TACOMA DEFIANCE FALLS 3-2 THURSDAY EVENING AT RENO 1868

Serrano and Cissoko score for Tacoma in road loss; Defiance road stint continues on Sunday at Sacramento Republic FC (7:00 p.m. PT / ESPN+)

Abdoulaye Cissoko and Ray Serrano scored for Tacoma Defiance (2-8-1, 7 points) in a 3-2 road loss to Reno 1868 FC (9-2-1, 28 points) on Thursday evening at Greater Nevada Field. The win clinched a playoff spot for Reno, while Tacoma dropped its sixth consecutive match. Defiance’s road stint continues on Sunday, September 20 against Sacramento Republic FC at Papa Murphy’s Park (7:30 p.m. PT / ESPN+).

With Reno up 2-0 early in the second half, Cissoko put Defiance on the board in the 55th minute on an assist from Chris Hegardt. After the home side immediately jumped to a 3-1 lead minutes after, Serrano pulled one back in the 75th minute, but Tacoma was not able to find an equalizer before the final whistle.

MATCH SUMMARY

Tacoma Defiance 2 – 3 Reno 1868 FC

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Venue: Greater Nevada Field

Referee: Joseph Salinas

Weather: Clear and 75 degrees

SCORING SUMMARY

REN – Sam Gleadle 5’

REN – Emilio Ycaza 52’

TAC – Abdoulaye Cissoko (Chris Hegardt) 55’

REN – Foster Langsdorf (Emilio Ycaza) 57’

TAC – Ray Serrano 75’

MISCONDUCT SUMMARY

REN – Corey Hertzog (caution) 19’

TAC – Eric Kinzner (caution) 37’

TAC – Ray Serrano (caution) 40’

TAC – Sota Kitahara (caution) 47’

TAC – Chris Hegardt (caution) 65’

TAC – Azriel Gonzalez (caution) 90’

LINEUPS & STATS

Tacoma Defiance – Eric Klenofsky; Antonee Burke-Gilroy (Azriel Gonzalez 65’), Eric Kinzner, Taylor Mueller – captain, Abdoulaye Cissoko (Josh Hardin 87’); Chris Hegardt (Reed Baker-Whiting 71’), Sota Kitahara; Ray Serrano, Marlon Vargas (Alec Díaz 71’), Alex Villanueva (Chino Pérez 65’); Alfonso Ocampo-Chavez

Substitutes not used: Conrad Lee

Total shots: 12

Shots on goal: 7

Fouls: 20

Offside: 1

Corner-kicks: 3

Saves: 5

Reno 1868 FC – Benjamin Beaury; Brent Richards – captain, Sam Gleadle, Jared Trimmer, Tony Alfaro; Emilio Ycaza, Tucker Bone, Kevin Partida, Foster Langsdorf (Aidan Apodaca 62’), Christiano François (Jesús Enríquez 82’); Corey Hertzog (Benjamin Kikanovic 62’)

Substitutes not used: Eric De La Cerda, Younes Boudadi, Thomas Janjigian, Mouhamed Dabo

Total shots: 18

Shots on goal: 8

Fouls: 9

Offside: 4

Corner-kicks: 11

Saves: 5

– DEFIANTLY TACOMA –