No Triumph for Greenville: FC Tucson bests visitors
Two more for Adams in victory
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.