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FC Tucson's women side beat Parceiro for first win of campaign

Barreiro notches 2nd goal of the season; Burdett earns clean sheet

FC Tucson’s women side posted their first win of the season at Kino North Stadium in their match on Friday night. They defeated San Diego Parceiro 2 - 0.

The opening of the match showed many of the same problems that the team had on Wednesday night. There was a lot of possession in the midfield with little ability to advance into a position to have a solid shot at goal. It was a problem with both teams for the first 20 minutes as neither side seemed to know how to penetrate the other's defense.

Maybe it was the cooler air, maybe FC Tucson figured out where the seams were, but they managed to get behind the Parceiro defense more and more. Meghan Cavanaugh, who also plays for the University of Albany, took a shot that went straight to the chest of Kate Hart. The shot was too strong for her to control, and Brianna Barriero fired the loose ball into the goal. It was Barriero’s second goal of the season.

It took only a few moments into the second half to extend the lead, this time it was a goal from Treena Ferguson. Mariel Gutierrez earned the assist.

The win puts the team at four points after two matches. They complete their trio of home matches against San Diego teams with a match against San Diego SeaLions, a two-time league champion, on Saturday night at Kino North Stadium at 5:30 p.m.

Not reading too much into it

The SeaLions have long been a bugaboo for FC Tucson. They are two time league champions and, more importantly, FC Tucson has never beaten them before a home crowd. Plus, FC Tucson’s 2016 leading scorer, Angela Hix, now plays for them.

Surprisingly, Parceiro, the team that FC Tucson beat on Friday, posted a 1 - 0 win against the SeaLions last week in their first match in the WPSL. The transitive property never works in sports, so this wouldn’t necessarily mean FC Tucson would have a win against the SeaLions. Does it mean, though, that the SeaLions aren’t the high quality team they have been in the past? No, says FC Tucson coach Amy Garelick.

“I don’t think it means anything,” she said. “When they travel, teams tend to travel light...we will preach to the kids it means something, but ultimately it doesn’t mean anything. It just means we have to show up tomorrow.”

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Show up against those aforementioned SeaLions, who haven’t managed a win in their two matches so far. Still, they are former champions who recruit from a rich vein of talent in Southern California.

“We haven’t beaten the SeaLions at home,” she said. “We want to beat them at home. That’s our mission.”

Zero can mean a lot

For most folks who watched yesterday’s match, it was the team’s first win of the season. Lainey Burdett knows better. To her, it was the team’s first shutout of the year.

“Definitely a good feeling, especially after coming off of a loss on Wednesday, to give up no goals,” the Las Vegas native said. “I couldn’t have done it without the back line.”

Burdett knows that it’s important to give credit to her teammates, and to a large extent the better organized defense on Friday made her job a lot easier. Still, it’s easy to be humble when you’ve already posted shutouts against some of the best in the PAC-12. She’s posted seventeen of them so far in her career at the Univeristy of Arizona. Seven of those were posted last season, enough to earn her PAC-12 honors.

The last goal that Burdett let by her was Summer Mason’s goal for the Galaxy on Wednesday, relatively early in the first half. That means that, so far, Burdett has gone 144 minutes without letting in a goal. We’ll keep an eye on that stat.

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Curtis Dutiel

Haley Mazzola (22) and Samantha Falasco (3) try to stop a Parceiro attacker. The two are teammates with both FC Tucson and the Arizona Wildcats.

FC Tucson vs. San Diego Parceiro Ladies

Kino North Stadium

Scoring Summary
FCT - Brianna Barreiro (32’)
FCT - Treena Ferguson (47’)

Misconduct Summary
No cautions or ejections

Starting lineups
FC Tucson: Lainey Burdett - Samantha Falasco, Laura Pimienta, Brooke Denesik, McKenzie Grossman, Michelle Hogan - Kelcey Cavarra, Brianna Barreiro, Treena Ferguson, Hailey Mazzola - Jessica Ryabe
San Diego Parceiro Ladies: Kate Hart - Nicole Craig, Cassidy Kanmeyer, Olivia Morse, Ariana Robles, Samantha Staab - Malia Kaleiohi, Gianna Montini, Nikolina Musto - Heather Kaleiohi, Holly Neshat