Tucson, AZ — It was a break in PDL play but FC Tucson didn't take a break from scoring in a 5-2 blowout over Real Phoenix in front of 999 fans. The early arrivers in that crowd also saw a third straight win for Tucson Soccer Academy FC as the ladies defeated Real Salt Lake 4-2.
For the guys it was the second consecutive match FC Tucson has scored at least five goals.
"It was great," said FC Tucson Head Coach Rick Schantz. "Any time you win and you score the goals, (I mean) that's two straight games we put five in the back of the net. We're leading the nation in scoring and you can see why."
Isaac Ikyurav opened the match's scoring in the 8th minute when he beat the goalkeeper one-on-one and slipped the ball into the right side of the net. Then Gabe Silveira extended the lead in the 15th minute when he took a pass from David Clemens and fired a shot inside the near right post.
But FC Tucson let off on the throttle just enough to allow Real Phoenix back into the match. Phoenix benefited from an FC Tucson defensive miscue in the 19th minute and Dre Saldana made the club pay. Then in the 41st minute, former FC Tucson starter Dom Papa beat goalkeeper Michael D'Arrigo to the left far post and tied the match.
"I felt like the starters were trying to be a little bit too tricky," Schantz said. "They were taking the game a little too easy mentally."
Ricardo Velazco salvaged the first half with a pretty goal from outside the top of the box and into the upper right corner in the 45th minute to give the club a 3-2 lead.
Coming out of the second half, FC Tucson played much sharper thanks to a host of halftime subs, according to Schantz. The head coach mentioned that the second-half subs played much quicker and simpler, which allowed them to better control the match.
Schantz singled out two of those subs, newcomers Max Ornstil and Carlos Montes, who both come from Santa Clara. FC Tucson fans should remember Montes' name. He was a regular on the club last season and is only arriving this week because his school year just ended.
Montes wasted no time making an impact. He scored a goal in the 49th minute to extend FC Tucson's lead to 4-2.
"It feels great man," Montes said. "It just feels good to be back in Tucson playing with the team. It felt great to score my first goal in my first game."
FC Tucson will now have five days to prepare for their next match at Fresno on June 22. The game will be the first of three huge league matches coming up for FC Tucson. Following the Fresno match, FC Tucson will have to host the Ventura County Fusion in back-to-back matches at Field 5.
"We know that we can score goals and we can create chances," Silveira said. "So it's going to be good going into this week's practice so we can focus on other things around the field."
In the early match, Karina Camacho's goal early in the 2nd half broke a 1-1 tie and put TSA FC up for good. TSA scored 1st on a penalty kick by Kaitlin Lopez. Jordan Davidson and Shannon Shields also scored goals as Megan Baker got the win in the net.
TSA FC will host the Utah Starrz on Friday night June 28th at 5:15 prior to the 1st of two critical home games for FC Tucson's against Ventura County.
FINAL MATCH STATISTICS
FC TUCSON 5 – REAL PHOENIX 2
FCT: ‘8, 16-Issac Ikyurav; '15, 25-Gabriel Silveira(23-David Clemens); '45, 9- Ricardo Velasco; '49, 7-Carlos Montes; '90, 8-Nigel Hesse
PFC: '18, 9- Dre Saldona; '41, 13-Dom Papa;
Statistics FCT PFC
Shots 20 7
Saves 1 5
Fouls 5 7
Corners 5 3
Offside 5 2
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David Kelly contributed to this story.