By Joshua Espinal
TUCSON, Ariz. — The FC Tucson women’s squad capped off a remarkable comeback Saturday night at Kino North Stadium to rescue a point in their game against LA Galaxy San Diego, when a mad scramble in stoppage time ended up in the equalizing goal, ending the game 2-2.
After dropping their first of their back-to-back games, the FC Tucson ladies looked to get it together in the second game against the Galaxy. However, they got off to a disastrous start as by the 12th minute of play Erica Stephan had netted two olimpico goals from corner kicks, giving the opponents the lead 2-0.
The first half was not the best by any stretch of the imagination for the FC Tucson women, but when they came out in the second half they looked significantly better. Playing better with the ball and with sharper looking passes, the FC Tucson women’s team looked on a mission to try and mount a comeback.
FC Tucson was rewarded early in the 51st minute as Sarah Adams crossed a ball into the 18-yard box and it bounced around before landing in front of Jessie Hix who tapped it in for the 2-1 scoreline.
In the span of the next 10 minutes, LA Galaxy San Diego’s scorer Stephan earned two yellow cards for hard challenges and was ejected from the game leaving the Galaxy with 10 women for the game.
The ladies of FC Tucson fought hard and were able to break through in stoppage time when a flip throw from the touch led to a mass confusion in the 18-yard box. Hannah Leitner ended up heading a shot that pinged off the crossbar and Hix barreled her way heading the rebound in just crossing the line but was cleared away by the Galaxy defense, making it seem as if the ball had not gone in initially.
However, the linesman on the touch correctly signaled that the ball had indeed gone in and the FC Tucson ladies had scored the equalizer in the dying moments of the game to end the game all square at two each.
“Honestly, it was just bouncing around in there, and I just went for it,” said Hix about the confusion in the box and the late equalizer, as she herself didn’t even know that she was the one who netted it.
The FC Tucson women are back it again in back-to-back games next week as they hit the road to face off against the same opponents as this week. They will play the LA Galaxy San Diego on Saturday night at 6 p.m. and the SeaLions on Sunday at 2 p.m.