FC Tucson Women post win; Men earn draw in oddball match
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FC Tucson Women post win; Men earn draw in oddball match

Women's squad leapfrog to 1st place after emphatic defeat of Pateadores

FC Tucson Women 3 - Pateadores 0

It can be frustrating for players and fans of FC Tucson Women to see so many scoring opportunities not end up being goals. Friday night, for example, 16 shots were taken by the home side at Kino Stadium but only one ended up in the back of the net.

Given the thermometer, even at the 7:30 p.m. kickoff time, read somewhere between “hot” and “infernal,” a bit of listlessness can be excused.

“I think they thought they were in hell,” coach Amy Garelick said of the visiting team, Pateadores. “I think the tempo of play was so slow because of that. The first foul didn’t come until the 16th minute. Very boring … the heat had something to do with it. We were able to take advantage and finish them off.”

And finish off they did: FC Tucson defeated Pateadores 3 – 0.

Both teams played a sluggish first half, but FC Tucson had a clear advantage over the visitors. Those 16 shots that they had were matched with a total of zero attempted by Pateadores.

Despite the barrage, FC Tucson didn’t get their first goal until minute 39. It wasn’t from the forwards, but from defenders Analisa Marquez and Mykaylin Rosenquist combining off of a free kick.

In the second half, forward Mackenzie German-Johnson sent the ball to midfielder Priscilla Pimienta, who sent it across the goal to just inside the far post.

German-Johnson recorded a second in minute 65. She sent the ball to Sam Monahan, who was left unmarked outside of the box. She had plenty of time to set up a long distance shot.

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“I thought I’d give it a go,” said Monahan. “It actually went in for me. It was good.”

The win gave the team three points and, for the first time since they have been in the Pacific-South Division, first place. FC Tucson has a chance to extend their lead with a match against fourth place Legends at Kino on Saturday night. Kick off is at 7:30 p.m.

FC Tucson Men 2 - BYU Cougars 2

Not to cast aspersions on anyone, of course, but if you were to pick any member of the FC Tucson coaching staff who would do something worthy of getting tossed out of a match, you would probably not pick assistant Jose Miranda. You might attribute some of his frustration on Friday night to the fact that he’s been the team’s driver this week on an extended Rocky Mountain road trip (the team tied Real Colorado 1 – 1 on Wednesday). Still, the fact that he earned himself a trip off the field tells you a lot about the rather chaotic match FC Tucson played in Provo.

FC Tucson went into the second half against BYU Cougars down by Miranda and two goals. Luis Martinez pulled one back for Los Tucsonenses in minute 51. A 53rd minute free kick seemed to be a good chance to tie things up.

Pedro Espindola got into a tussle with a BYU player while setting up the kick. That earned him straight red card.

A man down, FC Tucson continued to fight for that second goal. They earned it minutes later thanks to wide back Devante Dubose.

Still, the game continued to deteriorate. As the game went on, both teams had serious issues with the refereeing. Five BYU and two FC Tucson players saw yellow cards as the match went into the final minute. By way of being fair, perhaps, referee Jeff Gaston evened out the two squads with a 90th minute red to BYU’s Ryan Botcherby. FC Tucson’s Merlin Hoeckendorff was shown a caution as well.

If FC Tucson and BYU want to put the match behind them, they will have to wait. They will be playing each other again on Saturday night.

Ted Prezelski writes about all things soccer, fútbol and piłka nożna for TucsonSentinel.com and at the blog How Flair is Punished (mindingthe.net).

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Priscilla Pimienta (12) celebrates with teammates Karina Camacho (3) and Sam Monahan (24) after scoring FC Tucson's second goal.