Junior Flemmings scored two goals and added an assist for the hosts; Defiance continues its five-game road stretch on Friday, April 26 at San Antonio FC (5:30 p.m. PT / ESPN+).
Tacoma Defiance (2-6-0, 6 points) on Saturday evening dropped a 4-0 decision at Phoenix Rising FC (2-1-4, 10 points). The match was the third in a stretch of five consecutive away contests for Tacoma. Junior Flemmings scored two goals and added one assist to lead Phoenix, while Jason Johnson and Solomon Asante each recorded one goal and one assist.
Flemmings tallied his first of the night in the 33rd minute on a blast from outside the box. He dribbled to his right before firing a shot with his right foot to the right corner of the goal past Tacoma goalkeeper Trey Muse to give Phoenix a 1-0 lead.
Johnson made it 2-0 when he finished a cross from Solomon Asante inside the six-yard box just three minutes later. Flemmings completed his brace just before halftime on a header off a cross from Johnson to make it 3-0.
Flemmings collected a loose ball right outside the box in the 53rd minute and found Asante who calmly finished past Muse to give Phoenix a 4-0 advantage.
Six players under the age of 20 saw action for Tacoma tonight, including one First Team player in Muse. Austin Brummett made his USL debut at the age of 15.
Tacoma Defiance continues its five-match road stretch on Friday, April 26 at San Antonio FC (5:30 p.m. PT / ESPN+). The club then travels to Oklahoma City to take on OKC Energy FC on Saturday, May 4 (5:30 p.m. PT / ESPN+).
Tacoma Defiance I 0-4 I Phoenix Rising FC
Saturday, April 20, 2019
Venue: Casino Arizona Field I Scottsdale, Arizona
Referee: Guido Gonzales
Assistants: Benjamin Hall-Volpenhein
Fourth Official: Paul Nothman
PHX – Junior Flemmings (A.J. Cochran) 34′
PHX – Jason Johnson (Solomon Asante) 37′
PHX – Junior Flemmings (Jason Johnson) 44′
PHX – Solomon Asante (Junior Flemmings) 53′
TAC – Nick Hinds (caution) 45’+1′
TAC – Denso Ulysse (caution) 65′
PHX – Tristan Blackmon (caution) 90′
LINEUPS & STATS
TAC – Trey Muse; Denso Ulysse, Jonathan Campbell, Aleks Berkolds, Nick Hinds; Peter Kingston, Joel Rydstrand; Shandon Hopeau (Austin Brummett 55′), Marlon Vargas (Matt Nance 73′), Azriel Gonzalez; Alec Diaz (Justin Dhillon 55′)
Substitutes not used: Jacob Castro, Modou Ndow
Total shots: 8
Shots on goal: 3
PHX – Zac Lubin; Mustapha Dumbuya, Joseph Farrell (Tristan Blackmon 60′) , A.J. Cochran, Amadou Dia; Kevon Lambert, Collin Fernandez; Solomon Asante, Devin Vega, Junior Felmmings (Joey Calistri 80′); Jason Johnson
Substitutes not used: Carl Woszczynski, Doueugui Mala, James Musa, Jose Aguinaga, Ben Spencer
Total shots: 23
Shots on goal: 7
Next match at San Antonio FC on April 26 at 5:30 pm. (ESPN+)
Next home match versus Portland Timbers 2, a Day of Defiance, at Cheney Stadium on May 12 at 1:30 pm. (Tickets available here).