PHOENIX (June 15, 2019) — Phoenix Rising FC continued its dominant form with a 3-0 clean sheet win over rival Orange County SC in front of a sellout crowd of 6,562 at Casino Arizona Field. The win also sends Rising to the top of the Western Conference table for the first time in 2019.
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Rising FC got on the board early when defender Mustapha Dumbuya’s dangerous cross into the box was redirected into the net by Orange County defender Kevin Alston to make it 1-0. But Phoenix Rising fans didn’t have to wait long for the club to score a goal without some help.
In the 17th minute, forward Solomon Asante drove down the right side of the box, in between several Orange County defenders. He slipped the ball between them all toward the center of the box for forward Adam Jahn, who flicked the ball behind himself toward an on-rushing Joey Calistri, The first-year RIsing player took a shot with his first touch and beat the goalkeeper to double the team’s lead, 2-0. It was his first goal as a Phoenix Rising player.
Asante put the exclamation point on the night, figuratively and literally, with the final goal of the night. After an Orange County player failed to clear the ball away, it took a large hop before falling right to Asante. Without allowing the ball to hit the ground, Asante struck it with his right foot from over 30 yards away and found the back of the net for the night’s final goal.
Phoenix Rising has a short turnaround for its next match as it travels to Reno on Tuesday, June 18, for a showdown with Reno 1868 FC. The match is scheduled to kickoff at 7:30 p.m. The club will have two official watch parties at Pig & Pickle in Scottsdale and The Brass Tap in Gilbert.
PHOENIX RISING FC 3-0 ORANGE COUNTY FC
PHX: 6’, 2-Kevin Alston (OG)
PHX: 17’, 21-Joey Calistri (9-Adam Jahn)
PHX: 50’, 20-Solomon Asante
OC: 19’ 12-Daniel Crisostomo (caution)
OC: 37’, 13-Vinicuis (caution)
PHX: 60’, 2-Doueugui Mala (caution)
PHX: 69’, 41-James Musa
Starting XI: 28-Zac Lubin; 13-Amadou Dia, 2-Doueugui Mala, 15-Joey Farrell, 24-Mustapha Dumbuya (78’, 16-Austin Ledbetter); 19-Jose Aguinaga, 41-James Musa, 10-Jon Bakero (64’, 35-Andrew Wheeler-Omiunu); 21-Joey Calistri (76’, 8-Collin Fernandez), 9-Adam Jahn, 20-Solomon Asante
Subs not used: 1-Carl Woszczynski, 22-Ben Spencer, 32-Kyle Bjornethun, 95-Ramone Howell