BYU picks up another home draw, 2-2 with 10-man FC Tucson

June 19th, 2015 | by Sean Walker

BYU men’s soccer and FC Tucson played to its second tie in 2015, playing to a 2-2 draw Friday night at South Field with the visitors coming from 2-0 down at halftime to equalize early in the second half and hold on for the road point.

BYU goalkeeper Brenden Ottman finished with seven saves, and FC Tucson counterpart Keegan Rogers had six saves in the chippy stalemate that included three ejections and 11 yellow cards with both teams finishing with 10 men.

Both teams drew 0-0 on May 23 at Kino Sports Complex in Tucson, Arizona.

Winston Sorhaitz had a goal and an assist in the first half to lead the Cougars, who were out-shot by Tucson 10-5 in the opening 45 minutes but took a 2-0 lead into the locker room.

Sorhaitz opened the scoring in the 17th minute, latching onto the end of a through-ball from Junior Lartey, rounding the charging goalkeeper, and tapping into an empty net to give BYU an early advantage.

Pedro Vasconcelos doubled the lead only a minute later, taking a backward pass from Sorhaitz inside the box, cruising around the defense, and blasting a shot inside the far post for the 2-0 advantage.

Ottman made six saves in the first half to preserve the shutout through 45 minutes, including a diving save on Pedro Espindola’s rip from the top of the box with only two minutes left in the half.

FC Tucson’s bench received a red card at halftime for persistent infringement against a linesman, and the head official signaled the assistant coach’s dismissal as both teams were going into the locker room.

FC Tucson’s Luis Martinez trimmed the visitors’ deficit to one goal just five minutes into the half. The crafty midfielder bent a free kick from 25 yards out over the wall and inside the top right corner for Tucson’s first goal of the match.

But barely a minute later, Tucson picked up a red card on Espindola when the forward was caught in a midfield fracas and sent off for his role in the controversy.

The short-handed Arizonians would only need 10 to tie the game, though. Devante Dubose slipped in behind the defense and scored with a shot across his body and into the back of the net as FC Tucson the equalizer, 2-2.

Josh Hunter nearly scored the game-winner in the first minute of stoppage time, but BYU’s late second-half substitute saw his attempt from the top of the box tipped out by a diving Rogers.

Sean Walker

Sean Walker

Salt City FC editor-in-chief Sean Walker has been covering soccer at all levels since 2007. He began his career in Las Vegas, and has since written for publications from the Intermountain West to Central New York, where he attended graduate school in 2012. Currently, Sean covers Real Salt Lake and Major League Soccer for A struggling Evertonian by birth, Sean follows European soccer through the blue lens of the Toffees, and has strong feelings toward the UEFA Europa League.

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