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Despite a dozen shots, FC Tucson drops match at home to Ogden

Team registers 12 shots, only one finds home

It's gotten to the point when a fan would be right to wonder if FC Tucson was only going to play Ogden City SC over and over again until the summer was over. Their two U.S. Open Cup matches and the win against Albuquerque on May 12 seem to be last season.

The soccer team's eight-day, four-match series against Ogden ended on Saturday night at Kino North Stadium with a surprising 2 - 1 loss.

It looked like the team scored an early goal just like Friday night when Damian German found the back of the net, but the goal was quickly called off for offside. A minute later, a similar looking goal from Ogden's Lui Leme made it past Tucson's Briley Guarneri to put Tucson behind.

Tensions between the two teams had been building over the course of the previous three matches, so it shouldn't have been a surprise that there would be an eruption early in the match. Chippy play between Ogden defender Aaron Caprio and German resulted in a minor wrestling match and yellow cards for both.

Tate Schmitt, making his first start of the season, made a challenge at Ogden's keeper Tyler Trump. Trump went down momentarily, but kept Schmitt from scoring.

FC Tucson earned three free kicks from dangerous positions, none of which found the goal. Neither did a 39th minute shot from Julian Gaona. FC Tucson was knocking at the door, but hadn't gotten in yet.

The second half started with FC Tucson again having the better of the offense. Gaona had two more chances that didn't score. Jarom Farnsworth, who came on for Ogden in the second half, took advantage of a defensive error to lengthen the lead to two.

Another fight erupted in the FC Tucson penalty area, with a card this time for substitute Tucson midfielder Isaias German. German redeemed himself in stoppage time with a goal. Unfortunately for the home team, there was no time for a second goal.

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"It's asking a lot of the players to turn around and play again in 24 hours," said assistant coach Kier Cochran. "Credit to Ogden for getting the early goal...it's hard to break down when you've got eleven guys behind the ball."

"It's just one of those nights. I was happy with the chances we created," he continued. "We created enough chances tonight. Fatigue plays into it...I'd be more concerned if we didn't create chances."

The loss leaves FC Tucson with six points from four meetings with Ogden City, nine points on the season so far. They are scheduled for matches next week with Colorado Pride, an affiliate of the Colorado Switchbacks, on Friday and Saturday.

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Ogden's defense always seemed to be a step ahead of the Tucson attack throughout the night's match.

FC Tucson vs. Ogden City SC

Kino North Stadium

Scoring Summary

OGD - Gui Leme (5’)

OGD - Jarom Farnsworth (65’)

FCT - Alejandro Gonzalez (90’+)

Misconduct Summary

OGD - Aaron Caprio (caution, 10’)

FCT - Damian German (caution, 10’)

FCT - Isaias German (caution, 90’+)

FC Tucson: Briley Guarneri - Ryan Scarpulla, Henry Lander (Kyle Van Alstine 65’), James McGhee, Gavino Carranza (Diego Silva 36’, Alejandro Gonzalez 52’) - Miguel Salazar, Julian Gaona (Yuki Tatsuma 58’), Angel Heredia, Dalton Pando - Damian German, Tate Schmitt

Ogden City SC: Tyler Trump - Gavin Flitton, Alex Neff, Aaron Caprio, Matt Lockwood (Payden Pemberton 62’) - Easton Embley, Carlos Becerra, Amer Sasivarevic (Jarom Farnsworth 57’), Gui Leme, Landen Carlson - Skyler Milne