TACOMA, WASH. – Tacoma Defiance (2-9-1, 7 points) on Saturday played to its first draw of the season, a 1-1 decision with Reno 1868 FC (4-2-5, 17 points). Justin Dhillon scored just nine seconds into the match, earning a place in the record books for the fastest goal in USL Championship history. The evening’s final result snapped a six-game losing streak for Tacoma, which moved to 2-3-1 on the season at Cheney Stadium.
Jesse Daley took the game’s opening kickoff and sent a pass to Dhillon, who found Azriel Gonzalez streaking down the left side. Gonzalez sent a cross into the area which found Dhillon, who calmly headed home Tacoma’s lone goal of the evening. Dhillon has now scored in consecutive games, and his two goals this season are tied for the team lead with Gonzalez. The assist was Gonzalez’s first of the season, which also ties him for the club lead.
Reno found the equalizer in the 84th minute off the head of Brian Brown. He finished a corner kick from Seth Casiple into the left corner of the goal.
Tacoma goalkeeper Trey Muse made a career-high eight saves to lead Defiance, including several diving stops. Six players under the age of 20 saw action for Tacoma tonight, including one First Team player in Muse.
Tacoma Defiance next hosts Fresno FC on Sunday, May 26 (1:30 p.m. PT / ESPN+). The club then travels to take on LA Galaxy II on Wednesday, May 29 (7:30 p.m. PT / ESPN+).
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Tacoma Defiance I 1-1 I Reno 1868 FC
Saturday, May 18, 2019
Venue: Cheney Stadium I Tacoma, Washington
Referee: Dejan Susak
Assistants: Seth Martin, Cameron Siler
Fourth Official: Corbyn May
Weather: 65 degrees and mostly cloudy
TAC – Justin Dhillon (Azriel Gonzalez) 1’
RENO – Brian Brown (Seth Casiple) 84’
TAC – Jesse Daley (caution) 57’
LINEUPS & STATS
TAC – Trey Muse; Denso Ulysse, Josh Atencio, Sam Rogers, Nick Hinds; Joel Rydstrand, Jesse Daley (Antonee Burke-Gilroy 64’); Shandon Hopeau, Danny Robles (Marlon Vargas 77’), Azriel Gonzalez; Justin Dhillon (Aleks Berkolds 86’)
Substitutes not used: Jacob Castro, Matt Nance, Modou Ndow
Total shots: 10
Shots on goal: 3
RENO – James Marcinkowski; Brent Richards, Zach Carroll, Emrah Klimenta, Duke Lacroix; Raul Mendiola (Sam Gleadle 71’), Will Seymore (Kevin Partida HT), Seth Casiple; Lindo Mfeka; Brian Brown, Corey Hertzog (Danny Musovski 77’)
Substitutes not used: Damion Lewis, Benjamin Galindo, Sergio Rivas, Aidan Apodaca
Total shots: 28
Shots on goal: 9