Tacoma Defiance (1-3-0, 3 points) on Friday lost a 2-1 decision to expansion side New Mexico United (2-0-3, 9 points) at Cheney Stadium. Azriel Gonzalez scored the lone goal for Defiance while Ryan Williams and Kevaughn Frater scored for the visitors.
Tacoma struck first on Gonzalez’s first goal of the season in the second minute. Captain Shandon Hopeau sprinted down the right side and sent a ball into the area that Gonzalez finished past New Mexico goalkeeper Cody Mizell.
New Mexico evened the match at 1-1 in the 37th minute on Williams’ first goal of the 2019 campaign. His shot took a deflection inside the area and found its way past Tacoma goalkeeper Trey Muse for the first-half equalizer.
In the 77th minute, Santi Moar sent a cross into the area that found the head of Frater. The striker beat Muse to his left for the game-winning marker. The goal was the third of the season for Frater, who ranks second on the club behind only Moar.
Eight players under the age of 20 saw action for Tacoma tonight, as well as one First Team player in Muse.
Tacoma Defiance next hosts Sacramento Republic FC on Monday, April 1 at Cheney Stadium (7:00 p.m. PT / ESPN+). The club then hits the road for its next five contests, beginning with a match at Orange County SC on Wednesday, April 10 (7:00 p.m. PT / ESPN+).
Tacoma Defiance I 1-2 I New Mexico United
Friday, March 29, 2019
Venue: Cheney Stadium I Tacoma, Washington
Referee: Dejan Susak
Assistants: Christian Clerc, Ryan Jung
Fourth Official: Taylor Vance
Weather: 55 degrees and partly cloudy
TAC – Azriel Gonzalez (Shandon Hopeau) 2′
NMU – Ryan Williams 37′
NMU – Kevaughn Frater (Santi Moar) 77′
NMU – Kevaughn Frater (caution) 17′
NMU – Santi Moar (caution) 23′
TAC – Modou Ndow (caution) 27′
LINEUPS & STATS
TAC – Trey Muse; Denso Ulysse, Aleks Berkolds, Modou Ndow, Nick Hinds; Josh Atencio, Joel Rydstrand; Shandon Hopeau (Alec Diaz 74′), Antonee Burke-Gilroy (Danny Leyva 83′), Azriel Gonzalez (Marlon Vargas 80′); Alfonso Ocampo-Chavez
Substitutes not used: Jacob Castro, Matt Nance, Justin Dhillon, Jesse Daley
Total shots: 8
Shots on goal: 3
NMU – Cody Mizell; Manny Padilla, Rashid Teeteh, Josh Suggs, Justin Schmidt; Saalih Muhammad, (Tommy Madden 86′), Juan Guzman (Toni Soler 70′); Santi Moar, David Estrada, Ryan Williams (Chris Wehan 63′); Kevaughn Frater
Substitutes not used: Ben Beaury, Josh Goss
Total shots: 22
Shots on goal: 5