It was a rather nail biting week for soccer in AZ between FC Tucson’s last minute US Open Cup success, FC Arizona’s goalless tie down in OC, and Sean Wright-Phillips last minute screamer for Phoenix Rising. This week really was an example of why we love soccer so much!
US Open Cup Round 1: Colorado Rush 1 FC Tucson 3
It all started down in Tucson on Wednesday night as FC Tucson entertained Colorado Rush in the US Open Cup 1st Round. The home side ran out deserved 3-1 winners but needed late goals from Perez and Pinheiro to seal their place in the 2nd round.
FC Tucson: Vallilo, Hinkson (Hall 90), Pineda, Vasquez, Harguindeguy (Carranza 79), Polster, Berumen, Perez, Schmitt, Delmonte, Pinheiro
Goals: Vasquez (3), Perez (89), Pinheiro (90+4)
PDL: FC Tucson 2 San Diego Zest 0
Saturday saw FC Tucson travel down to San Diego Zest on PDL league duty. FC Tucson recorded a very impressive 2-0 victory with second half goals from Krutzen (72) and Perez (80). Tucson now holds a (1-1-1) record.
Goals: Krutzen (72), Perez (80)
USL: OKC Energy 1 Phoenix Rising 2
Phoenix Rising entertained OKC Energy in the USL Western Conference, a team they had not had much success against in recent years, at the Phoenix Rising Soccer complex on Saturday night. A 94th-minute winner from Rising’s Sean Wright-Phillips secured a 2-1 victory and a most welcomed 3 points. Rising move to a (3-3-0) record.
Phoenix Rising: Cohen; Vasquez, Stewart, Ramage, Wakasa, Watson, Riggi (Johnson, 30), Rooney (Timm, 26), Wright-Phillips, Cortez, Bravo.
Goals: Johnson (51), Wright-Phillips (90+4)
NPSL: Orange County FC 0 FC Arizona 0
NPSL league leaders FC Arizona travelled down to fellow undefeated Orange County FC on league duty on Saturday night. A hard-fought match ended in a 0-0 stalemate. This is the second time this season these teams have played out a goalless tie. Unfortunately for Arizona, second place Riverside picked up a 7-1 victory on the road to bottom side Angels to regain top spot. FC Arizona’s record is now (6-0-3)
FC Arizona: Salama, Mexia, Weber, Coba, Guse, Aguilar, Paul, Rodriguez, Jermy, McAvoy (Sanchez, 35), Rivera (LaMarca, 65)