YUMA, Ariz. – Coming into tonight’s home regular season finale, it would be easy to be discouraged if you were in the locker room of the Arizona Strikers.
After all, they have yet to land a win in their first season playing out of Yuma. They also didn’t score a victory in their final season at Sedona; only scoring three goals in that span of time.
The Strikers are coming off a tough road swing in Colorado, suffering more consecutive losses; even having to deal with the season loss of Mexican national soccer team veteran Luz Duarte to a back injury.
But, tonight’s game would be a rematch against the Colorado Storm. Instead of losing to them in the higher mountain altitude, they would get them in a far different element of the heat and humidity.
It would help pay dividends.
The Strikers came out aggressive and put up a number of scoring opportunities in the first half. Olivia Jiminez broke the ice on the scoreboard by putting in the first goal of the game; and the Strikers would eventually take a 2-0 lead by the 65th minute.
The rest of the way, the two teams would trade a goal each, and the Strikers would land their first ever win as a franchise in Yuma.
Before Arizona plays out the rest of it’s regular season schedule with a pair of road games, they first get an exhibition match on Sunday night against FC Tucson’s women’s team. The match kicks off at 7:30 at Desert Sun Stadium.