TUKWILA, WASH. – Tacoma Defiance (6-3-5, 26 points) defeated Austin FC II (9-4-3, 31 points) 1-0 Sunday evening at Starfire Stadium. Braudilio Rodrigues bagged a first-half penalty kick as Tacoma kept the shutout to gain all three points.
Rodrigues’ penalty strike came after Paul Rothrock drew a foul in the area following a throw-in. The midfielder stepped up to the spot and buried the attempt in the 32nd minute for his team-leading seventh goal of the year. Austin's Jackson Walti was issued a red card in the 82nd minute for denying a goal-scoring opportunity inside the area, but Tacoma's Fito Ovalle failed to convert the ensuing penalty attempt.
With the result, Tacoma moves into a tie for first place in the Pacific Division with Whitecaps FC 2, both with 26 points.
Following tonight’s contest, Wade Webber’s side stays at home to take on Houston Dynamo 2 on Sunday, July 2 at Starfire Stadium (7:00 p.m. PT / Apple TV).
Tacoma Defiance 1 – Austin FC II 0
Sunday, June 25, 2023
Venue: Starfire Sports Stadium
Referee: Brad Jensen
Assistants: Ryan Jung, Eric Krueger
Fourth official: Christopher Calderon
Weather: 75 degrees and sunny
TAC – Braudílio Rodrigues (penalty) 32’
ATX – Jackson Walti (ejection) 82’
LINEUPS & STATS
Tacoma Defiance – Andrew Thomas; Stuart Hawkins, Fito Ovalle – captain, Blake Bowen; Abdoulaye Cissoko, Josh Atencio, Hal Udertiz, Paul Rothrock; Antonio Herrera (Georgi Minoungou 90’+1’), Braudilio Rodrigues; Gio Miglietti (Frank Daroma 84’)
Substitutes not used: Wallis Lapsley, Elias Katsaros, Eythor Bjørgolfsoon, Chris Aquino
Total shots: 7
Shots on goal: 1
Austin FC II – Damian Las; Cheick Touré (Jackson Walti 61’), Joe Hafferty, Salvatore Mazzaferro, Charlie Asensio (Alfonso Ocampo-Chávez 86’); Steeve Louis Jean (Bobosi Byaruhanga 46’), Alonso Ramírez, Valentin Noël; CJ Fodrey, Sebastien Pineau, Micah Burton (Christo Vela 69’)
Substitutes not used: Emmanuel Johnson, Eric López, Christopher Pinkham
Total shots: 7
Shots on goal: 2