PHOENIX (May 6, 2017) — Phoenix Rising FC fell to Reno 1868 FC, 4-0, in front of 6,067 fans at the Phoenix Rising Soccer Complex. It was the first win in club history for Reno.
“You make two bad mistakes in the first seven or eight minutes in and you know it’s tough,” said Interim Head Coach Rick Schantz. “Then you get stretched (and) you got to chase the game and that’s not the type of team that we are.”
Phoenix Rising fell behind early when Reno’s Dane Kelly scored his first goal of the evening in just the 2nd minute. Four minutes later, Kelly bagged his second goal to make it 2-0, Reno. But Phoenix Rising recovered to create chances of their own.
Forward Chris Cortez had an opportunity to cut the lead in half in the 8th minute, but his free kick destined for the upper right corner of the net was punched away by Reno goalkeeper Matt Bersano. Cortez had a second opportunity in the 17th minute on a mostly-open net, but his shot sailed over the target.
The last major chance of the first half came in the 39th minute when Alessandro Riggi blasted a shot from five yards outside of the box. But Bersano came up with another great save to keep it 2-0 going into the half.
“Our own performance wasn’t there,” defender Peter Ramage said. “We weren’t at it from start to finish and that’s disappointing but like I said you know we’ll rally around together.”
Kelly put the match away with his third goal of the evening in the 66th minute and Chris Wehan added insurance with the final goal of the match in the 77th minute.
“The fans have been unbelievable tonight, Ramage said. “We’ve got to thank them for sticking with us because it was a horrible night for them to witness what we put on.”
Match: Phoenix Rising FC vs. Reno 1868 FC
Date: April 6, 2017
Location: Phoenix Rising Soccer Complex | Scottsdale, AZ
PHOENIX RISING FC 0-4 RENO 1868 FC
RNO:2’, 9-Dane Kelly (14-Chris Wehan)
RNO: 6’, 9-Dane Kelly (99-Brian Brown)
RNO: 66’, 9-Dane Kelly (17-Lindo Nfeka)
RNO: 77’, 14-Chris Wehan (17-Lindo Nfeka)
RNO: 66’, 9-Dane Kelly (yellow)
RNO: 74’, 17-Lindo Nfeka (yellow)
PRFC Starting XI: 18-Josh Cohen; 25-Victor Vasquez, 33-Jordan Stewart, 5-Peter Ramage, 24-A.J. Gray (73’, 14-Jason Johnson); 8-Matt Watson, 17-Alessandro Riggi, 10-Luke Rooney (60’, 30-Eric Avila), 29-Shaun Wright-Phillips; 11-Chris Cortez (78’, 12-Mike Seth), 9-Omar Bravo.
Substitutions Not Used: 1-Carl Woszczynski, 16-Brock Granger, 34-J.J. Greer Jr., 20-Romilio Hernandez