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FC Tucson extends unbeaten streak by defeating Union Omaha for first time

FC Tucson’s Maxi Schenfeld (19) passes the ball past Union Omaha’s Devin Boyce (20) in the first half during a United Soccer League match at Morrison Stadium Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021, in Omaha, Neb. (By Rebecca S. Gratz for FC Tucson)

FC Tucson will return to Kino North Stadium on Saturday with another three points after defeating second-place Union Omaha — a team that beat the Men in Black all three times previously this season — by a score of 1-0 on Saturday at Creighton, Neb.

The match was played in a different location due to Union Omaha’slstadium being used for minor-league baseball. This time, the clubs played at Morrison Stadium at Crieghton University, which is the alma mater of FC Tucson’s Noah Franke.

This latest win extends the Men in Black’s unbeaten streak to seven games (five of which have been on the road) and propelled them ahead of the Greenville Triumph (8-7-8, 32 points) for third place in the USL League One standings.

FC Tucson now has a winning record of 9-8-6 with 33 points. It is seven points behind first-place Chattanooga Red Wolves SC (10-3-10) and five behind Union Omaha (10-3-8).

FC Tucson will play North Texas SC (7-7-9, 30 points) at Kino North on Saturday for Hispanic Heritage Night. The game will start at 7 p.m and can be streamed live on ESPN Plus.

The Men in Black need to stay in the top six to qualify for the postseason. No. 7 teams South Georgia Tormenta SC and Forward Madison FC have 29 points.

Charlie Dennis scored FC Tucson’s only goal Saturday in the seventh minute.

Maxi Schenfeld knocked in a goal right before that was not allowed. The pass was originally meant for Daniel Bedoya, who was tackled by a Union Omaha defender before the ball could get to him, leaving Schenfeld to clean it up.

in an odd sequence, the goal did not count due to a penalty of the defender tackling Bedoya, leaving Dennis to kick in the penalty shot in the low right corner of the goal.

Each of FC Tucson’s previous losses to Union Omaha have been by only one goal. Union Omaha last beat FC Tucson 1-0 at Kino North in August.

Union Omaha also lost on its home turf for the first time this season.

Union Omaha shot 18 times at the net, with one being on target. Omaha’s best chance came in the 82nd minute via a penalty kick. The kick was just out of goalkeeper Wallis Lapsley’s range but bounced off of the low corner of the goal post.

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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.

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