TACOMA, WASH. – Tacoma Defiance (8-19-7, 31 points) on Saturday closed the 2019 campaign with a 3-1 victory over Austin Bold FC (13-12-9, 48 points). Tacoma finished the season with a five-game unbeaten streak and a two-game home winning stretch. Marlon Vargas recorded a goal and an assist for Tacoma, while Azriel Gonzalez and Jesse Daley each tallied a marker for the hosts.
Tacoma got on the board first when Handwalla Bwana sent a pass from outside the area into Gonzalez near the six-yard box, who took one touch with his right foot and beat the Austin goalkeeper. The marker was the fourth of the season for Gonzalez, who finished the season ranked fourth on the club in goals. The assist was Bwana’s second of the season, and he completed the 2019 campaign tied for third on the team in that category.
In the 77th minute, Shandon Hopeau made a run down the right sideline and sent a cross to the center of the area where Vargas finished with one touch to make it 2-0 Tacoma. Just two minutes later, Vargas found Daley near the top of the area and the midfielder took one touch before firing a strike past the outstretched Austin goalkeeper to push the score to 3-0.
Five players under the age of 20 saw action for Tacoma tonight, including one First Team player in Muse.
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Tacoma Defiance I 3-1 I Austin Bold FC
Saturday, October 19, 2019
Venue: Cheney Stadium I Tacoma, Washington
Referee: Malik Badawi
Assistants: Chris Elliot, Christian Clerc
Fourth Official: Taylor Vance
TAC – Azriel Gonzalez (Handwalla Bwana) 21’
TAC – Marlon Vargas (Shandon Hopeau) 77’
TAC – Jesse Daley (Marlon Vargas) 79’
AUS – Kris Tyrpak 82’
AUS – Thomas de Villardi (caution) 61’
TAC – Chris Hegardt (caution) 88’
TAC – Sam Rogers (caution) 89’
LINEUPS & STATS
TAC – Trey Muse; Antonee Burke-Gilroy, Sam Rogers, Ever Rubio, Nick Hinds; Chris Hegardt, Jesse Daley; Handwalla Bwana (Shandon Hopeau 62’), Danny Robles (Herbert Robinson 84’), Azriel Gonzalez (Marlon Vargas 74’); Justin Dhillon
Substitutes not used: Jamie Lowell, Modou Ndow, Bryson Hankins, Alec Diaz
Total shots: 12
Shots on goal: 4
AUS – Juan Ramirez; Sean McFarlane, Jermaine Taylor, Edson Braafheid (George Acosta 60’), Demar Phillips; Xavi Baez, Valzri Saromutin (Thomas de Villardi HT); Amobi Okygo, Ema Twumasi, Francis Atuahene (Kris Tyrpak 65’); Andre Lima
Substitutes not used: Diego Restrepo, Jorge Troncoso, Josua Soto, Sonny Guadarrama
Total shots: 19
Shots on goal: 5