(July 13th, 2019) — Phoenix Rising kept the wins rolling, downing Rio Grande Valley, 1-0, to extend its club-record winning streak to nine matches. Forward Adam Jahn scored his 10th goal of the season to notch the game-winner and he was assisted by Solomon Asante, who notched his 10th assist of 2019. Goalkeeper Zac Lubin earned his 9th clean sheet of the season, moving him into a tie for first in USL Championship
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Both clubs battled to a 0-0 stalemate after the first 45 minutes of play. Jahn and Asante each had their chances within the first half-hour of the match. Asante took a shot from 25-plus yards away that was right at the goalkeeper. Jahn drove into the box and took aim for the near left post but missed wide.
But in the 53rd minute, Rio Grande Valley’s Carlos Small got in behind the defense and had a 1v1 opportunity on Lubin. Small beat the goalkeeper but his shot bounced off the inside of the far right post are rolled harmlessly away with the score remaining 0-0. Soon after, Rising FC took advantage of its best opportunity.
In the 62nd minute, Asante got the ball out wide on the right flank. He curled a cross into the box for the head of Jahn and the forward powered it toward his right as he was falling away to his left. The shot had enough power on it to deflect off the goalkeeper’s glove, then off the bottom of the crossbar, and into the net for the game-winner.
Down the stretch, Lubin made a diving stop in the 81st minute to preserve the clean sheet and the win.
Phoenix Rising comes back to Casino Arizona Field on Friday, July 19, to take on Autin Bold on Bud Light $1 Beer Night. The match will kick off at 7:30 p.m. and gates will open at 6:00 p.m. The first 2,500 fans who arrive will get a Phoenix Rising lunch cooler courtesy of APS. The club is 11-0-0 all-time in $1 Beer nights and fans interested in going can purchase tickets online at PHXRisingFC.com
RIO GRANDE VALLEY FC 0-1 PHOENIX RISING FC
PHX: 62’, 9-Adam Jahn (20-Solomon Asante)
PHX: 32’, 20-Solomon Asante (caution)
RGV: 38’, Jesús Enríquez (caution)
PHX: 85’, 41-James Musa (caution)
PHX: 87’, 19-José Aguinaga (caution)
RGV: 90+’, 36-Memo Rodríguez (caution)
Starting XI: 28-Zac Lubin; 13-Amadou Dia, 2-Doueugui Mala, 15-Joey Farrell, 24-Mustapha Dumbuya ; 19-Jose Aguinaga, 41-James Musa, 10-Jon Bakero (69’, 10-Jon Bakero); 21-Joey Calistri (63’, 7-Junior Flemmings), 9-Adam Jahn, 20-Solomon Asante (82’, 35-Andrew Wheeler-Omiunu)
Subs not used: 1-Carl Woszczynski, 3-A.J. Cochran, 8-Collin Fernandez, 22-Ben Spencer, 32-Kyle Bjornethun