Sporting AZ FC opened its United Premier Soccer League Southwest Conference championship defense with a 2-0 win on Saturday night over FC Grande in a rematch of the 2018 title game.
The visitors from Las Cruces, N.M. brought plenty of chances with them in the first half, while Sporting’s Josh Drack and Chris Ramsell peppered the Grande area with shots of their own in a wide-open match.
The deadlock broke for the home side just after halftime when Drack found Chris Harmon in stride down the middle of the park. Harmon slotted to the bottom right corner for the 1-0 lead.
Ramsell doubled Sporting’s advantage in the 56th when he chased down a long ball out of the back and out-ran his defender before firing to the far post.
Tyler Pavlet recorded the clean sheet for Sporting AZ FC.