Real Monarchs Hold Tacoma Defiance at Bay in 1-0 Victory

HERRIMAN, Utah (Friday, September 4, 2020) – Real Monarchs shut out the Tacoma Defiance 1-0 at Zions Bank Stadium on Friday night to earn the team’s first victory in over a month. A first half goal from midfielder Luis Arriaga was enough to give the Monarchs their fifth-consecutive victory against Tacoma.


The Monarchs started the first forty-five on the front foot, earning eight corners and nine shots. Following a corner in the 12th minute, Monarchs defender Nicolás Giménez saw his header bounce off the crossbar and back into the field of play to spur a Tacoma counter attack that almost resulted in a goal the other way. In the 26th minute, Monarchs midfielder Dayonn Harris sent a cross into the box that found the head of Arriaga for the lone goal of the match. 


Tacoma looked to level the match in the 85th minute with shots by midfielders Azriel Gonzales and Daniel Robles, but consecutive saves by goalkeeper Jimmy Slayton preserved the full three points for the Monarchs. With the victory, the Monarchs remain undefeated at home all-time against Tacoma Defiance.


UP NEXT: Real Monarchs will host Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC at Zions Bank Stadium on Wednesday, September 9 at 8:00 p.m.




SLC: Luis Arriaga (Dayonn Harris), 26th minute: Dayonn Harris sent a cross into the box from the right side and Luis Arriaga buried the header into the bottom left corner.



  • The 26th minute score was Luis Arriaga’s first career goal as a member of the Monarchs.
  • The Monarchs now hold an all-time goal difference of +15 in regular season matchups versus Tacoma Defiance.


Match: Real Monarchs vs. Tacoma Defiance

Date: September 4, 2020

Venue: Zions Bank Stadium; Herriman, Utah

Attendance: TBA

Weather: Clear and 81 degrees


Scoring Summary:         1       2     F

Real Monarchs         1       0     1

Tacoma Defiance              0        0         0


SLC: Luis Arriaga (Dayonn Harris) 26’



Real Monarchs (4-2-3-1): Jimmy Slayton; Noah Powder, Nicolás Giménez, James Moberg, Andrew Brody; Luke Mulholland (Sam Brown, 74’), Jack Blake; Luis Arriaga, Kyle Coffee (Julian Vázquez, 89’), Dayonn Harris (Zack Farnsworth, 89’); Ryan Sierakowski (Bode Davis, 67’)


Subs not used: Gavin Beavers, Ricardo Ávila, Joe Gallardo


Tacoma Defiance (4-2-3-1): Eric Klenofsky; Antonee Burke-Gilroy, Sam Rogers, Taylor Mueller, Nick Hinds (Alex Villanueva, 63’); Sota Kitahara (Collin Fernandez, 63’), Ethan Dobbelaere (Ray Serrano, 71’); Daniel Robles, Marlon Vargas (Danny Reynolds, 82’), Azriel Gonazalez; Alec Diaz (Jesús Pérez, 71’)


Subs not used: Conrad Lee



Shots: 15 / 12

Shots on Goal: 4 / 3

Saves: 3 / 3

Corner Kicks: 14 / 2

Fouls: 13 / 4

Offside: 5 / 4



SLC – Bode Davis (caution) 90+6’