TACOMA DEFIANCE TAKES DOWN SAN DIEGO LOYAL SC 3-1 IN HOME OPENER AT CHENEY STADIUM

Anguiano, Díaz and Robles score for Defiance in first home match of 2021; Tacoma hosts Orange County SC on Sunday, May 16 at Cheney Stadium (12:00 p.m. PT / ESPN+)

Tacoma Defiance (1-0-1, 4 points) defeated San Diego Loyal 3-1 (0-3-0, 0 points) on Wednesday evening at Cheney Stadium, continuing its unbeaten start to the 2021 USL Championship campaign. Carlos Anguiano opened the scoring right before halftime when he found the bottom right corner of the net off a feed from Issa Rayyan. San Diego’s Jack Metcalf hammered home a rebounded ball to tie the score early in the second half, but Alec Díaz finished a cross in the 51st minute to put Defiance up for good. Danny Robles added the exclamation point to the match in second-half stoppage time to put the game away and secure the victory.

It was the first home match of the season for Tacoma, who had fans in attendance for the first time in well over a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Wade Webber’s side looks to continue its unbeaten start to the season on Sunday, hosting Orange County SC (12:00 p.m. PT / ESPN+).

 

MATCH SUMMARY

Tacoma Defiance 3 – San Diego Loyal 1

Thursday, May 13, 2021

Venue: Cheney Stadium

Referee: Chris Ruska

Attendance: 1,222

Weather: Sunny and 70 degrees

 

SCORING SUMMARY

TAC – Carlos Anguiano (Issa Rayyan) 44’

SD – Jack Metcalf 51’

TAC – Alec Díaz (Alex Villanueva) 73′

TAC – Danny Robles (Ray Serrano) 90+3’

 

MISCONDUCT SUMMARY

TAC – Alex Villanueva (caution) 22’

TAC – Eric Kinzner (caution) 36’

SD – Thomas Vancaeyezeele (caution) 61’

TAC – Sota Kitahara (caution) 66’

TAC – Randy Mendoza (caution) 75’

TAC – Ray Serrano (caution) 89’

SD – Collin Martin (caution) 90+2’

 

LINEUPS & STATS

Tacoma Defiance – Christian Herrera, Issa Rayyan (Cody Baker 79’), Tom Brewitt, Eric Kinzner, Alex Villaneuva, Sota Kitahara, Azriel Gonzalez – captain (Ray Serrano 52’), Obed Vargas, Carlos Anguiano (Danny Robles 45’); Alfonso Ocampo-Chavez (Randy Mendoza 65’), Marlon Vargas (Alec Diaz 51’)

Substitutes not used: Conrad Lee, Juan Alvarez

Total shots: 12

Shots on goal: 4

Fouls: 10

Offside: 0

Corner-kicks: 5

Saves: 7

 

San Diego Loyal SC – Trey Muse, Jack Metcalf, Thomas Vancaeyezeele, Hunter Ashworth (Jordan Chavez 45’); Sal Zizzo – captain (Elija Martin 80’), Charlie Adams, Collin Martin, Jack Blake, Guido Alejandro, Ben Spencer, Corey Hertzog (Niki Jackson 71’)

Substitutes not used: Austin Guerrero, Morgan Hackworth, CJ Fodrey, Tumi Moshobane

Total shots: 25

Shots on goal: 8

Fouls: 16

Offside: 0

Corner-kicks: 7

Saves: 1

– DEFIANTLY TACOMA –