FRESNO, Calif. – Fresno FC (16-7-8) fell to Tacoma Defiance 4-1 on Saturday night in Chukchansi Park. The Foxes missed the opportunity to seal in a home-field advantage through the Western Conference quarterfinals.
After an early-match slump, Tacoma was able to find a groove to score four consecutive goals. Tacoma took a four-goal lead into the final 10 minutes of the match, but Christian Chaney put Fresno on the board with a goal in the 84th minute. Tacoma’s high-powered offense proved too much for Fresno, and Tacoma walked away with its first road win of the season.
Los Zorros took control of the offensive momentum at the start of the match, outshooting Tacoma Defiance 7-0 over the first 20 minutes.
The momentum swung in the other direction as Tacoma took a 1-0, when Justin Dhillon found the back of the net in the 31st minute. Tacoma would hang on to take the one-goal advantage into halftime.
The Foxes had the opportunity to score the equalizer when Zach Ellis-Hayden had a look at the goal, but his shot rebounded off the crossbar.
Dhillion picked up where he left off in the first half for Tacoma, extending the lead 2-0 with a goal in the 65th minute. Tacoma went right back on the attack, Alfonso Ocampo send one passed the Zorros keeper to put another one on the board. Tacoma would finish the match with four goals after Daniel Leyva put one in the back of the net in the 75th minute, one goal shy of its season-high.
Los Zorros stayed resilient in pursuit of a goal. Chaney subbed in and gave Fresno some offensive looks, scoring in the 84th minute off a pass from Juan Pablo Caffa. Los Zorros kept on striking but were unable to overcome the four-goal deficit.
Overall, Fresno outshot Tacoma 25-9, held possession for 52 percent of the match and owned the advantage in corners 8-2.
Fresno stays home to host its final regular season game of the season on Saturday, Oct. 12 against LA Galaxy II. Fresno is 10-2-4 in Chukchansi Park this season. Tickets for the home match are on sale now at FresnoFC.com and at the Chukchansi Park box office.
EL MEXICANO MAN OF THE MATCH: CHRISTIAN CHANEY
Christian Chaney subbed in for Fresno in the 62nd minute, and brought some offensive momentum with him. Chaney scored the Foxes’ only goal of the match, sending one into the back of the net in the 84th minute.