Tacoma Defiance Earns 4-1 Road Win at Fresno FC

Justin Dhillon recorded two goals and one assist in the victory; Defiance next returns home to take on Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC on Saturday, October 12 (7:00 p.m. PT / ESPN+).

Tacoma Defiance (6-19-6, 24 points) on Saturday defeated Fresno FC (16-8-8, 56 points), 4-1, at Chukchansi Park for its first road win of the season. Justin Dhillon recorded a brace and added an assist for the visitors, while Alfonso Ocampo-Chavez scored a goal and earned an assist for Tacoma. Danny Leyva scored his first professional goal for Defiance in its convincing victory over the second-place team in the Western Conference. Goalkeeper Trey Muse stopped a career-high seven shots to help lead Tacoma.

Dhillon scored his first goal of the evening in the 31st minute on a pass from Jesse Daley. He displayed some brilliant footwork before curling a ball into the left side of the goal to give Tacoma a 1-0 advantage. The forward completed his brace in the 64th minute off a feed from Ocampo-Chavez to make it 2-0. Leyva sent a ball into the area while Ocampo-Chavez headed to the foot of Dhillon who finished for his team-leading 12th goal of the season.

Tacoma pushed the lead to 3-0 in the 69th minute when Dhillon and Ocampo-Chavez connected for a second time. Dhillon carried a ball into the area and sent a pass to the center of the box for Ocampo-Chavez, who blasted a shot past the Fresno FC goalkeeper for his sixth goal of the 2019 campaign.

Leyva put the game out of reach in the 75th minute with a blast from near the top of the area. Azriel Gonzalez left a pass for the 16-year-old, who hit a strike with his left foot to the right corner of the goal past the outstretched Fresno goalkeeper to make it 4-0.

Eight players under the age of 20 saw action for Tacoma tonight, including three First Team players in Ocampo-Chavez, Leyva and Muse.

Defiance next returns home to take on Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC on Saturday, October 12 (7:00 p.m. PT / ESPN+).The club then travels to face New Mexico United on Wednesday, October 16 (6:00 p.m. PT / ESPN+).



Tacoma Defiance | 4-1 | Fresno FC

Saturday, October 5, 2019


Venue: Chukchansi Park I Fresno, California

Referee: Eric Tattersall

Assistants: Francisco Bermudez, Christian Lara

Fourth Official: Robert Vincze



TAC – Justin Dhillon (Jesse Daley) 31′

TAC – Justin Dhillon (Alfonso Ocampo-Chavez) 64′

TAC – Alfonso Ocampo-Chavez (Justin Dhillon) 69′

TAC – Danny Leyva (Azriel Gonzalez) 75′

FFC – Christian Chaney (Juan Pablo Caffa) 83′



TAC – Alex Villanueva (caution) 28′

FFC – Suleiman Samura (caution) 52′

TAC – Jesse Daley (caution) 53′

TAC – Alfonso Ocampo-Chavez (caution) 69′

FFC – Emir Alihodzic (caution) 90’+1′



TAC – Trey Muse; Sota Kitahara, Sam Rogers, Aleks Berkolds, Alex Villanueva; Danny Leyva, Josh Atencio (Herbert Robinson 80′), Jesse Daley; Shandon Hopeau (Azriel Gonzalez 61′), Justin Dhillon, Alfonso Ocampo-Chavez (Alec Diaz 80′)

Substitutes not used: Jamie Lowell, Danny Robles


Total shots: 9

Shots on goal: 5

Fouls: 11

Offside: 2

Corner-kicks: 2

Saves: 7


FFC – C.J. Coachran; Zachary Ellis-Hayden, Sam Strong, Jems Geffrard, Alex Cooper; Elijah Martin (Emir Alihodzic 78′), Suleiman Samura, Juan Pablo Caffa, Jemal Johnson (Devan Yao 67′); Qudus Lawal; Jaime Chavez (Christian Chaney 67′)

Substitutes not used: Sam Howard, Ramon Del Campo, Renato Bustamante, Diego Casillas


Total shots: 25

Shots on goal: 8

Fouls: 14

Offside: 8

Corner-kicks: 8

Saves: 1