TACOMA, WASH. – Tacoma Defiance (8-5-6, 30 points) defeated Las Vegas Lights FC (5-14-2, 17 points) 2-1 Thursday evening, staying unbeaten at home this season in nine matches (6-0-3). With the win, Tacoma moves into a tie for second place in the Pacific Division standings with Orange County SC and San Diego Loyal SC.
It was captain Tom Brewitt who got the home side on the board first, finishing a close-range attempt when a headed ball by Sam Adeniran found the feet of the Liverpool native. Brewitt was able to complete the easy tap-in for his second goal in as many games. Las Vegas evened the score in the 62nd minute courtesy of Eric Iloski when his curling shot from outside the 18-yard-box found the top corner of the net. Adeniran put Tacoma up 2-1 in spectacular fashion in the 86th minute, spinning around from just inside the area and launching a ball into the top-right corner of the net to give Defiance the late winner.
Tacoma faces a quick turnaround against Pacific Division-leading Phoenix Rising FC on Sunday, September 5 (1:30 p.m. PT / ESPN+).
Tacoma Defiance 2 – Las Vegas Lights FC 1
Thursday, September 2, 2021
Venue: Cheney Stadium
Referee: Lorenzo Hernandez
Weather: 70 degrees and sunny
TAC – Tom Brewitt (Sam Adeniran) 36’
LV – Eric Iloski 62’
TAC – Sam Adeniran (Ray Serrano) 86’
TAC – Tom Brewitt (caution) 66’
TAC – Carlos Anguiano (caution) 89’
LINEUPS & STATS
Tacoma Defiance – Spencer Richey, Jackson Ragen, Tom Brewitt – captain, Eric Kinzner, Ethan Dobbelaere (Ray Serrano 71’), Carlos Anguiano, Josh Atencio (Danny Leyva HT), Alex Villanueva (Randy Mendoza 90+4’), Juan Alvarez (Danny Robles 79’), Sam Adeniran, Reed Baker-Whiting (Obed Vargas 72’)
Substitutes not used: Christian Herrera, Cody Baker
Total shots: 14
Shots on goal: 6
Las Vegas Lights FC – Alex Rando, Mohamed Traore, CC Uche – captain, Eric Iloski, Armando Avila, Nathan Sepulveda, Frank Daroma, Christopher Jaime (Tristan Weber 60’), Bruce El-Mesmari, Roberto Molina, Julian Vázquez (Michael Yeboah 77’)
Substitutes not used: Abraham Ramirez, Dylan Presto, Javen Romero
Total shots: 5
Shots on goal: 4
– DEFIANTLY TACOMA –