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FC Tucson women keep hopes alive with Vegas win

Teenager Flavia Burrell earns clean sheet

Goals from Kailey Peña and Jordan Davidson, along with a strong defensive performance, earned FC Tucson a crucial three points against Players SC on Saturday in Las Vegas. It is the team's last road trip of the season.

Tucson's back line, this time headed up by centerback Laura Pimenta, held the team from Sin City scoreless in the first half. Still, it took many looks at goal from the offense before the visitors got on the board. 

In stoppage time, Peña found the back of the net. The Rio Rancho native and Grambling Tiger has not made many appearances for the team due to injury.

Like the first half, it took the team a while in the second half to score. Davidson snuck one past the Players SC keeper in the 80th minute.

Sixteen-year-old goalkeeper Flavia Burrell, a junior at Catalina Foothills, earned the shutout for the team.

The team's final match is on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at Kino North Stadium. They need a win in that match against Phoenix Del Sol to have a shot at the playoffs.

And the Men...

After two road losses, FC Tucson's men's side hopes to earn a win on Wednesday with a match against Toronto FC II. Kickoff is at 7 pm at Kino North Stadium and will be followed by fireworks.

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Any by the way, Tucson’s Alex Bowman became the first Arizona driver to win a NASCAR Cup Series race,  Sunday at Chicagoland Speedway.

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FC Tucson's Laura Pimienta fends off an attack from Players SC. Pimienta returned to her centerback role in the absence of Micaela Hornstein.