SEVERANCE, Colo. (Wednesday, August 17, 2022) – Northern Colorado Hailstorm FC (6W-8L-8D, 26 points) fell to FC Tucson (4W-10L-4D, 16 points) 2-1 at Severance High School. Louis Pérez gave Tucson the win with a powerful shot from just inside the area.
Tucson got off the mark first early in the 14th minute. Midfielder Louis Pérez cut into the box and neared the six-yard box. Pérez then picked out a pass across the face of goal to Franco Pérez for the tap in.
Northern Colorado held 60 percent of the possession through the first half but were unable to find their way through the Tucson defense. Entering halftime down at the break.
Tucson doubled their lead in the 70th minute. Louis Pérez got the ball on Tucson’s right wing, before cutting back to the inside. With the ball on his left foot, Pérez took aim at the far post and put a powerful strike past Johan Peñaranda.
Lachlan McLean got the Hailstorm back into the game ten minutes later. Wolfgang Prentice picked up his first assist in a Hailstorm uniform, finding McLean with a cross from the endline.
The loss takes Northern Colorado to 6-8-8 on the season. With five of the eight remaining games at home, it is far from over in the USL League One season.
The Hailstorm are back in action on Saturday, August 20, when they play host to Forward Madison FC. The match will kick off at 7 p.m. MDT, at Severance High School in Severance, Colorado.
Head Coach Éamon Zayed
On the match…
“Deserved to lose tonight. To meet our aspirations we need to be beating the teams at the bottom of the league. They’re disappointed in there.”
Head Coach Éamon Zayed
On the message to the team after the match…
“Yelling and cussing doesn’t get us anywhere. There are eight games left, and we’ve been delt a tough hand this year, we can make sure that we didn’t go through all this for nothing.”
Forward Lachlan McLean
On getting back on the scoresheet tonight…
“It’s always nice to score, but at the end of the day we lost. Regardless of my goals for the year, the team always comes first. So the win is the most important thing.”
Midfielder Wolfgang Prentice
On his first assist in a Hailstorm uniform…
“Considering it’s a new position to me. I feel like I bring a lot forward, I feel like there is a lot I need to work on defensively. But I’m happy to get the assist.”
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