FC Tucson took to the road Saturday night to play the Richmond Kickers in Virginia and came up short 1-0, missing an opportunity to gain three points in the USL League One standings.
The organization faced its former coach Darren Sawatzky of Richmond. Sawatzky coached FC Tucson in 2019 and went 8-11-9.
FC Tucson (4-6-4, 16 points) has dropped two consecutive games. Richmond (5-5-5, 20 points) picked up three points with the victory.
The Men In Black will look to get back on track Saturday against North Texas FC at Kino North Stadium. The match begins at 7 p.m. North Texas FC (4-5-4) is tied with FC Tucson at 16 points in the standings.
North Carolina FC (2-7-3) is in last place right below FC Tucson and North Texas FC with nine points.
The only goal Saturday night against FC Tucson came via a penalty kick in the 18th minute from Richmond’s Emiliano Terzaghi.
Goals were hard to come by despite coach Jon Pearlman’s call for more offense.
FC Tucson shot 30 times in the match, having eight on target.
The Kickers remained conservative for the rest of the match, only shooting a total of nine times. Wallis Lapsley had to save one shot.
Charlie Dennis of FC Tucson nearly tied the match with a couple of shots in the 64th minute. Max Schenfield also had an opportunity to score but was denied at the cross bar.
Saturday’s match at Kino North Stadium is Teacher Appreciation Night, with schools able to claim up to 25 percent of the ticket revenue. Partner schools will receive a special ticket link where $5 from every $15 ticket sold will be returned to the school.
Tickets can be purchased at FCTucson.com/Tickets.
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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 and he wrestled.