Marlon Vargas 2019
Charis Wilson

MATCH RECAP: Tacoma Defiance falls at Las Vegas Lights FC on Saturday night

TACOMA, WASH. – Tacoma Defiance (2-5-0, 6 points) on Saturday evening dropped a 5-0 decision at Las Vegas Lights FC (2-3-1, 7 points). The match was the second in a stretch of five consecutive away contests for Tacoma. Irvin Parra recorded a hat trick to lead Las Vegas, while Preston Tabort Etaka netted two goals for the hosts.

Las Vegas took an early lead when a loose ball found the foot of Etaka in the area and he finished to the right corner of the goal in the 11th minute. Parra scored his first of the evening on a penalty kick in the 23rd minute that missed the outstretched arms of Defiance goalkeeper Trey Muse.

Nine minutes later, Parra completed his first-half brace to put Las Vegas ahead, 3-0. He received a pass while streaking down the far sideline and took four dribbles before finishing past Muse. In the 50th minute, Etaka completed his own brace to give the home side a 4-0 advantage.

Parra netted his third goal of the evening in the 60th minute on a header in the box, his fourth goal in his last two games. The hat trick was the second in Lights FC history.

Five players under the age of 20 saw action for Tacoma tonight, including one First Team player in Muse.

Tacoma Defiance continues its five-match road stretch on Saturday, April 20 at Phoenix Rising FC (7:30 p.m. PT / ESPN+). The club then travels to Texas to face San Antonio FC on Friday, April 26 (5:30 p.m. PT / ESPN+).


Tacoma Defiance I 0-5 I Las Vegas Lights FC

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Venue: Cashman Field I Las Vegas, NV

Referee: Elijio Arreguin

Assistants: Seth Martin, Uriel Aguilera

Fourth Official: Ryan Cuddy


LV – Preston Tabort Etaka (Bryan Arguez) 11’

LV – Irvin Parra (penalty) 23’

LV – Irvin Parra (Thomas Olsen) 32’

LV – Preston Tabort Etaka 50’

LV – Irvin Parra (Matt Thomas) 60’


TAC – Jesse Daley (caution) 28’

TAC – Jonathan Campbell (caution) 56’

LV – Irvin Parra (caution) 61’

TAC – Jesse Daley (second yellow – ejection) 63’


TAC – Trey Muse; Henry Wingo, Jonathan Campbell, Aleks Berkolds, Matt Nance; Jesse Daley, Joel Rydstrand; Shandon Hopeau, Antonee Burke-Gilroy (Marlon Vargas HT), Azriel Gonzalez (Sam Rogers 61’); Alec Diaz (Justin Dhillon 71’)

Substitutes not used: Jacob Castro, Nick Hinds, Ben Numbi, Blake Malone

Total shots: 10

Shots on goal: 2

Fouls: 12

Offside: 3

Corner-kicks: 4

Saves: 4


LV – Thomas Olsen; Kevin Garcia-Lopez, Gabe Robinson, Javan Torre (Christian Hernandez 52’), Christian Torres (Matt Thomas 32’); Pablo Cruz, Mobi Fehr, Bryan Arguez (Samuel Ochoa 70’), Lucas Scaglia; Preston Tabort Etaka, Irvin Parra

Substitutes not used: Angel Alvarez, Ferrety Sousa, Eric Gonzalez, Edwin Rivas

Total shots: 18

Shots on goal: 9

Fouls: 12

Offside: 1

Corner-kicks: 3

Saves: 2