Tacoma Defiance (2-3-0, 6 points) handed Sacramento Republic FC (2-1-1, 7 points) its first loss of the season with a 2-1 decision at Cheney Stadium on Monday night in the South Sound. Henry Wingo scored the game’s first goal on a pass from fellow First Team player Will Bruin early in the second half. Bruin recorded a goal of his own later in the second half to push the score to a 2-0 advantage. Tacoma now embarks on a five-game road stretch before returning home to Cheney Stadium on Sunday, May 12 against Portland Timbers 2 (1:30 p.m. PT / ESPN+).
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In the 50th minute, Bruin found Wingo with a no-look pass inside the area, as the midfielder finished past Sacramento goalkeeper Josh Cohen to give the hosts a 1-0 lead. The goal was the sixth in Wingo’s USL career.
Bruin added the second tally in the 78th minute after he received a pass from Saad Abdul-Salaam and spun two defenders before burying a shot to the far post to make it 2-0. Cameron Iwasa converted a penalty kick 10 minutes later to get Sacramento on the board, but the game would end with a 2-1 scoreline.
Ten First Team players saw action for Tacoma tonight: goalkeeper Trey Muse, defenders Abdul-Salaam, Jonathan Campbell, Nouhou and Román Torres, midfielders Handwalla Bwana, Jordy Delem, Alex Roldan and Wingo, as well as forward Bruin.
Tacoma Defiance next travels to Orange County SC on Wednesday, April 10 (7:00 p.m. PT / ESPN+). The match is the first of five consecutive road fixtures for Tacoma, culminating with a trip to Oklahoma City Energy FC on Saturday, May 4 (5:30 p.m. PT / ESPN+).
Tacoma Defiance I 2-1 I Sacramento Republic FC
Monday, April 1, 2019
Venue: Cheney Stadium I Tacoma, Washington
Referee: Alejandro Aguilera Jr.
Assistants: Joshua Haimes, Cameron Siler
Fourth Official: Hanif Zarrabi-Kashani
Weather: 60 degrees and partly cloudy
TAC – Henry Wingo (Will Bruin) 50′
TAC – Will Bruin (Saad Abdul-Salaam) 78′
SAC – Cameron Iwasa (penalty) 88′
TAC – Danny Leyva (caution) 22′
SAC – Dekel Keinan (caution) 55′
LINEUPS & STATS
TAC – Trey Muse; Saad Abdul-Salaam, Roman Torres, Jonathan Campbell, Nouhou (Marlon Vargas 72′); Jordy Delem, Danny Leyva; Henry Wingo (Shandon Hopeau 64′), Handwalla Bwana (Nick Hinds 72′), Alex Roldan; Will Bruin
Substitutes not used: Jacob Castro, Denso Ulysse, Josh Atencio, Alfonso Ocampo-Chavez
Total shots: 18
Shots on goal: 6
SAC – Josh Cohen; Shannon Gomez, Charalampos Chantzopoulos, Dekel Keinan, Mitchell Taintor; Elliot Hord (Villyan Bijev 54′), Ray Saari (Drew Skundrich 51′), Jaime Villarreal, Keven Aleman (Tyler Blackwood 71′), Stefano Bonomo; Cameron Iwasa
Substitutes not used: Rafael Diaz, Matt Mahoney, Hayden Partain, Sam Werner
Total shots: 15
Shots on goal: 3