— Andy Morales (@AndyMorales8) June 11, 2023
Down 1-0 late in the match at Utah Royals FC Arizona, FC Tucson Women drew even on a cross from Ariana Leamons (New Mexico State) to Shannon Simon (Washington). That goal kept FC Tucson Women undefeated at 1-0-1 to stay in the mix of the Desert Conference with the Royals (1-1-1).
“Very proud of the team for battling and grinding after falling behind early in the match,” head coach Kelly Pierce said. “I thought we had great opportunities throughout and had some good possessions as well. Have to give credit to the veterans of the team, they led the way and the younger players were right there with them impacting the game for the better. As always, we have things to work on and improve on but overall pleased with their response on the road.”
Courtney Fernau (New Mexico) connected on an assist from Ellie Johannes (Indiana) to put the Royals up early in the match.
Tucson hosts the Arizona Arsenal Soccer Club (1-1) on Wednesday, June 14 at Kino North Stadium at 7 p.m.
Named one of “Arizona’s Heart & Sol” by KOLD and Casino del Sol, Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as the top high school reporter in 2014, he was awarded the Ray McNally Award in 2017 and a 2019 AZ Education News recognition. He was a youth, high school and college coach for over 30 years. He was the first in Arizona to write about high school beach volleyball and high school girls wrestling and his unique perspective can only be found here and on AZPreps365.com. Andy is a Southern Arizona voting member of the Ed Doherty Award, recognizing the top football player in Arizona, and he was named a Local Hero by the Tucson Weekly for 2016. Andy was named an Honorary Flowing Wells Caballero in 2019, became a member of the Sunnyside Los Mezquites Cross Country Hall of Fame in 2021 and he was a member of the Amphi COVID-19 Blue Ribbon Committee. He earned a Distinguished Service Award from Amphitheater and he was recognized by City Councilman Richard Fimbres. Contact Andy Morales at firstname.lastname@example.org