Tempers Get Heated, the Standings Don’t Matter, History Does

Tacoma Defiance and Las Vegas Lights FC are clearly rivals now.

What better way to end a 14-match winless streak than a 4-1 drubbing of a rival? Yes, after a match like last night’s, it’s clear these teams have bad blood. Officially rival status.

If you missed Tacoma Defiance’s Wednesday night thriller, let’s get you caught up.

Simply, your Tacoma Defiance won 4-1.

Coach Chris Little was thrilled to break the streak and earn the result.

“Delighted to get the win. Obviously, it’s been a long time coming for us.”

It was an active match with 5 goals, 3 red cards, and 6 yellow cards. The match ended with Tacoma on the fat end, playing 11 v. the Lights’ paltry 8.

With Justin Dhillon entering a Standard Loan agreement, he started and played 45 minutes. Of course, he scored. He had three total shots, all within the area. He was the exact same Dhillon Defiance fans have come to know and love. He now has 7 goals in his last 8 USL games.

Lights FC pulled a goal back. At half, everything looked like it would be a competitive game between two balanced teams.

That notion was ill conceived.

At the start of the second half, Dhillon subbed off and another former Defiance player rejoined the team. Also available via Standard Loan agreement Alfonso Ocampo-Chavez. ‘Fonz came back with a vengeance.

His 2 goals and assist were complimented by two fouls drawn and his own yellow card. In fact, it was the fracas between Ocampo-Chavez and Las Vegas goalkeeper Thomas Olsen that sent the match sideways.

‘Fonz already had his two goals. The two were chasing a long ball over the line and collided. Both earned their yellow cards. During the mass confrontation that involved more than a dozen players, Lights FC also saw Jesus Gonzalez ejected.

Things got funky. Las Vegas lost another player to ejection just minutes later.

Shandon Hopeau scored.

Former Sounder Sammy Ochoa entered as a sub. Two minutes later he left the pitch. He too had been ejected.

The match ended with Defiance up three men and three goals.

It was the third straight match between the two teams with at least one red card. In the two sides short history six players have left the field early. None by choice. A total of 18 goals have been scored. Each match was won by at least three goals.

There’s something between these two teams – the dark (Tacoma) and the Lights. Tempers get heated, the standings don’t matter, history does.

Midfielder Jesse Daley wanted to correct that history. He saw red in the 5-0 loss at Las Vegas’ Cashman Field.

“We all had it in the back of our minds that we got turned over pretty easily there. So, coming back here and scoring four goals for the home fans, I think it’s a really positive night for us. We’re back at home on Saturday, so I don’t think there can be much complacency. That’s a quick turnaround. We’re looking forward to that now.”

The winless streak is over. A collection of fans will have stories of a memorable match to share for a long time to come.

Defiantly Tacoma

Next home match is on Saturday July 27 versus OKC Energy FC (7:00 p.m. / tickets available)