a point-blank shot from like four yards out, five yards out maybe and [Richey] makes a great save and puts it around the post,” said Tide FC head coach Gerry Gray. “What can you say? The kid was brilliant tonight.”
“When I saw the ball pop out I just tried to gain as much ground as I could and stay big and luckily he hit it off me,” said Richey.
Getting Tacoma out in front was forward Brandon Blanks. Taking a ball flicked on in the box in the fight minute by Brayton Knapp, Blanks capitalized on a little separation, burying a low line drive in the back left of Washington’s goal.