TSAFC Earns Third Straight Win, 4-2, in WPSL Action

Team wins in evenly matched meeting



TSAFC Tops Real Salt Lake Women 4-2 to Remain Undefeated in WPSL


Tucson, Ariz.TSAFC (Tucson Soccer Academy FC) maintained its unbeaten start to the WPSL season on Saturday evening at Kino Sports Complex, defeating Real Salt Lake (RSL) Women 4-2 for their third consecutive victory.

In a competitive, evenly matched affair, TSAFC came out on top in part due to clinical finishing as well as an improved second half defensive effort, which restricted their opponents mostly to shots from distance. "We had much better secondary and 1v1 defending in the second half," said Head Coach Amy Garelick. "[At halftime] we asked the players to make those adjustments and they did it."

The win takes TSAFC to 3-0-0 (9 points) on the season in the WPSL Big Sky-North Division, leaving them tied at the top of the table with Phoenix Del Sol with two games in hand. With the defeat, RSL falls to 2-2-1 (7 points).

Although RSL began the match on their front foot, it was TSAFC that opened the scoring in the 13th minute.  Kaitlyn Lopez made a run down the right side and went down under an RSL challenge, earning a penalty. Lopez stepped up and placed her spot kick in the bottom corner, scoring her fifth goal of the season.

RSL were level almost immediately, after TSAFC failed to clear their lines from a corner kick and Chansi Crompton finished from close range in the 15th minute. The score at the interval was 1-1, although there were chances for both teams to take the lead; Tamra James appeared to have bundled the ball over the line for a second TSAFC goal but play was waved on - and shortly after, a well-struck RSL volley went off the top of the crossbar.

In the second half, TSAFC took the initiative and almost went ahead in the 54th minute, when Jordan Davidson was played through on goal but her shot was well blocked by RSL goalkeeper Jamie Wilkinson. In the 62nd, Lopez was fouled just outside the penalty area, and Karina Camacho put TSAFC in the lead with a curling free kick. Five minutes later the score was 3-1, when Camacho’s excellent through ball  found Davidson, whose calm finish beat the onrushing keeper. RSL pulled one back in the 81st minute through Colette Smith, but TSAFC put the game out of reach in the 84th when substitute Shannon Shields put home a rebound after a good cross by Lopez.

TSAFC has now scored 16 goals in its first three matches, and this marks the third time that the team has had four different players on the score sheet. "We don’t have to rely on just one player to score goals," said Garelick. "As a coach it’s nice to have that luxury."

TSAFC has a bye week upcoming, with their next match scheduled for Friday, June 28, at home against Utah Starzz. They will then go on the road to face rival Phoenix Del Sol in Casa Grande on Tuesday, July 2.

Match Facts

TSAFC 4, Real Salt Lake Women 2


13’ GOAL TSAFC – Kaitlyn Lopez (pen.)

15’ GOAL RSL- Chansi Crompton (unassisted)

62’ GOAL TSAFC – Karina Camacho (unassisted)

67’ GOAL TSAFC – Jordan Davidson (Camacho)

81’ GOAL RSL – Colette Smith (unassisted)

84’ GOAL TSAFC – Shannon Shields (Lopez)


Match Statistics



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Corner Kicks




General Info:


TSAFC, a new Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL) franchise, was founded in 2013 by the Tucson Soccer Academy (TSA).  This is the only WPSL franchise in Southern Arizona. TSAFC plays in the six-team Big Sky North Conference of the WPSL.  The team consists of high level youth, college, and adult players primarily from Southern Arizona.  For more information visit us at tucsonsocceracademy.com, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TucsonSoccerAcademy, or on Twitter at @TSA_FC.

MEDIA CONTACTS: Dylan Clark – dclark0@gmail.com, (520) 275-2551 R Charlie MacCabe  charliemacc@msn.com, (520) 405-6535 

WPSL was formed in 1998 as an independent league with a focus on creating a venue for the development of high-level women’s soccer.  More than 70 teams from across the country compete in a season that runs from May 1 to August 1, culminating in a league championship tournament the final weekend in July.  The WPSL is affiliated with the United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA), an affiliate of the United States Soccer Federation (USSF).  For more information on the WPSL visit http://www.wpsl.info/.



Tucson Soccer Academy -- Widely recognized as the Southern Arizona’s premier youth soccer organization, the Tucson Soccer Academy was founded in 2000 by a handful of experienced Tucson coaches and some forward-thinking club presidents. Together, they conceived and launched a youth club specifically designed to match talented, committed players with top coaches. TSA’s determination to offer more advanced instruction and more high-level competition has yielded remarkable results.  Today, the club has broadened its scope to serve youth players of all abilities and ages, while maintaining its commitment to excellence. From a total of just 10 teams in 2000, TSA has grown to an organization of 1,000 recreational, developmental, and competitive youth players. In the process, TSA has proven to be a critical stepping-stone for hundreds of boys and girls who have gone on to successful collegiate careers and various other pursuits. For more information visit us at tucsonsocceracademy.com  or www.facebook.com/TucsonSoccerAcademy.


Charlie MacCabe
Administrator/Assistant Coach

Amy Garelick
TSA FC Head Coach

Ted Schmidt
TSA President