TUCSON (September 6, 2019) — FC Tucson’s seven-match home unbeaten streak ended in a 5-0 loss to Lansing Ignite FC at Kino North Stadium.
WHAT TO KNOW
● FC Tucson registered a passing accuracy of 73.4%.
● FC Tucson recorded four blocked shots.
In the opening minutes, midfielder Erik Virgen received a through-ball, dribbled around two Lansing defenders, and took a powerful strike that sailed over the cross-bar.
Moments later, in the 9th minute, midfielder Ramone Howell surpassed Lansing’s Ivo Cerda to find forward Jordan Jones on the run. Jones created separation from the Lansing defense to get a clear shot on frame. But the ball was deflected by Lansing GK Stefan Cleveland. Virgen quickly hopped on the rebound ball but couldn’t capitalize on the finish.
Lansing Ignite had better luck in the final third.
Patio Botello-Faz scored the opening goal in the 16th minute and followed up with his second goal of the night in the 26th minute to make it 2-0. His teammate Tumi Moshobane scored in the 33rd minute to close out the first-half scoring and give Ignite FC a 3-0 lead.
FC Tucson recorded more shots in the second half, nearly doubling their first-half total.
Virgen, Zach Wright and, Luke Hauswirth all had prime chances but Lansing goalkeeper Stefan Cleveland stood strong between the pipes, making five saves en route to his seventh clean sheet of the season.
Defender Rhys Williams netted Lansing Ignite’s third goal of the night in the 60th minute.
Moshobane collected his second goal of the night, and his club’s final tally, in the dying moments of stoppage time.
FC Tucson will be back in action on Friday, September 13th, when the club travels to Greenville, SC to take on Greenville Triumph SC for the final time this season.
Kickoff is set for 4:00 pm and the match will be streamed live via ESPN+.
FC Tucson 0-5 Lansing Ignite FC
LAN: 16’ , 19-Pato Botello-Faz
LAN: 26’ , 19-Pato Botello-Faz
LAN: 33’ , 23-Tumi Moshobane
LAN: 60’ , 2-Rhys Williams
LAN: 90+3’ , 23-Tumi Moshobane
LAN: 12’ , 14-Nick Moon (caution)
TUC: 28’ , 28-Andrew Wheeler-Omiunu (caution)
TUC: 62’ , 12-Kyle Venter (caution)
TUC: 76’ , 22-Lamar Batista (caution)
Starting XI: 24-Phillip Ejimadu, 22-Lamar Batista, 33-Kody Wakasa(8-Eti Tavares), 12-Kyle Venter (C), 13-Luke Hauswirth, 28-Andrew Wheeler-Omiunu (17-Karsten Hanlin), 50-Erik Virgen, 95-Ramone Howell, 16-Devyn Jambga, 9-Guillermo Delgado (19-Zach Wright), 99-Jordan Jones
Subs not used: 3-José Terrón,14-Colin Stripling, 18-Carlos Merancio, 26- Scott DeVoss