It was a beautiful Saturday at the Kino North Sports Complex, the wind was blowing just right, the sun was setting perfectly, the fans were ready in the nearly-filled home stands and FC Tucson was gearing up to play a formidable opponent in FC Toronto II.
It was an entertaining game in front of 747 fans from start to finish, both teams played incredible defense and threatened to score numerous times before they ended with a 1-1 tie.
FC Toronto II scored first 25 minutes into the match on a goal by Themi Antonoglou.
At the 45-minute mark, FC Tucson’s Geo Calixtro scored off of a header to tie the game 1-1. The game was locked up from there.
— Nathaniel Martinez (@NateMartTSports) June 6, 2021
Calixtro scored off a cross pass from Daniel Bedoya at the far post for his first goal of the season to go with three assists. Bedoya was named to the USL League One Team of the Week for his performance.
“So I got into the box and I knew Danny has good service. I saw the ball coming in and just tried my best to just make an impact and I did,” Calixtro said.
Overall, FC Tucson (2-2-2) played a terrific game, as they worked their pass to get a shot eight times. The players and coaches were happy with their performances.
“We felt pretty good especially coming off the last game I was in, I worked really hard and tried to get back into it,” said midfielder Shak Adams, referring to FC Tucson’s 2-1 win at FC North Carolina last week.
“Even though I didn’t score, I was still trying to make an impact and try to influence the game a little bit, which I felt like I improved a lot, especially during training. So, I hope to improve a lot and continue that through the next game.”
FC Tucson has yet to lose at home, finishing with a tie in both games to this point. They will go for their first win at Kino North on Saturday at 7 p.m. against the Chattanooga Red Wolves SC.
“We haven’t lost at home, so it feels a little like a loss just in the sense that we rattled the cross bar late in the game,” FC Tucson coach John Galas said about the game with FC Toronto II. “But overall, a really good performance from the boys. They stuck to the game plan well, tactically they were sharp.
“We did some really good things and we got back to some of the things we were really good at which is possession, creating chances, and being a little more dominant in those areas.”
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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.