IRVINE, CALIF. – Tacoma Defiance (7-4-6, 27 points) defeated Orange County SC (7-7-5, 26 points) Wednesday evening 3-0 at Championship Soccer Stadium in Irvine for its third win in a row. Defiance has yet to lose to the Southern Californian side this season, winning twice and drawing once.
Jackson Ragen got Tacoma on the board first, scoring his first professional goal off a corner kick when Carlos Anguiano found Ragen who was able to head it into the back of the net for a 1-0 lead in the 17th minute. Defiance doubled its lead courtesy of Sam Adeniran when he smashed a ball from the top of the 18-yard-box into the upper right-hand corner in the 44th minute. Alex Villanueva provided the assist, giving the visitors a 2-0 lead heading into halftime. In the closing moments of the match, Marlon Vargas received a ball from Ray Serrano and was able to guide it into the back of the net to put the exclamation point on the night.
The win is enough to put Tacoma firmly in second place in the Pacific Division standings with 27 points, vaulting it over Orange County. Defiance has amassed 16 points in its last eight games (4-0-4).
Wade Webber’s side gets a 10-day break from USL Championship action before taking on Oakland Roots SC on August 28 (5:30 p.m. PT / ESPN+).
Tacoma Defiance 3 – Orange County SC 0
Wednesday, August 18, 2021
Venue: Championship Soccer Stadium
Referee: Kevin Broadley
Weather: 74 degrees and cloudy
TAC – Jackson Ragen (Carlos Anguiano) 17’
TAC – Sam Adeniran (Alex Villanueva) 44’
TAC – Marlon Vargas (Ray Serrano) 90’
TAC – Christian Herrera (caution) 12’
TAC – Carlos Anguiano (caution) 24’
OC – Dillon Powers (caution) 43’
OC – Kevin Alston (caution) 51’
OC – Ben Mines (caution) 82’
LINEUPS & STATS
Tacoma Defiance – Christian Herrera, Taylor Mueller – captain, Jackson Ragen, Eric Kinzner, Ethan Dobbelaere (Marlon Vargas 89’), Alex Villanueva (Randy Mendoza 75’), Carlos Anguiano, Obed Vargas, Ray Serrano, Sam Adeniran (Cody Baker 70’), Juan Alvarez (Danny Robles 70’)
Substitutes not used: Wyatt Nelson, Joe Hafferty, Alec Díaz
Total shots: 11
Shots on goal: 6
Orange County SC – Abraham Romero, Kevin Alston (Brent Richards 71’), Kobi Henry, Robert Kiernan, Michael Orozco – captain, Mikko Kuningas (Ben Mines 61’), Eric Calvillo (Aidan Apodaca 86’), Dillon Powers (Tommy McCabe 61’), Brian Iloski, Sean Okoli, Ronaldo Damus (Darwin Jones 71’)
Substitutes not used: Patrick Rakovsky
Total shots: 15
Shots on goal: 4
– DEFIANTLY TACOMA –