For the second season in a row, one goal proved to be the difference in a conference championship and staying home for the FC Tucson Women. A 1-0 loss to SC del Sol in the final match of the season handed the Desert Conference championship to the team from the Phoenix area and SC del Sol will now host the West Region playoffs starting on Saturday.
The team finished the summer season with an even 3-2-3 record that included a 4-2 win over SC del Sol in June and two draws against FC Royals, arguably the hottest team in the conference in the second half of the season. The Royals beat SC del Sol 3-0 on July 1 to open the door for FC Tucson Women.
Former Walden Grove and Pima standout Meredith Scott led the team with six goals and one assist, Kortney Kutscher had two goals and three assists and former Arizona standout Jaden Bailey had three assists. Former Mountain View and Arizona standout Laura Pimienta had two goals as did former Salpointe standout Sydney Lenhart.
The FC Tucson Men are currently sitting in second place in the Southwest Division of the USL League 2 after beating Redlands FC 3-0 on July 8 at the Kino North Stadium. Jose Contell, Carlos Almendariz, and Adrian Camacho scored and Casper Mols recorded his third clean sheet in four matches. Camacho was named Player of the Match.
FC Tucson (6-1-4 in league play) was set to host the Coronado Athletic Club Tuesday night at Mica Mountain High School but lightning caused a weather cancellation with Tucson up 1-0. FC Tucson is still undefeated at home and unbeaten in their last eight matches, including four straight victories.
The last home match of the season is slated for Saturday night at Kino against Arizona Arsenal (2-7-2). It will be “Fan Appreciation Night,” presented by Puebla Vida featuring $1 hot dogs and tickets starting at only $9.
FC Tucson has 22 points on the year and Ventura County has 25. The Fusion will visit Redlands (6-2-2) Saturday night. Redlands has 20 points. This could make for an exciting weekend in the Southwest Division.
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 email@example.com