TACOMA, WASH. – Tacoma Defiance (8-10-6, 30 points) fell 2-1 to Phoenix Rising FC (17-3-5, 56 points) at Cheney Stadium Saturday evening. Tacoma is currently level with Oakland Roots SC for the fourth and final playoff position in the Pacific Division standings, with eight games left in the 2021 regular-season campaign.
After over 75 minutes of scoreless play, it was Phoenix who got on the board first in the 78th minute courtesy of Jon Bakero, who received a cross from Darnell King and was able to tap it into the back of the net. Not three minutes later did Tacoma level the score when Sam Adeniran got the ball alone up top and slotted it away after the Phoenix goalkeeper came out and whiffed a clearance attempt. It was the striker’s team-leading seventh goal of the season. Rising FC secured the win after a shot by Santi Moar deflected off a Defiance defender and sailed into the goal in the 90th minute.
Wade Webber’s side has a week off before it heads down to California to face off against Sacramento Republic FC on Saturday, October 2 (7:30 p.m. PT / ESPN+).
Tacoma Defiance 1 – Phoenix Rising FC 2
Saturday, September 25, 2021
Venue: Cheney Stadium
Referee: Brad Jensen
Weather: 68 degrees and partly cloudy
PHX – Jon Bakero (Darnell King) 78’
TAC – Sam Adeniran 80’
PHX – Santi Moar 90’
TAC – Ray Serrano (caution) 43’
PHX – Santi Moar (caution) 90+3’
LINEUPS & STATS
Tacoma Defiance – Christian Herrera, Joe Hafferty (Issa Rayyan 90+1’), Jackson Ragen, Taylor Mueller – captain, AB Cissoko, Randy Mendoza (Alex Villanueva 90+1’), Reed Baker-Whiting (Ethan Dobbelaere 61’), Tom Brewitt, Obed Vargas (Carlos Anguiano 76’), Ray Serrano (Alec Díaz 76’), Sam Adeniran
Substitutes not used: Cole Kulhanek, Alex Villanueva, Danny Robles
Total shots: 4
Shots on goal: 2
Phoenix Rising FC – Andrew Rawls, Ryan Flood (Luis Seijas 74’), James Musa, Joseph Farrell, Darnell King, Kevon Lambert, Aodhan Quinn, Arturo Rodriguez (David Loera 68’), Santi Moar, Darren Mattocks (Jon Bakero 74’), Solomon Asante – captain (Joseph Calistri 90+4’)
Substitutes not used: Edward Delgado, Manuel Madrid, Prince Saydee
Total shots: 23
Shots on goal: 8
– DEFIANTLY TACOMA –