TACOMA, WASH. – Tacoma Defiance (1-1-0, 3 points) on Saturday suffered its first loss of the 2019 campaign with a 3-0 shutout to LA Galaxy II in Tacoma. Justin Dhillon and Joel Rydstrand made their Defiance debuts in front of 2,911 fans at Cheney Stadium.
Galaxy II got on the board first with a goal from Augustine Williams in the 24th minute. Ernesto Walker sent a shot toward the goal that found the foot of Williams who finished past Defiance goalkeeper Trey Muse. In the 41st minute, Walker collected a loose ball in front of the net and finished to the bottom left side of the goal to put the visitors ahead, 2-0.
In the 60th minute, Williams completed his brace with a header inside the area. Diedie Traore floated a pass to Williams who was streaking down the right side, and the striker floated it over the head of Muse for the third goal of the evening for Galaxy II.
Seven players under the age of 20 saw action for Tacoma tonight, and four First Team players also made appearances.
Tacoma Defiance returns to action on Saturday, March 23 at Tulsa Roughnecks FC for its first road game of the season (1:00 p.m. PT / ESPN+). The club then returns home to Cheney Stadium on Friday, March 29 against New Mexico United (7:00 p.m. PT / ESPN+).
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Tacoma Defiance I 0-3 I LA Galaxy II
Saturday, March 16, 2019
Venue: Cheney Stadium I Tacoma, Washington
Referee: Victor Rivas
Assistants: Joshua Haimes, Ryan Jung
Fourth Official: Chad Stewart
Weather: 52 degrees and partly cloudy
LA – Augustine Williams (Ernesto Walker) 24’
LA – Ernesto Walker 41’
LA – Augustine Williams (Diedie Traore) 60’
LA – Carlos Harvey (caution) 29’
LA – Geoffrey Acheampong (caution) 68’
TAC – Joel Rydstrand (caution) 79’
LINEUPS & STATS
TAC – Trey Muse; Henry Wingo (Modou Ndow HT), Jonathan Campbell, Saad Abdul-Salaam, Matt Nance; Danny Leyva, Josh Atencio (Joel Rydstrand 68’); Shandon Hopeau, Justin Dhillon (Azriel Gonzalez 62’), Marlon Vargas; Alec Diaz
Substitutes not used: Jacob Castro, Antonee Burke-Gilroy, Jesse Daley, Nick Hinds
Total shots: 9
Shots on goal: 2
LA – Justin vom Steeg; Nate Shultz, Tomas Hilliard-Arce, Nicholas DePuy, Diedie Traore (Justin Fiddes 86’); Carlos Harvey; Kai Koreniuk (Don Tchilao 60’), Geoffrey Acheampong (Adrian Vera 76’), Ernesto Walker, Jose Hernandez; Augustine Williams
Substitutes not used: Eric Lopez, Michael Gallagher, Omar Ontiveros
Total shots: 17
Shots on goal: 6