SACRAMENTO, CALIF. – Tacoma Defiance (8-11-6, 30 points) fell 3-1 to Sacramento Republic FC (8-10-8, 32 points) at Heart Health Park Saturday evening. With the loss, Tacoma currently sits in seventh place in the Pacific Division standings, two points out of a playoff spot with at least one game in hand on every other team in the division.
Sacramento got on the board first in the eighth minute. Cameron Iwasa received a ball from Duke Lacroix inside the area, and was able to dribble through two Defiance defenders and slot a shot past Christian Herrera for the early goal. The home side doubled its lead in the 66th minute when Emil Cuello was fed a through ball, got past a Tacoma defender and finished one-on-one against Herrera.
Tacoma quickly answered in stunning fashion when a gorgeous free kick from Alex Villanueva curled into the top right corner in the 72nd minute to cut Sacramento’s lead in half.
Republic FC bagged another when Luis Felipe’s effort from just beyond midfield caught Herrera off his line and scored from long range.
Wade Webber’s side faces a quick turnaround as it travels to Austin Bold FC on Wednesday, October 6 (6:00 p.m. PT / ESPN+).
Tacoma Defiance 1 – Sacramento Republic FC 3
Saturday, October 2, 2021
Venue: Heart Health Park
Referee: Ricardo Fierro
Weather: 70 degrees and sunny
SAC – Cameron Iwasa (Duke Lacroix) 8’
SAC – Emil Cuello 66’
TAC – Alex Villanueva 72’
SAC – Luis Felipe (Emil Cuello) 77’
TAC – Danny Robles (caution) 30’
SAC – Darek Formella (caution) 43’
SAC – Luis Felipe (caution) 59’
TAC – Sam Adeniran (caution) 79’
LINEUPS & STATS
Tacoma Defiance – Christian Herrera; Joe Hafferty, Taylor Mueller – captain, Tom Brewitt, Eric Kinzner (Marlon Vargas 72’), Alex Villanueva; Obed Vargas, Carlos Anguiano, Danny Robles (Ray Serrano 61’); Juan Alvarez (Issa Rayyan 72’), Sam Adeniran
Substitutes not used: Cole Kulhanek, Cody Baker, Randy Mendoza, Alec Díaz
Total shots: 10
Shots on goal: 4
Sacramento Republic FC – Carlos Saldana; Duke Lacroix (Shannon Gomez 90 + 2’), Hayden Sargis, Dan Casey, Jordan McCrary; Andrew Wheeler-Omiunu, Emil Cuello (Patrick Weah 90+1’), Luis Felipe; Darek Formella (Jaime Villarreal 86’), Cameron Iwasa (Jerome Kisewetter 85’), Maalique Foster (Kharlton Belmar 73’)
Substitutes not used: Rafael Díaz, Nabi Kibunguchy
Total shots: 13
Shots on goal: 7
– DEFIANTLY TACOMA –