A packed Kino Sports North Grandstand cheered on FC Tucson as the local squad scored a game-winning goal in stoppage time during their first playoff game at home.
Thousands of fans filled the bleachers, much like they have for many of the team's home matches. Managing member Greg Foster said the team and its fans keep getting better.
"Each year we want to get more competitive both on the field and off the field," he said. "This year has been our strongest on the field performance."
That performance is helping to attract more fans to the facility at Ajo and Country Club on the southside of Tucson. Attendance increased by roughly 61%, according to Foster.
Keaton Koch, president of the team's fan club the Cactus Pricks, said he's seen fans come from as far as Venture, California and Seattle, Washington just to support their teams in Tucson.
"That's a decent commute for someone supporting a single A soccer team," he said. "That means they have to stay in a hotel, they have to eat somewhere…so that's tax money for the county and they city and that's always great".
Friday night's victory means FC Tucson won't simply host the Western Conference Championship game Saturday, but the club will be playing in it as well. They take on the Northwest Division's number one team in the Kitsap Pumas. The match is set for 7:30 p.m.