Tacoma Defiance (2-9-3, 9 points) on Wednesday earned its first road point of the season with a 2-2 draw at LA Galaxy II (4-4-5, 17 points). Justin Dhillon scored in his fourth straight game and Jesse Daley added the other marker for the visitors, while First Team goalkeeper Bryan Meredith made six saves, including multiple highlight-reel stops. Defiance has now played to three consecutive draws after dropping its previous six matches.
Justin Dhillon scores in his fourth consecutive game; Defiance next hosts El Paso Locomotive FC at Cheney Stadium on Saturday, June 1 (7:00 p.m. PT / ESPN+).
Dhillon’s goal came in the fourth minute of the match, just 11 days after he set a USL Championship record by scoring nine seconds into the game against Reno 1868 FC. He now leads the club in goals with four.
In the 21st minute, Azriel Gonzalez sent a pass back to Daley near the top of the box to set up Tacoma’s second goal of the evening. Daley blasted a shot to the top left corner of the goal for his first marker of the season to give Defiance a 2-0 advantage. The assist was Gonzalez’s second of the season, which leads the club.
Galaxy II scored in the 87th and 90th minutes to salvage a home point. Frank Lopez tallied the first marker for Los Dos, and assisted on the second. Brian Iloski netted the equalizer on a blast from outside the area that missed an outstretched Meredith.
Five players under the age of 20 saw action for Tacoma tonight, including one First Team player in Alfonso Ocampo-Chavez and one Academy player in Gabe Threadgold.
Tacoma Defiance next hosts El Paso Locomotive FC at Cheney Stadium on Saturday, June 1 (7:00 p.m. PT / ESPN+). The club then embarks on a four-game road trip, beginning with a match at Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC on Saturday, June 8 (5:00 p.m. PT / ESPN+).
Tacoma Defiance I 2-2 I LA Galaxy II
Wednesday, May 29, 2019
Venue: Dignity Health Sports Park I Carson, California
Referee: Malik Badawi
Assistants: Diego Blas, Christian Lara
Fourth Official: Brandon Stevis
Weather: 63 degrees and clear
TAC – Justin Dhillon 4′
TAC – Jesse Daley (Azriel Gonzalez) 21′
LA – Frank Lopez (Jose Hernandez) 87′
LA – Brian Iloski (Frank Lopez) 90′
TAC – Denso Ulysse (caution) 23′
LA – Adrian Vera (caution) 40′
LA – Nicholas DePuy (caution) 41′
LA – Justin Fiddes (caution) 42′
LA – Abraham Romero (caution) 42′
TAC – Alfonso Ocampo-Chavez (caution) 42′
TAC – Azriel Gonzalez (caution) 43′
TAC – Justin Dhillon (caution) 75′
LA – Kai Koreniuk (caution) 82′
TAC – Bryan Meredith; Denso Ulysse, Aleks Berkolds, Josh Atencio, Matt Nance; Jesse Daley, Joel Rydstrand; Alfonso Ocampo-Chavez (Danny Robles 69′), Antonee Burke-Gilroy (Gabe Threadgold 90’+3′), Azriel Gonzalez; Justin Dhillon (Nick Hinds 80′)
Substitutes not used: Jacob Castro, Modou Ndow
Total shots: 12
Shots on goal: 6
LA – Abraham Romero; Mauricio Cuevas (Armel-Don Tchilao 75′), Michael Gallagher, Nicholas DePuy, Justin Fiddes; Brian Iloski, Juninho Pereira, Adrian Vera (Jose Hernandez 81′), Kai Koreniuk; Ethan Zubak, Augustine Williams (Frank Lopez 60′)
Substitutes not used: Eric Lopez, Nate Shultz, Jorge Hernandez, Omar Ontiveros
Total shots: 26
Shots on goal: 8
Next home match versus El Paso Locomotive FC on Saturday, June 1 (tickets available)