TUKWILA, WASH. – Tacoma Defiance (1-2-1, 4 points) fell 2-1 to Whitecaps FC 2 (1-1-2, 6 points) Sunday afternoon at Starfire Stadium. Tacoma's Eric Kinzner scored his first goal as a professional for the home side since joining the club in 2021, but it wasn’t enough as Whitecaps FC 2 was able to find the late winner to earn all three points.
Whitecaps FC 2 opened the scoring in the 27th minute via Pepe Fernandez-Salvador, who was able to get his head on the end of a cross sent in by Simone Masi and strike the ball past Defiance goalkeeper Andrew Thomas. Tacoma quickly leveled the score in the 33rd minute when Kinzner scored on a header of his own, this time getting on the end of a free kick sent in by Marlon Vargas.
Whitecaps FC 2 took the lead late in the contest, scoring in the 86th minute via Emiliano Brienza, who got his body on a defected cross and knocked it into the back of the net to seal the match.
Wade Webber’s side next makes its second road trip of the season, traveling to PayPal Park to take on Earthquakes II on Monday, April 25 (5:00 p.m. PT / mlsnextpro.com).
Tacoma Defiance 1 – Whitecaps FC 2 2
Sunday, April 17, 2022
Venue: Starfire Stadium
Referee: Brad Jensen
Weather: 56 and partly cloudy
WFC – Pipe Fernandez-Salvador (Simone Masi) 27’
TAC – Eric Kinzner (Marlon Vargas) 33’
WFC – Emiliano Brienza (Simon Becher) 86’
TAC – Marlon Vargas (caution) 36’
TAC – Joe Hafferty (caution) 46’
TAC – Sota Kitahara (caution) 63’
LINEUPS & STATS
Tacoma Defiance – Andrew Thomas; Joe Hafferty, Hal Uderitz, Eric Kinzner (Travian Sousa 89’), Randy Mendoza – captain; Sota Kitahara, Fito Ovalle, Reed Baker-Whiting (Valentin Sabella 69’), Marlon Vargas, Sam Adeniran (Juan Alvarez 61’); Alfonso Ocampo-Chavez
Substitutes not used: Wallis Lapsley, Georgi Minoungou, Alfred Gombe-Fei
Total shots: 10
Shots on goal: 5
Whitecaps FC 2 – Ben Alexander, Elage Bah (Simon Becher 67’), Erik Godoy (Christopher Lee HT), Cristian Campagna, Simone Masi (Joshue Ndakala 31’), Giovanni Aguilar (Owen Antoniuk 73’), Vasco Fry, Pipe Fernandez-Salvador, Ali Ahmed, Emiliano Brienza (Joseph Hanson 93’), Filip Rakic
Substitutes not used: Harrison Gough, Finn Linder
Total shots: 11
Shots on goal: 4