TACOMA, WASH. – Tacoma Defiance (9-13-6, 33 points) fell 1-0 to Las Vegas Lights FC (6-20-3, 21 points) at Cheney Stadium Wednesday evening.
Las Vegas recorded the lone goal of the match early into the second half when a streaking Bruce El-Mesmari received a header from Cal Jennings that led to a one-on-one with Defiance goalkeeper Spencer Richey that El-Mesmari was able to convert to secure the 1-0 victory.
Despite never finding the back of the net, Tacoma had its chances. Notably, Alec Díaz had a pair of chipped efforts that he couldn’t convert in the second half to keep Defiance from finding the breakthrough goal.
With the result, Tacoma sits in seventh place in the Pacific Division standings, three points shy of a playoff spot with four matches left to play.
Wade Webber’s side hits the road as it takes on Sacramento Republic FC on Sunday, October 17 (2:00 p.m. PT / ESPN+).
Tacoma Defiance 0 – Las Vegas Lights FC 1
Wednesday, October 13, 2021
Venue: Cheney Stadium
Referee: Matt Thompson
Weather: 51 degrees and cloudy
LV – Bruce El-Mesmari (Cal Jennings) 46’
LV – Robert Molina (caution) 81’
LINEUPS & STATS
Tacoma Defiance – Spencer Richey; Eric Kinzner (Obed Vargas 61’), Jackson Ragen, Taylor Mueller – captain (Danny Robles 81’), Alex Villanueva; Ethan Dobbelaere (Cody Baker HT), Tom Brewitt, Reed Baker-Whiting (Carlos Anguiano HT); Marlon Vargas (Ray Serrano 61’), Alec Díaz, Sam Adeniran
Substitutes not used: Christian Herrera, Randy Mendoza
Total shots: 17
Shots on goal: 6
Las Vegas Lights FC – Alex Rando; Dekel Keinan, CC Uche – captain, Eric Iloski, Dylan Presto; Robert Molina (Christopher Jaime 89’), Tristan Webber, Frank Daroma; Danny Trejo (Mohamed Traore 75’), Cal Jennings, Bruce El-Mesmari (Julian Vázquez 65’)
Substitutes not used: Donovan Palomares, Armando Avila, Nathan Sepulveda, Michael Yeboah
Total shots: 9
Shots on goal: 4
– DEFIANTLY TACOMA –