Tropics give up game winner 10 seconds into OT as Tacoma scores 7-6 comeback win

by Brian Ackley

LAKELAND, Fla. -- Mike Ramos scored 10 seconds into overtime to give the Tacoma Stars a 7-6 win over the Florida Tropics in a Major Arena Soccer League game Thursday afternoon at the RP Funding Center in Lakeland.

The Tropics were unable to protect a two-goal lead as Vini Dantas got a sixth-attacker goal with just over two minutes to play to tie the see-saw affair. Dantas, Ramos and Nick Perera eeach had two goals for Tacoma, which improved to 2-2 on the season. Jamael Cox got the other Tacoma score.

Florida led 2-0 at halftime on goals by Ian Bennett and Nate Bourdeau. Bennett finished with two goals on the night to lift his league-leading goals total to 15. The Tropics, who fell to 7-2 overall, also got goals from Joshio Sandoval, Jake Schindler and Zach RegetĀ 

Tacoma's OT winner was the only time the Stars led in the entire game. Florida is now 4-5 lifetime in overtime contests, 1-2 at home.

The Tropics will turn around and host the San Diego Sockers Friday night in a 7:05 p.m. start. Tickets are available on the team's Facebook page, or at the arena box office prior to kickoff. The game will also be streamed live and free on Facebook brought to you by Flite, the official ball of the MASL.

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