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MATCH RECAP: Tacoma Defiance Earns Road Point in Thrilling 3-3 Road Draw with Sacramento Republic FC

SACRAMENTO, CALIF. – Tacoma Defiance (2-8-2, 8 points) snapped its six-match losing skid on Sunday evening after a back-and-forth 3-3 draw with Sacramento Republic (7-1-5, 26 points) at Papa Murphy’s Park. Chino Pérez, Alec Díaz and Ray Serrano all scored for Tacoma, who earned a point at Sacramento for the second time this season. Defiance now moves on to a pair of matchups this week with Portland Timbers 2, first on Thursday, September 24 at Providence Park before returning to Cheney Stadium next Sunday, September 27.

Pérez put Tacoma up 1-0 in the fourth minute on an assist from Alfonso Ocampo-Chavez, which lasted until the second half when the home side took the lead on goals from Villyan Bijev and Kharlton Belmar in the 48th and 60th minutes, respectively. Díaz evened the game in the 66th minute after coming on as substitute five minutes earlier, then Serrano scored for the second consecutive match to give the visitors a 3-2 lead. The lead held until the 90th minute, when Rodrigo Lopez found the equalizer for SRFC, securing a point for both sides.


Tacoma Defiance 3 – Sacramento Republic FC 3
Sunday, September 20, 2020

Venue: Papa Murphy’s Park
Referee: Nicholas Marin
Weather: Clear and 73 degrees


TAC – Chino Pérez (Alfonso Ocampo-Chavez) 4’
SAC – Villyan Bijev (Sam Werner) 48’
SAC – Kharlton Belmar (penalty) 60’
TAC – Alec Díaz 66’
TAC – Ray Serrano (Marlon Vargas) 86’
SAC – Rodrigo López (90’)


TAC – Sota Kitahara (caution) 15’
SAC – Dekel Keinan (caution) 45+4’
SAC – Drew Skundrich (caution) 56’
TAC – Alec Díaz (caution) 80’
SAC – Hayden Sargis (caution) 90+4


Tacoma Defiance – Eric Klenofsky; Antonee Burke-Gilroy, Abdoulaye Cissoko, Taylor Mueller – captain, Alex Villanueva; Sota Kitahara, Reed Baker-Whiting (Christopher Hegardt 85’); Ray Serrano, Danny Robles (Marlon Vargas 85’), Chino Pérez (Azriel Gonzalez 72’), Alfonso Ocampo-Chavez (Alec Díaz 61’)

Substitutes not used: Conrad Lee, Eric Kinzner, Josh Hardin

Total shots: 8
Shots on goal: 4
Fouls: 10
Offside: 0
Corner-kicks: 2
Saves: 2

Sacramento Republic FC – Brady Scott; Jordan McCrary (Shannon Gomez 84’), Juan Barahona, Dekel Keinan, Hayden Sargis; Drew Skundrich – captain (Tomas Hilliard-Arce 75’), Sam Werner (Frank López 75’), Jaime Villarreal, Dariusz Formella (Safael Jauregui 84’); Villyan Bijev (Rodrigo López 69’), Kharlton Belmar

Substitutes not used: Rafael Diaz, Cameron Iwasa

Total shots: 16
Shots on goal: 5
Fouls: 15
Offside: 4
Corner-kicks: 6
Saves: 1