A pair of goals by Josh Coan, one in dying second of each half, were enough to wrap up FC Tucson’s season on a high note with a 2-0 victory over Orlando City B at Kino North Stadium on Saturday night.
The strikes, both curling shots, took Coan’s goal total for the season to four, tying him with Shak Adams for the team lead.
The win also meant the Men In Black finished the season at .500 (6-6-4, 22 points) and picked up their fourth win to go with three draws in the last eight matches.
“It’s been an up-and-down year for us and, obviously, we wanted to go out on a high note,” said the 22-year-old Coan. “So it means something to go out there and get three points, end the season well and probably finish in the top half of the table. It can help us build momentum for next season.”
In a first half that saw few viable chances for either team, it was an excellent sequence of three passes by FC Tucson and a bender by Coan that broke the scoreless deadlock. A long ball upfield by Azaad Liadi connected with Giovanni Godoy, who slotted it across the top of the box to Charlie Dennis. The midfielder pushed it along to Coan, who cut it back and then sent a left-footer around goalkeeper Austin Aviza and into the top left-hand corner in the third minute of stoppage time.
“I’m proud of the boys for their great response in the second half of the season,” FC Tucson coach John Galas said. "I don’t want to say it was a comprehensive win, but we defended exceptionally well. We had a clean sheet and we scored two goals.”
FC Tucson goalkeeper Carlos Merancio made one save to pick up his second clean sheet of the season.
In the second half, FC Tucson continued to keep knocking on the door. The Men In Black finished the night with 27 shots, 7 on target, including the last one of the game that doubled Coan’s total in the match. In the 90th, he fired in another left-footed curler for an insurance goal to extend the losing streak of Orlando City B (1-9-3, 6 points) to seven in a row.
“Both of the goals were kind of switching across the field and we did a good job just making the extra pass,” Coan said. “I just found myself open on the far side and was just able to finish it to the far post.”