TACOMA, WASH. – Tacoma Defiance (4-13-5, 17 points) on Friday defeated Orange County SC (6-8-9, 27 points) by a 2-1 margin for its second win in its last three games. Shandon Hopeau and Marlon Vargas each scored for Tacoma, which improved to 4-5-2 at Cheney Stadium this season.
Hopeau’s goal evened the match at 1-1 just before halftime. He took a pass from Josh Atencio near the top of the area and slotted it past the Orange County goalkeeper with his right foot for his third marker of the season. Hopeau now ranks second on the team in goals with three, trailing only Justin Dhillon’s seven. The assist was the first in the professional career of Atencio, who wore the captain’s armband for Tacoma.
Seven minutes after the halftime break, Vargas found a loose ball in front of the net and finished to give the home side a 2-1 advantage. Danny Robles sent a corner kick into the area that hit the head of an Orange County defender and landed at the foot of Vargas, who netted his first professional marker.
Six players under the age of 20 saw action for Tacoma tonight, including one First Team player in Alfonso Ocampo-Chavez.
Tacoma Defiance next travels to El Paso Locomotive FC on Saturday, August 17 (6:30 p.m. PT / ESPN+). The club then hosts Phoenix Rising FC on Tuesday, August 27 (7:00 p.m. PT / ESPN+).
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Tacoma Defiance I 2-1 I Orange County SC
Friday, August 9, 2019
Venue: Cheney Stadium I Tacoma, Washington
Referee: Kevin Broadley
Assistants: Cameron Siler, Christian Clerc
Fourth Official: Hunter France
OC – Michael Seaton (Darwin Jones) 11’
TAC – Shandon Hopeau (Josh Atencio) 43’
TAC – Marlon Vargas 52’
OC – Michael Orozco (caution) 23’
OC – Aodhan Quinn (caution) 44’
TAC – Aleks Berkolds (caution) 45’
OC – Leonardo (caution) 47’
TAC – Marlon Vargas (caution) 55’
TAC – Nick Hinds (caution) 62’
OC – Michael Seaton (caution) 89’
LINEUPS & STATS
TAC – Bryan Meredith; Antonee Burke-Gilroy, Aleks Berkolds, Ever Rubio, Nick Hinds; Jesse Daley (Chris Hegardt 73’), Josh Atencio – captain; Shandon Hopeau, Danny Robles (Ethan Dobbelaere 70’), Marlon Vargas; Alfonso Ocampo-Chavez (Alec Diaz 81’)
Substitutes not used: Trey Muse, Peter Kingston, Ray Serrano, Matt Nance
Total shots: 10
Shots on goal: 3
OC – Aaron Cervantes; Michael Orozco, Walker Hume, Leonardo (Jerry van Ewijk 71’), Kevin Alston (Joe Amico 35’); Aodhan Quinn, Edson Alvarado (Kevin Coleman 58’), Harry Forrester, Christian Duke; Darwin Jones, Michael Seaton
Substitutes not used: Carlos Lopez, Daniel Crisostomo, Giovanni Ramos Godoy
Total shots: 19
Shots on goal: 1