PHOENIX (June 6, 2017) — Phoenix Rising FC ended its three-match road trip with a 3-2 loss to Oklahoma City Energy FC. Defender J.J. Greer and midfielder Eder Arreola scored their first goals of the season in the loss. The club will return home this Saturday, June 10, to take on Whitecaps FC 2. That match kicks off at 7:30 p.m.
Energy FC jumped out to a 1-0 lead by sneaking a goal in before the end of the first half. Wojciech Wojcik’s power header hit the back of the net during stoppage time of the first half.
Phoenix Rising wouldn’t be down for long. In the 47th minute, Eric Avila’s corner kick was deflected into the air by defender Kody Wakasa. Greer got on the end of the volley and hammered his header passed the goalkeeper to equalize 1-1.
But Oklahoma City responded with two more goals. In the 56th minute, Kyle Hyland hit a rocket into the far right corner of the net off a high volley to make it 2-1. In the 69th minute, Wojcik struck again, this time tapping in a rebound after an impressive save from goalkeeper Carl Woszcznski to make it 3-1.
Arreola brought the club back to within one in the 83rd minute. He got the ball out on the left side of the box, cut back to his right, and then fired a well-placed shot into the low right corner of the net to make it 3-2.
Phoenix Rising FC returns home to play at the Phoenix Rising Soccer Complex on Satruday, June 6, against Whitecaps FC 2. The match kicks off at 7:30 p.m. It will also be the debut for international soccer superstar Didier Drogba. Tickets are limited but still available by going to the club website at www.PHXRisingFC.com.
Match: Phoenix Rising FC at OKC Energy FC
Date: June 6, 2017
Location: Taft Stadium | Oklahoma City, OK
OKC ENERGY FC 3-2 PHOENIX RISING FC
OKC: 45+’, 28-Wojciech Wojcik (19-Michael Harris)
PHX: 47’, 34-J.J. Greer (3-Kody Wakasa)
OKC: 56’, 3-Kyle Hyland (20-Daniel Jackson)
OKC: 69’, 28-Wojciech Wojcik
PHX: 83’, 13-Eder Arreola (4-Blair Gavin)
OKC: 40’, 8-Juan Pablo Guzman (yellow)
OKC: 72’, 28-Wojciech Wojcik (yellow)
PHX: 85’, 8-Matt Watson (yellow)
PHX: 90+’, 34-J.J. Greer (yellow)
PRFC Starting XI: 1-Carl Woszczynski; 25-Victor Vasquez, 2-Uchenna Uzo, 34-J.J. Greer 3-Kody Wakasa; 20-Romilio Hernandez (70’, 23-Matt Hurlow-Paonessa), 4-Blair Gavin (85’, 8-Matt Watson), 7-Chris Cortez, 30-Eric Avila, 24-A.J. Gray; 12-Mike Seth (75’, 13-Eder Arreola)
Substitutions Not Used: 18-Josh Cohen, 6-Miguel Timm, 33-Jordan Stewart, 16-Brock Granger