TUCSON (August 30, 2019) — FC Tucson improved its home unbeaten streak to seven consecutive matches following a 1-0 victory over Chattanooga Red Wolves SC.
WHAT TO KNOW
● Forward Jordan Jones scored in his fourth consecutive match.
● Goalkeeper Phillip Ejimadu collected his fourth clean sheet of the season.
● FC Tucson is just one point out of a playoff spot.
FC Tucson’s lone goal came in the 16th minute and was the result of a Chattanooga penalty in the box.
Midfielder Devyn Jambga sprinted down the left-flank and played a beautiful ball to forward Jordan Jones inside of the Red Wolves’ box. But a Chattanooga defender took Jones down in the box as he attempted his shot on frame.
Jones stepped up to the spot and coolly hit the back of the net to register his seventh goal of the season.
In the 33rd minute, midfielder Erik Virgen nearly doubled the team’s lead after hitting the crossbar from the top of the Red Wolves’ box. Jambga hopped on the deflected shot and sent a shot on target but the Chattanooga goalkeeper easily collected the ball to keep the score 1-0.
Protecting a one-goal lead in the second half, the FC Tucson backline combined for 15 tackles, four blocked shots, and an 80 percent tackle success rate.
Goalkeeper Phillip Ejimadu registered his fourth clean sheet of the season, moving him into fourth all-time in club history for clean sheets in a season.
FC Tucson remains in 7th place in the league table, but its 31 points is just one point out of the fourth and final playoff spot. FC Tucson has a game in hand on Forward Madison, who currently sits in fourth place with 32 points.
FC Tucson returns home on Friday, September 6th, when the club plays red-hot Lansing Ignite FC, who will come into Kino Sports Complex unbeaten in its last nine matches.
Kickoff is set for 7:30 pm and the match will be streamed live via ESPN+.
FC Tucson 1-0 Chattanooga Red Wolves SC
TUC: 15’ , 99-Jordan Jones
TUC: 38’ , 13-Hauswirth (caution)
TUC: 38’ , 33-Wakasa (caution)
CHT: 86’ , 9-Mare (caution)
Starting XI: 24-Phillip Ejimadu, 22-Lamar Batista, 33-Kody Wakasa, 12-Kyle Venter (C), 13-Luke Hauswirth, 28-Andrew Wheeler-Omiunu, 50-Erik Virgen, 95-Ramone Howell, 16-Devyn Jambga (3-José Terrón), 9-Guillermo Delgado (19-Zach Wright), 99-Jordan Jones
Subs not used: 8-Eti Tavares, 10-Luis Martinez, #17-Karsten Hanlin,18-Carlos Merancio, 26- Scott DeVoss