CHANDLER, ARIZ. – Tacoma Defiance (10-13-9, 39 points) drew 1-1 with Phoenix Rising FC (20-5-7, 67 points) in Arizona Saturday evening.
Sam Adeniran got Tacoma on the board first in the 30th minute when he poked in a deflection after his initial cross bounced off a Phoenix defender back to Adeniran’s feet at the far post. It marked Adeniran’s team-leading 13th goal of the season, which also set the Tacoma Defiance record for most goals in a single season, passing Justin Dhillon’s mark of 12 goals set in 2019.
Phoenix leveled the score in the 70th minute, when Arturo Rodriguez was fed a chipped through ball by Jon Bakero that got through the back line and was able to finish past Christian Herrera.
With the result, in combination with Oakland Roots SC’s win 1-0 against Sporting Kansas City II, Defiance failed to qualify for the postseason by two points.
Tacoma Defiance 1 – Phoenix Rising FC 1
Sunday, October 24, 2021
Venue: Phoenix Rising Soccer Complex at Wild Horse Pass
Referee: Luis Arroyo
Weather: 77 degrees and sunny
TAC – Sam Adeniran 30’
PHX – Arturo Rodriguez (Jon Bakero) 70’
TAC – Marlon Vargas (caution) 38’
TAC – Tom Brewitt (caution) 71’
TAC – Sam Adeniran (caution) 80’
PHX – Tate Schmitt (caution) 88’
PHX – Kevon Lambert (caution) 89’
TAC – Taylor Mueller (caution) 90+3’
LINEUPS & STATS
Tacoma Defiance – Christian Herrera, Taylor Mueller – captain, Tom Brewitt, Jackson Ragen, Cody Baker (Issa Rayyan 82’), Carlos Anguiano (Juan Alvarez 72’), Danny Leyva, Ray Serrano, Obed Vargas, Marlon Vargas (Danny Robles 82’), Sam Adeniran
Substitutes not used: Cole Kulhanek, Joe Hafferty, Eric Kinzner, Alec Díaz
Total shots: 13
Shots on goal: 5
Phoenix Rising FC – Andre Rawls, Tate Schmitt, James Musa, Joseph Farrell, Joey Calistri, Aodhan Quinn (David Loera 57’, Jonathan Levin 76’), Kevon Lambert, Jon Bakero, Santiago Moar (Luis Seijas 57’), Darren Mattocks (Arturo Rodriguez 58’), Solomon Asante (David Egbo 57’)
Substitutes not used: Edward Delgado, Manuel Madrid
Total shots: 17
Shots on goal: 6
– DEFIANTLY TACOMA –