FC Tucson ends 2022 season with tie vs. Madison
Delgado equalizes in second half, but los Tucsonenses can't pass Forward
There wasn’t much for either FC Tucson or Forward Madison to play for on Saturday night at Kino Stadium, but both wanted to end the season on somewhat of a high note. In the end, neither team got the win.
The scoring opened with Matheus Cassini, who took advantage of a gap in the FC Tucson’s defense (astronomers would say a Cassini Division) and had the time to set up a shot to beat Tucson keeper Carlos Merancio in the 28th minute.
FC Tucson’s equalizers came in the opening minute of the second half. A pass from out wide went to Charlie Machell. The English midfielder headed it to Tarn Weir. Weir’s shot was deflected but the keeper was too far out to react when João Delgado flicked the ball towards the goal.
It was Delgado’s first goal of the season.
FC Tucson had the better of the shots after that, but they couldn’t get the equalizer. The team’s best chance came from what looked to be a sure show from Tevin Shaw, but Madison defender Eric Leonard saved it from the goal line.
The draw meant FC Tucson ended their season in 10th place, one from the bottom of the league table. A poor record for the spring and summer meant that the team put the playoffs out of reach even with an undefeated September. The team hoped to at least end the season on a high note.
“Obviously, we wanted to send the fans off with a win,” said defender Kaelon Fox. “We just wanted to go for three and, yeah, one is not good enough.”
“It was indicative of the season: missed opportunities,” said coach Jon Pearlman. “I don’t want to dwell too much on the particular details.”
“I’m disappointed but we’ll be back stronger,” Pearlman added.