After a scoreless first half, Serrano found the back of the net in the 52nd minute. A deflected ball in led to a scuffle right in front of goal and after a point-blank save by Galaxy II goalkeeper Justin Von Steeg, Serrano found the rebound for an easy tap in to put the Defiance up a goal. Less than ten minutes later, it was Serrano again who dribbled into the area and slotted a ball into the bottom left corner to double Tacoma’s lead. Serrano almost completed a hat trick when a late shot flew over the crossbar, keeping the score at 2-0 until the final whistle.
Andrew Thomas recorded a shutout for Defiance in his first appearance for the club. The goalkeeper was acquired by Sounders FC last month and agreed to a USL Standard Loan this week.
Wade Webber’s side now travels to Las Vegas for a rematch against the Lights FC on July 3. (7:30 p.m. PT / ESPN+).
Tacoma Defiance 2 – LA Galaxy II 0
Sunday, June 27, 2021
Venue: Cheney Stadium
Referee: Luis Guardia
Weather: Sunny and 89 degrees
TAC – Ray Serrano 52’
TAC – Ray Serrano 60’
LA – Carlos Harvey (caution) 41’
LINEUPS & STATS
Tacoma Defiance – Andrew Thomas, Eric Kinzner, Taylor Mueller – captain, Tom Brewitt, Ethan Dobbelaere (Issa Rayyan 80’), Carlos Anguiano (Danny Robles 85’), Reed Baker-Whiting (Azriel Gonzalez 86’), Randy Mendoza, Ray Serrano, Alfonso Ocampo-Chavez (Sota Kitahara 59’), Samuel Adenrian (Alec Diaz 58’)
Substitutes not used: Christian Herrera, Alex Villanueva
Total shots: 12
Shots on goal: 5
LA Galaxy II – Justin Von Steeg, Josh Drack (Sebastian Nava 75’), Jesús Vásquez – captain (Rémi Cabral 75’), Isaac Bawa, Owen Lambe, Jorge Hernandez, Daniel Aguirre (Taylor Davila 75’), Carlos Harvey (Adrian Gonzalez 62’), Axel Picazo, Augustine Williams (Felix Barajas 86’), Preston Judd
Substitutes not used: Eric Lopez, Felix Barajas
Total shots: 10
Shots on goal: 1
– DEFIANTLY TACOMA –