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FC Tucson’s Lapsey earns honor shutting out North Texas SC in draw

Goaltender Wallis Lapsley has been a consistent bright spot for FC Tucson this season (FC Tucson photo)

FC Tucson took a trip to Frisco, Texas, to take on North Texas SC on Saturday night and it was definitely one of the more scrappy matches of the season in the scoreless draw.

Wallis Lapsley had another stellar performance, saving five shots including a diving stop on a first-half penalty kick. He was named to the Cleer Audio USL League One Team of the Week.

Three red cards were handed out in the match, two to FC Tucson (2-3-3) and one to North Texas SC (3-3-2).

Noah Franke was the first player to leave the pitch at the 57-minute mark. Gio Calixtro left as well after picking up his second yellow card outside of the 90th minute in bonus time.

Despite the disadvantage of having only nine men on the pitch, FC Tucson made the most of their possessions, threatening to score on many possessions.

Lapsley dove to his right to stop Alex Bruce’s penalty kick in the 41st minute, and also knocked away the rebound.

He denied a shot by Bruce in the 38th minute and turned away a header by North Texas fullback Kazu in the 50th minute.

Lapsley has made league-leading 33 saves in eight starts for FC Tucson. It was his first shutout.

FC Tucson and will head to Papillon, Neb., on Saturday to take on Union Omaha at 5 p.m. The match will stream live on ESPN+.

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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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