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′
LINEUPS & STATS
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
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