FC Tucson

Lespley and Dennis shine as FC Tucson falls short

Some information for this report provided by FC Tucson media relations.

It was a frustrating night on Saturday at Kino North Complex as FC Tucson played a rather chippy match against the FC Chattanooga Red Wolves.

Many yellow cards were pulled as both teams were jawing back and forth, even getting into it a couple of times with the officials.

Despite a late rally, and a tremendous effort from midfielder Charlie Dennis, FC Tucson lost 3-2.

FC Tucson goalie Wallis Lepsley was busy saving 10 shots on goal against the FC Chattanooga Red Wolves (FC Tucson photo)

Dennis came off the bench and scored both goals for his team, the first at the 61st minute and the other at the 85th minute.

“Charlie really gave us a boost of good energy. He made a good impact which was exactly what we needed from him,” FC Tucson coach John Galas said.

Dennis took a pass from Deri Corfe and and scored 25 yards to cut the deficit to 2-1 in the 61st minute.

In the 85th minute, he left-footed to the goal a Daniel Bedoya free kick to tie the game at 2.

Only four minutes later, Juan Galindrez put Chattanooga ahead for good.

Goalkeeper Wallis Lepsley showed a defensive clinic with 10 saves. Chattanooga outshot FC Tucson 23-10.

 The Men in Black’s record is now 2-3-2 with eight points in the standings. Chattanooga is 4-1-1 with 13 points.

FC Tucson will take on North Texas SC in Arlington, Texas, on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. at Globe Life Park.


Nathaniel Martinez is an aspiring sports journalist who is a Sahuaro High School graduate and Pima Community College student. He has written for the Aztec Press at Pima. While at Sahuaro, he played football for longtime coach Scott McKee.

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