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No Triumph for Greenville: FC Tucson bests visitors

Two more for Adams in victory

  • Tucson attacker Deri Corfe attempts to slip past a tackle from the Greenville defense.
    Joshua Pearson/TucsonSentinel.comTucson attacker Deri Corfe attempts to slip past a tackle from the Greenville defense.
  • Family and friends of Greenville defender Cesar Murillo drove out from El Paso to support him against FC Tucson.
    Joshua Pearson/TucsonSentinel.comFamily and friends of Greenville defender Cesar Murillo drove out from El Paso to support him against FC Tucson.
  • Tucson's Charlie Dennis celebrates the team's 2-1 win over Greenville.
    Joshua Pearson/TucsonSentinel.comTucson's Charlie Dennis celebrates the team's 2-1 win over Greenville.
  • FC Tucson players thank the fans for their support after defeating Greenville Triumph.
    Joshua Pearson/TucsonSentinel.comFC Tucson players thank the fans for their support after defeating Greenville Triumph.
  • FC Tucson captain Dakota Barnathan seemed happy with the result.
    Joshua Pearson/TucsonSentinel.comFC Tucson captain Dakota Barnathan seemed happy with the result.
  • Tucson's Charlie Dennis moves the ball through midfield.
    Joshua Pearson/TucsonSentinel.comTucson's Charlie Dennis moves the ball through midfield.
  • Game-winner Shak Adams was all smiles after the match.
    Joshua Pearson/TucsonSentinel.comGame-winner Shak Adams was all smiles after the match.
  • Greenville goalkeeper Paul Christensen gets to a corner just ahead of Tucson's Deri Corfe.
    Joshua Pearson/TucsonSentinel.comGreenville goalkeeper Paul Christensen gets to a corner just ahead of Tucson's Deri Corfe.
  • Tucson midfielder Mo Kone jumps highest at a corner kick against Greenville Triumph.
    Joshua Pearson/TucsonSentinel.comTucson midfielder Mo Kone jumps highest at a corner kick against Greenville Triumph.
  • Greenville brought a physical game to Tucson.
    Joshua Pearson/TucsonSentinel.comGreenville brought a physical game to Tucson.
  • Tucson midfielder Charlie Dennis competes with Jacob Goodall for a header.
    Joshua Pearson/TucsonSentinel.comTucson midfielder Charlie Dennis competes with Jacob Goodall for a header.
  • Players from both teams watch as the ball crashes down into the box after a missed clearance from a corner kick.
    Joshua Pearson/TucsonSentinel.comPlayers from both teams watch as the ball crashes down into the box after a missed clearance from a corner kick.
  • Tucson forward Shak Adams took control of the match with two goals against Greenville.
    Joshua Pearson/TucsonSentinel.comTucson forward Shak Adams took control of the match with two goals against Greenville.
  • Tucson forward Shak Adams fires in a cross from the edge of the box.
    Joshua Pearson/TucsonSentinel.comTucson forward Shak Adams fires in a cross from the edge of the box.

It was, like every game in this half of the season, a must-win for FC Tucson on Saturday night at Kino North Stadium. The local soccer side earned the victory they needed with a triumph over the visitors from Greenville powered by a brace from second-year forward Shak Adams.

Weather delayed the start of the game for over an hour, and much of the early action in the match happened in the midfield. It took until the closing seconds of the first half for Charlie Dennis to get the ball near the center circle and connect with a rushing Adams. His shot went by Greenville keeper Paul Christensen.

Adams lengthened the lead just before the hour mark when he was the third on a combination of passes by Giovanni Calixtro and Noah Franke. He easily buried the shot from point-blank range.

A defensive let off in stoppage time gave Greenville’s Don Smart slipped past the defense and slotted it past Tucson keeper Wallis Lapsley. With no time left to equalize, FC Tucson came away with their second win in a row.

A quick check of the stats after the match showed Adams with only two shots, both of them found home. After the second goal, his efforts went into setting up goals for other players rather than to try to get the hat trick.

“I’m not very selfish,” he said. “I was trying to get Toby (Uzo) a goal and Deri (Corfe) a goal...they haven’t scored in a while. If I can get them started...then we can get flying.”

Despite the win, there were problems in the offense. Adams’s shots were almost a third of the tally recorded by the entire team. Coach Jon Pearlman acknowledged the issue after the match.

“The two goals were tremendous...there were spurts where we were very good on the ball,” he said. “We were zigging when we should have zagged...the decision making in the final third is very hard...would I say this is our finest performance, no.”

With the win at Ft. Lauderdale this makes six points in the last seven days for the team. It hasn’t moved them up on the league table, they are still in 11th place, but it puts them only three points away from a playoff position.

The team is scheduled to fly to Foxboro, Mass., to play New England Revolution II on Wednesday night and followed by a Saturday night match in Dallas against North Texas.

FC Tucson vs. Greenville Triumph SC

Kino North Stadium

Scoring Summary
TUC - Shak Adams (45’)
TUC - Adams (58’)
GRN - Don Smart (90')

Misconduct Summary
TUC - Mohammed Kone (caution, violent foul, 30’)
GRN - Max Hennings (caution, delaying play, 40’)

Lineups

FC Tucson: Wallis Lapsley - Noah Franke, Maxi Schenfeld, Dakota Barnathan, Kaelon Fox - Mohamed Kone, João Delgado (Jordan Peña 64’), Charlie Dennis (Daniel Bedoya 86’’) - Giovanni Calixtro (Tobenna Uzo 64’), Shak Adams (Alex Knox 86’), Kevin Rodriguez (Deri Corfe 22’)

Greenville Triumph SC: Paul Christensen - Abdi Mohamed, Jacob Goodall (William Mejia 75’), Brandon Fricke (Allen Gavilanes 68’), Evan Lee - Maxwell Hemmings, Andrew Booth, Aaron Walker, Tyler Polak - Marios Lomis (Don Smart 59’), Joshua Donnelly

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