TUCSON (July 27, 2019) — FC Tucson extends its unbeaten streak to four consecutive matches following a 1-1 draw versus Chattanooga Red Wolves SC on Saturday afternoon. Tucson has now earned five points in its first three road matches of a six-game road trip.
WHAT TO KNOW
● Defender Kyle Venter scored his fourth goal of the season in the 1st minute of play. This marked the second fastest USL League One goal scored this season.
● FC Tucson won 57% of its aerial duels and collected seven interceptions.
In the first minute of play, Devin Vega sent a corner kick into the box in an attempt to execute a set-piece. Forward Jordan Jones was the first FCT player on the ball. But, a powerful header from Jones bounced off the crossbar and rebounded to defender Kyle Venter, who found the back of the net for his fourth goal of the season.
Venter’s spectacular opening goal marks the second fastest goal scored in USL League One history. Fittingly, Tucson gave up the fastest goal in league history when they played at Madison.
The Red Wolves were unable to generate any type of offensive presence in the first half as the two sides entered the locker room at 1-0.
Tucson saw its scoring opportunities dwindle in the second half. The Men in Black were awarded a free kick in the 58th minute that nearly found the back of the net. But midfielder Devin Vega was denied on a shot from nearly 30 yards out.
The Red Wolves eventually found their equalizer in the 68th minute from midfielder Eamon Zayed.
FC Tucson will be back in action on Saturday, August 3rd, when the club returns to Madison, Wisconsin for a matchup against Forward Madison SC . In their last meeting, Forward Madison defeated FC Tucson 2-1 in the two side’s first meeting at Breese Stevens Field.
Kickoff is set for 5pm and the match will be streamed lived via ESPN+.
FC Tucson 1-1 Chattanooga Red Wolves SC
TUC: 1’ , 12-Kyle Venter
CHT: 68’ , 12-Eamond Zayed
CHT: 20’ , 6-Vangjel Zguro (caution)
CHT: 38’ , 10-Steven Beatie (caution)
CHT: 59’ , 22-Connor Doyle (caution)
CHT: 85’ , 3-Jonathan Caparelli (caution)
TUC: 36’ , 28-Andrew Wheeler-Omiunu (caution)
TUC: 45+5’ , 95-Ramone Howell (caution)
TUC: 75’ , 13-Luke Hauswirth (caution)
Starting XI: 24-Phillip Ejimadu, 3-José Terrón, 22-Lamar Batista, 12-Kyle Venter (C), 13-Luke Hauswirth, 95-Ramone Howell, 28-Andrew Wheeler-Omiunu, 15-Devin Vega (33-Kody Wakasa), 11-Jamael Cox (19-Zach Wright), 16-Devyn Jambga (8-Eti Tavares), 99-Jordan Jones
Subs not used: 14-Colin Stripling, 18-Carlos Merancio, 26-Scott Devoss, 50-Erik Virgen
Coach Sawatzky Quotes:
"We scored an early goal and earned a tough road point in a tough place after some tough travel. The second half of the season is here so teams are becoming familiar with each another and their style of play. I'm proud of the way the guys fought tonight to grab a solid point on the road."
On Venter's Opening Goal:
"Devin (Vega) whipped a good corner into the box and Jordan Jones got a hold of it but hit the crossbar. Kyle Venter used his excellent professional experience to score his fourth goal of the season. Whenever we need a goal, he finds it for us."
On Upcoming Visit to Madison:
"We left points on the table the last time we were in Madison. The guys will be excited to return to Breese Stevens Field, it's an awesome environment. But we know what we need to do and we're looking to walk away with three points."