Tacoma 10, San Diego 1
TACOMA, Wash. (AP) _ Billy Crook notched the first three-goal hat trick of his Major Soccer League career Saturday night as the Tacoma Stars beat the San Diego Sockers 10-1.
The nine-goal margin of defeat was a record for San Diego. The Stars were rebounding from an 11-2 loss Thursday at San Diego. That margin equalled a Stars previous defeat record.
The three-time defending MSL champion Sockers (32-17) played without standout goalkeeper Victor Noguiera, midfielder Branko Segota and forward Wes Wade, who were given a rest. The Sockers meet St. Louis (29-19) at home Sunday, and could clinch the West Division title.
The Stars (24-25) have clinched the third and final West Division playoff berth.
In the first quarter, Tacoma’s Mark Karpun scored at 6:36 and 13:57, the first on a rebound of Willie Molano’s shot and the second as Steve Kinsey split the defense.
Molano rebounded his own shot for a third Tacoma goal at 7:41 of the second period. Paul Dougherty got San Diego’s only score at 11:09, but Kinsey got a goal of his own on a rebound at 12:22.
The Stars scored twice early in the third period. Walter Schmetzer got the first at 2:47 and Crook the second at 4:21. Crook scored again at 9:30.
Tacoma rookie Shawn Medved put a header past Biller 38 seconds into the fourth period. Crook got his third goal of the game at 11:06.