TACOMA, WASH. – Tacoma Defiance (9-12-6, 33 points) defeated Orange County SC (10-10-7, 37 points) 4-1 at Cheney Stadium Saturday evening, with Sam Adeniran scoring a hat trick as Tacoma snapped a seven-match losing skid.
Adeniran got the home side on the board early in the second half, firing a left-footed shot from just outside the area that curled past Orange County goalkeeper Abraham Romero in the 46th minute. Adeniran quickly found the back of the net again in the 52nd minute when he received a pass from Danny Robles right outside the six-yard-box and was able to chip Romero to record his second goal of the night.
Orange County quickly got back into the match in the 60th minute when a deflected ball found the feet of substitute Ben Mines inside the 18-yard-box, who scored across the face of goal past the outstretched hands of Christian Herrera.
Alec Díaz scored his third goal of the season in the 90th minute when two Defiance shots were saved by Romero, leading Díaz to clean up the second rebound to put the home side up 3-1.
Adeniran completed the hat trick in second-half stoppage time when he received a quickly taken free, launching a ball past the goalkeeper from just inside the area to score his team-leading 10th goal of the season.
With the win, Tacoma sits in sixth place in the Pacific Division standings, two points behind LA Galaxy II for the final playoff spot with five games remaining in the regular season.
Defiance faces a quick turnaround as it hosts Las Vegas Lights FC on Wednesday, October 13 (7:00 p.m. PT / ESPN+).
Tacoma Defiance 4 – Orange County SC 1
Saturday, October 9, 2021
Venue: Cheney Stadium
Referee: John Matto
Weather: 57 degrees and cloudy
TAC – Sam Adeniran 46’
TAC – Sam Adeniran (Danny Robles) 52’
OC – Ben Mines 60’
TAC – Alec Díaz 90’
TAC – Sam Adeniran (Obed Vargas) 90+3’
TAC – Eric Kinzner (caution) 4’
OC – Eric Calvillo (caution) 41’
OC – Dillon Powers (caution) 77’
LINEUPS & STATS
Tacoma Defiance – Christian Herrera; Taylor Mueller – captain, Eric Kinzner, Jackson Ragen; Cody Baker, Tom Brewitt, Danny Robles (Obed Vargas 66’), Alex Villanueva (Randy Mendoza 81’); Marlon Vargas (Ray Serrano 70’), Alec Díaz, Sam Adeniran
Substitutes not used: Cole Kulhanek, Issa Rayyan, Joe Hafferty, Carlos Anguiano
Total shots: 14
Shots on goal: 9
Orange County SC – Abraham Romero; Kevin Alston (Mikko Kuningas 58’), Rob Kiernan, Michael Orozco – captain, Brett Richards; Tommy McCabe (Darwin Jones 80’), Dillon Powers, Eric Calvillo (Ben Mines 58’), Brian Iloski; Ronaldo Damus (Aidan Apodaca 73’), Sean Okoli
Substitutes not used: Patrick Rakovsky, Kobi Henry, Nathan Smith
Total shots: 18
Shots on goal: 8
– DEFIANTLY TACOMA –