PHOENIX (May 20, 2017) — Phoenix Rising FC fell 1-0, in a tightly contested match with league-leading San Antonio FC.
The club was the better team for the first ten minutes of the match and in the 7th minute, forward Chris Cortez redirected a centering pass on target. But the San Antonio goalkeeper dove on the ball before it reached the line.
In the 12th minute San Antonio (8-0-2) took advantage of a midfield turnover and then struck on a counter attack. Kris Tyrpak got behind the defense and slotted a centering pass to A.J. Ajeakwa, who beat the goalkeeper for the game-winning goal.
Phoenix Rising FC (3-4-0) had several chances the rest of the match. In the 42nd minute, Cortez attempted a shot from distance, but was off target. In the 85th minute, Jason Johnson got the ball at the top of the box and took a shot, but he missed just wide left. And in the 89th minute, Eric Avila attempted a shot off a volley, but missed high.
Phoenix Rising FC heads back on the road on Saturday, May 27, against LA Galaxy II. The match will kickoff at 7:30 pm. Fans can head to the club’s official watch party at the Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill in Tempe Marketplace (2000 East Rio Salado Parkway #1041, Tempe, AZ 85281). They can also watch on YurView Arizona, Cox channels 7 & 1007 (HD) or online at PHXRisingFC.com
Match: Phoenix Rising FC at San Antonio FC
Date: May 20, 2017
Location: Toyota Field | San Antonio, TX
SAN ANTONIO FC 1-0 PHOENIX RISING FC
SA: 12’, 14-A.J. Ajeakwa (19-Kris Tyrpak)
PHX: 39’, 3-Kody Wakasa (yellow)
PHX: 73’, 9-Omar Bravo (yellow)
SA: 90+’, 15-Stephen McCarthy (yellow)
PRFC Starting XI: 18-Josh Cohen; 25-Victor Vasquez, 33-Jordan Stewart, 5-Peter Ramage, 3-Kody Wakasa (74’, 15-Jordan Gibbons); 6-Miguel Timm (62’, 30-Eric Avila), 8-Matt Watson, 7-Chris Cortez (82’, 12-Mike Seth), 29-Shaun Wright-Phillips, 9-Omar Bravo; 14-Jason Johnson
Substitutions Not Used: 1-Carl Woszczynski, 4-Blair Gavin, 34-J.J. Greer