PHOENIX (July 15, 2017) — Phoenix Rising FC had never mustered a win or even a draw against Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC, but thanks to a brace from forward Jason Johnson, the club walked away with a 2-1 win to extend its unbeaten streak to six matches.
The game-winning tally came off a corner in the 84th minute. Rather than standing tall in the box to receive the kick, forward Didier Drogba sent the corner toward the mass of players. He found Johnson, who outleapt the defense and hit the back of the net.
It was Johnson’s second goal of the evening. His first goal came in the 66th minute of the match. Victor Vasquez attempted to send a cross into the box. The pass was deflected toward the opposing goalkeeper, who tried to corral the errant ball. But he couldn’t keep a hold of it and Johnson pounced, sending it into the net to equalize the match.
Colorado Springs scored the first goal of the match in a poor first half for Phoenix Rising. Kevaugn Frater got on the end of a long ball from defender Josh Phillips. With space outside the box, he slotted home a goal to give his club a 1-0 lead.
Phoenix Rising FC returns to the road next Saturday, July 22, to take on Tulsa Roughnecks FC. The match will kick off at 5:30 p.m. and fans can head to the clubs official watch party at the Thirsty Lion in Tempe Marketplace.
Match: Phoenix Rising FC vs. Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC
Date: July 15, 2017
Location: Phoenix Rising Soccer Complex | Scottsdale, AZ
PHOENIX RISING FC 2-1 COLORADO SPRINGS SWITCHBACKS FC
COS: 12’, 11-Kevaughn Frater (2-Josh Phillips)
PHX: 66’, 14-Jason Johnson
PHX: 84’, 14-Jason Johnson (11-Didier Drogba)
PHX: 28’, 6-Miguel Timm (yellow)
PHX: 90’, 8-Matt Watson (yellow)
PHX: 90+3’, 14-Jason Johnson (yellow)
PHX: 90+7’, 18-Josh Cohen (yellow)
PRFC Starting XI: 18-Josh Cohen; 25-Victor Vasquez, 19-Amadou Dia, 5-Peter Ramage, 3-Kody Wakasa; 6-Miguel Timm (78’, 13-Eder Arreola), 4-Blair Gavin (46’, 14-Jason Johnson), 8-Matt Watson, 30-Eric Avila; 9-Omar Bravo (78’, 24-A.J. Gray), 11-Didier Drogba ©
Substitutions Not Used: 1-Carl Woszczynski, 17-Alessandro Riggi, 25-Matthew Hurlow-Paonessa, 34-Jordan Stewart