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Tacoma Defiance Falls 1-0 to Las Vegas Lights FC at Cheney Stadium

October 14, 2021 - United Soccer League Championship (USL) - Tacoma Defiance News Release

Tacoma Defiance in action
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TACOMA, WASH. - Tacoma Defiance (9-13-6, 33 points) fell 1-0 to Las Vegas Lights FC (6-20-3, 21 points) at Cheney Stadium Wednesday evening.

Las Vegas recorded the lone goal of the match early into the second half when a streaking Bruce El-Mesmari received a header from Cal Jennings that led to a one-on-one with Defiance goalkeeper Spencer Richey that El-Mesmari was able to convert to secure the 1-0 victory.

Despite never finding the back of the net, Tacoma had its chances. Notably, Alec Díaz had a pair of chipped efforts that he couldn't convert in the second half to keep Defiance from finding the breakthrough goal.

With the result, Tacoma sits in seventh place in the Pacific Division standings, three points shy of a playoff spot with four matches left to play.

Wade Webber's side hits the road as it takes on Sacramento Republic FC on Sunday, October 17 (2:00 p.m. PT / ESPN+).


Tacoma Defiance 0 - Las Vegas Lights FC 1

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Venue: Cheney Stadium

Referee: Matt Thompson

Attendance: 811

Weather: 51 degrees and cloudy


LV - Bruce El-Mesmari (Cal Jennings) 46'


LV - Robert Molina (caution) 81'


Tacoma Defiance - Spencer Richey; Eric Kinzner (Obed Vargas 61'), Jackson Ragen, Taylor Mueller - captain (Danny Robles 81'), Alex Villanueva; Ethan Dobbelaere (Cody Baker HT), Tom Brewitt, Reed Baker-Whiting (Carlos Anguiano HT); Marlon Vargas (Ray Serrano 61'), Alec Díaz, Sam Adeniran

Substitutes not used: Christian Herrera, Randy Mendoza

Total shots: 17

Shots on goal: 6

Fouls: 7

Offside: 0

Corner-kicks: 5

Saves: 4

Las Vegas Lights FC - Alex Rando; Dekel Keinan, CC Uche - captain, Eric Iloski, Dylan Presto; Robert Molina (Christopher Jaime 89'), Tristan Webber, Frank Daroma; Danny Trejo (Mohamed Traore 75'), Cal Jennings, Bruce El-Mesmari (Julian Vázquez 65')

Substitutes not used: Donovan Palomares, Armando Avila, Nathan Sepulveda, Michael Yeboah

Total shots: 9

Shots on goal: 4

Fouls: 12

Offside: 1

Corner-kicks: 3

Saves: 6

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