The FC Tucson Women took complete control of the Desert Conference of the Women’s Professional Soccer League (WPSL) on Sunday with a 5-1 victory over Atomic City FC of Las Vegas. Tucson improved to 3-0 on the while Las Vegas fell to 2-1.
Tucson will travel to play FC Arizona (2-2) on Saturday, June 19 at 7 p.m. with the match to be played at Campo Verde High School. FC Tucson Women beat FC Arizona 2-0 on June 9.
In the match, Erin Craig scored on a rebound from Luz Duarte in the 17th minute and Jaden Bailey took a Craig shot to the net in the 48th. Las Vegas cut the lead in half in 56th (Allyssa Larkin) but back-to-back goals in the 65th (Duarte from Haley Harris) and 67th (Bailey) put the match out of reach and a final goal in the 90th (Craig) minute made it 5-1 on a put-back from Giselle Mata.
An expansion team, Atomic City FC will visit Tucson on June 25 at 7 p.m. at the Kino North Stadium. Ticket INFO.
The WPSL will not have playoffs this year due to continued pandemic issues with travel so each conference will crown a champion. The FC Tucson Women won the Pac South Conference championship in 2018 under former head coach Amy Garelick. Former player and current head coach Kelly Pierce was named West Region Pac South Conference Desert Division Coach of the Year the following summer and the program earned its second Franchise of the Year award. There was no season in 2020.
LINK: WIN OVER FC ARIZONA
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