By Joshua Espinal
FC Tucson Women played their first game at Kino North Stadium Friday night, after playing their first two games away from the Old Pueblo, but it was not a happy homecoming as two late goals doomed the Women in Black and suffered a defeat 2-1 to the hands of the San Diego SeaLions.
After earning an early penalty kick for a handball infraction in the box, the FC Tucson were able to capitalize on the opportunity thanks to Paige Crouch’s goal from the spot in the eighth minute.
However, from that moment on, it was all SeaLions as the FC Tucson women were not able to control possession of the ball and were under siege from the strong San Diego attack. But, goalkeeper Lainey Burdett was up to the challenge stopping nearly every ball that came her way.
“You just always have to be focused, and make the saves that you can and need to make in order to keep your team in it and hope for the best,” said Burdett when asked about her mindset in a game where she was peppered with shots from all over.
Unfortunately for the Women in Black, even Burdett’s heroic effort was not enough to stop two late goals from Andrea Duke and Elise Britt in the last 10 minutes of the game to give the SeaLions the three points.
“We kept in the game and we knew it was going to go down to the wire,” said head coach Amy Garelick about the game. “We battled and we have a lot of young players playing right now against players that have played professionally for a while. We battled and did well, but we have to do better.”
The women must put this loss behind them as they are back at it again on Saturday night as they face off against the LA Galaxy SD at Kino North Stadium. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m. Tickets available here or below.