CARY, N.C. — Louis Perez hit a screamer on the volley in the 81st minute to give FC Tucson a 1-1 draw against North Carolina FC at WakeMed Soccer Park.
The draw on the road earned FC Tucson a valuable point and kept the club’s USL League One playoff hopes alive.
FC Tucson held a 60% possession advantage and outshot North Carolina FC 17-10, including 6-3 in shots on target.
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However a strike by Showkat Tahir in the 18th minute gave North Carolina (6-11-5, 23 points) a 1-0 lead..
The draw leaves FC Tucson at 4-11-4 (17 points).
- “We went for the win. Obviously, we were glad to get that goal. We need to hit the frame. Seventeen shots in the match, but none of them was a good as that last one.” – FC Tucson Head Coach Jon Pearlman
- “These guys have no quit in them. The guy kept fighting. I love coaching these guys. It shows we can play anyobody on the road. We’re always going to go for the win and wherever that takes us, that takes us.” – Pearlman
- “Louis is our best chance generator, our best play maker and our best scorer. He just needed one moment of brilliance and he proved why you can’t leave him alone even for a second.” – Pearlman
FC Tucson travels to Fresno on Wednesday to take on eighth-place Central Valley Fuego FC (7-8-6, 27 points) before returning home on Saturday against sixth-place Charlotte Independence (8-8-6, 30 points). The Labor Day weekend match at Kino North Stadium (BUY TICKETS) will feature fireworks following the game..