Analysis: FC Tucson Women end another successful season despite arrival

(Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson)

FC Tucson Women finished the season with a 3-1-3 record with only one goal separating the dominating program from repeating as the Desert Conference champion at SC del Sol (5-1-2). This kind of sounds crazy but it’s true.

The mark of a great program is one that controls its own destiny and Tucson had it all in the beginning, lost it a few times, then got it back for most of the last game of the year Saturday night in Phoenix on a 1-1 draw against SC del Sol.

The team started this summer 3-0, but a late slump against SC del Sol in June was followed by a canceled game with Las Vegas and a frustrating 1-0 loss to Arizona Arsenal. This streak of misfortune meant any hope of repeat was in the hands of other clubs in the aftermath and giving control like that is not part of the head coach’s character Kelly Pierce. It’s just not part of the DNA of this program.

But help came when Arsenal ended their season with a draw against Las Vegas that handed the keys to a championship to Pierce and his team. Lindsay Hubbard (Xavier Prep/Seattle) moved to Meredith Scott (Walden Grove/Pima) in the 25e minute and it looked like something magical was about to happen, but SC del Sol scored in the 46e then shot after shot missed by inches the rest of the way and the draw handed the championship to SC del Sol for the first time in 12 years.

All of the missed chances of the season always came down to one goal, which meant the rest of the conference had to play beyond what they were used to just to take Tucson to the limit and it almost wasn’t. enough – but it was. This year.

“We have high standards because we know what we can do and what we are capable of,” Pierce said in a statement. “So it’s disappointing and it’s going to sting a bit. But I think if it didn’t, it would show that we don’t care. Maybe we will all learn from it.


Named one of “Arizona’s Heart & Sol” by KOLD and Casino del Sol, Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as Top High School Reporter in 2014, he received the Ray McNally Award in 2017 and AZ Education Recognition News in 2019. He coached youth, high school and college for over 30 years. He was the first in Arizona to write about high school beach volleyball and high school girl wrestling and his unique perspective can only be found here and on Andy is a Southern Arizona voting member of the Ed Doherty Award, recognizing Arizona’s top football player, and he was named a Local Hero by the Tucson Weekly for 2016. Andy was named an honorary Flowing Wells Caballero in 2019, became a member of the Sunnyside Los Mezquites Cross Country Hall of Fame in 2021 and he was a member of the Amphi COVID-19 Blue Ribbon committee. He received a Distinguished Service Award from the Amphitheater and he was recognized by Councilman Richard Fimbres. Contact Andy Morales at

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