Tacoma Defiance (2-10-3, 9 points) on Saturday had its three-game unbeaten streak snapped with a 2-1 loss to El Paso Locomotive FC (5-2-5, 20 points) at Cheney Stadium. Justin Dhillon scored his team-leading fifth marker of the season, good for his fifth consecutive match with a goal.
In the 42nd minute, Dhillon received a pass from Aleks Berkolds and made a move to his right before firing a shot to the bottom right corner of the goal. The assist was the first in the professional career of Berkolds. Dhillon has now scored five of the team’s last eight goals over a five-game stretch.
El Paso netted the first goal of the evening in the 31st minute. Jerome Kiesewetter chipped Tacoma goalkeeper Bryan Meredith in close to give the visitors a 1-0 advantage.
In the 68th minute, Omar Salgado found Calvin Rezende on the far post who calmly finished to make it a 2-1 contest. The goal was the second of the season for Rezende.
Four players under the age of 20 saw action for Tacoma tonight, including two First Team players in Danny Leyva and Alfonso Ocampo-Chavez.
Tacoma Defiance next embarks on a four-game road stretch, beginning with a matchup at Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC on Saturday, June 8 (5:00 p.m. PT / ESPN+). The club then travels to take on Austin Bold FC on Saturday, June 15 (5:30 p.m. PT / ESPN+).
Tacoma Defiance I 1-2 I El Paso Locomotive FC
Saturday, June 1, 2019
Venue: Cheney Stadium I Tacoma, Washington
Referee: Joseph Salinas
Assistants: Baboucarr Jallow, Cameron Siler
Fourth Official: Hanif Zarrabi-Kashani
Weather: 70 degrees and mostly sunny
EPL – Jerome Kiesewetter 31′
TAC – Justin Dhillon (Aleks Berkolds) 42′
EPL – Calvin Rezende (Omar Salgado) 68′
TAC – Sam Rogers (caution) 24′
TAC – Jesse Daley (caution) 55′
EPL – Louis Herrera (caution) 62′
TAC – Joel Rydstrand (caution) 70′
EPL – Nick Ross (caution) 75′
LINEUPS & STATS
TAC – Bryan Meredith; Henry Wingo (Denso Ulysse HT), Sam Rogers, Aleks Berkolds, Nick Hinds; Joel Rydstrand, Jesse Daley (Danny Leyva 69′); Shandon Hopeau, Danny Robles, Azriel Gonzalez; Justin Dhillon (Alfonso Ocampo-Chavez 79′)
Substitutes not used: Jacob Castro, Modou Ndow, Ben Numbi, Antonee Burke-Gilroy
Total shots: 7
Shots on goal: 2
EPL – Logan Ketterer; Bryam Rebelion, Drew Beckie, Chiro N’Toko, Andrew Fox; Richie Ryan, Yuma Monsalvez (Calvin Rezende 65′); Omar Salgado, Sebastian Contreras (Louis Herrera 60′), Nick Ross; Jerome Kiesewetter (Derek Gebhard 84′)
Substitutes not used: Jermaine Fordah, Daniel Navarro, Aaron Gomez, Edson Partida
Total shots: 10
Shots on goal: 6