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Tacoma Tide ends worst season with home draw

Here's a report from the club:

Tacoma Tide FC concluded their 2011 United Soccer Leagues PDL Northwest Division season on Friday July 22 at Curtis High School in Tacoma with a 2:2 draw against Washington Crossfire.

The Tide took the lead in the 34th minute when Crossfire's Michael Harris redirected the ball into his own net for an own goal. It was 2:0 Tacoma in the 64th on a strike from Cam Vickers, assisted by Chase Tangney.

Crossfire rallied back in the 74th on a goal from Murphy Campbell. Late on the visitors equalized when one-time Tacoma player Colin Rigby scored in the 86th minute. Tacoma ended their season with back to back home draws.

It was a difficult year for the Tide, enduring injuries, a rapid-fire schedule, a change of stadiums mid season, and a good old fashioned streak of poor luck. It all has added up to the worst record in the club's six seasons, a last place finish on just one win, ten losses, and five draws. Tacoma scored 21 goals on the season while giving up a league high 49.

Daniel Gray and Chris Sanders led the club in goals with five each. 28 players saw action in PDL matches for the Tide in 2011. Gray, Brandon Henry and Cam Vickers all played over 1,000 minutes during the campaign.

Tacoma, normally a powerhouse at home, failed to win a single match all season in front of the home folks, losing seven and drawing three over eight league matches and two exhibitions. The Tide averaged 129 fans per match over the club's ten home contests played between Stadium Bowl and Curtis High School.

Preview: a disappointing season

However, it's lots of Puget Sound-area guys playing at a high level in what appears to be near-perfect weather to watch a match.

Here's a release from the club:

Tacoma Tide FC conclude their 2011 United Soccer Leagues PDL campaign tonight at Curtis High School at 7 PM against Washington Crossfire. A quick look at the visitor's roster shows that Washington's player base is full of former Tide guys.

Facing off against this year's Tacoma FC club will be former Tide players Brayton Knapp, John Fishbaugher, Vlad Voin, Taylor Mueller, Mark Conrad and Colin Rigby, all listed on the 2011Crossfire PDL roster.

Most-recently Tacoma played to a 4:2 loss to Port Vale FC of England on Sunday in University Place.

Crossfire are coming off of a 4:1 win over defending PDL National Champions Portland Timbers U23's on Sunday in Redmond. The win knocked the Timbers out of playoff contention.

The 2011 PDL Northwest Division race sees the Kitsap Pumas finishing first while the second place position and a playoff spot remain up for grabs between Vancouver and Victoria. Tacoma Tide FC, sitting on one win for over six weeks, will finish in last place for the first time in the club's six-year history.

Western Washington Vikings forward Kellan Brown has scored in three consecutive matches for the Tide.

Tickets, $10 for adults and $5 for youth are available at the gate.

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