San Antonio FC (9-10-7) fell 1-5 to Tacoma Defiance (5-15-5) at Cheney Stadium on Saturday night in their first of two consecutive matches on the road, ending a three-game unbeaten streak for the club.
“It’s a tough result tonight,” SAFC Head Coach Darren Powell. “Tacoma delivered a good performance for 90 minutes and we couldn’t match it. The most important thing at this time is the response for everybody in preparation for next Saturday’s match.”
Tacoma opened the scoring in the 17th minute after midfielder Shandon Hopeau stole the ball in SAFC’s defensive third and found Justin Dhillon inside the box for a tap-in. The hosts doubled their lead in the 29th minute after midfielder Danny Robles finished off a breakaway, giving the hosts a 2-0 advantage by halftime.
The Defiance added their third goal of the night in the 75th minute when midfielder Alfonso Ocampo-Chavez converted from the penalty spot before midfielder Ethan Dobbelaere scored their fourth of the night following a breakaway.
SAFC pulled one back in the 88th minute after Josh Yaro buried a pass from Jack Barmby. The goal marked Yaro’s first professional goal, while Barmby tallied his fourth assist in USL Championship play this season. Tacoma then added their fifth of the night after Dhillon scored from the top of the box to make it 1-5.
San Antonio FC will return to USL Championship action on Saturday, Sept. 7 as the team travels to take on Phoenix Rising FC at 9:30 p.m. CT.
Tacoma: 1-0, Justin Dhillon (Shandon Hopeau assist) 17’
Tacoma: 2-0, Daniel Robles (Shandon Hopeau assist) 29’
Tacoma: 3-0, Alfonso Ocampo-Chavez (penalty) 75’
Tacoma: 4-0, Ethan Dobbelaere (Nicholas Hinds assist) 80’
SAFC: 4-1, Joshua Yaro (Jack Barmby assist) 88’
Tacoma: 5-1, Justin Dhillon (Alec Diaz assist) 90’
Tacoma: Yellow Card (Justin Dhillon) 9’
SAFC: Yellow Card (Jack Barmby) 31’
SAFC: Yellow Card (Moises Hernandez) 74’
Tacoma: Yellow Card (Jesse Daley) 86’
SAFC: Yellow Card (Walter Restrepo) 86’
SAFC Starting XI: GK: Matthew Cardone; D: Kai Greene, Joshua Yaro, Eby Ackon; M: Moises Hernandez, Pecka (c), Brian Gomez, Jack Barmby; F: Billy Forbes, Frank Lopez (Ever Guzman 62’), Walter Restrepo
Substitutions Not Used: Jonathan Viscosi Johnny Fenwick, Pascal Eboussi, Cristian Parano, Michael Lahoud