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RECAP: Phoenix Rising FC Falls 3-0 to Tulsa Roughnecks FC

By Phoenix Rising FC Communications, 07/22/17, 8:00PM MST


PHOENIX (July 22, 2017) — Phoenix Rising FC couldn’t overcome a pair of first-half goals from Tulsa Roughnecks FC, as the club lost 3-0 on the road at ONEOK Field.

Tulsa opened the scoring less than 20 minutes into the match when a Juan Pablo Caffa corner was headed into the net by Roughnecks FC’s leading scorer Ian Svantesson in the 14th minute.

Rising FC (6-6-4) responded with a couple of chances, as defender Peter Ramage headed a Didier Drogba free kick just wide of the goal in the 16th minute. Moments later, Drogba nearly scored on a free kick but it was turned aside by Tulsa goalkeeper Fabian Cerda.

Tulsa (8-8-1) doubled its lead minutes before the half when midfielder Jacori Hayes picked up a loose ball in the Rising FC box and slotted home a low shot past Phoenix Rising goalkeeper Josh Cohen to make it 2-0.

A pair of halftime substitutes sparked the Rising FC attack back to life early in the second half. Forward Jason Johnson, last week’s USL Player of the Week, and midfielder Shaun Wright-Phillips, led several chances from open play.

Wright-Phillips ripped a shot on target from the top of the box in the 65th minute but was denied. Later, Drogba tried to meet a Wright-Phillips corner with a high-leaping header, but just missed the service. Johnson had three shot attempts in the second half, but couldn’t notch a goal.

Tulsa found the back of the net for a third time in the 85th minute when substitute Christian Thierjung picked up a bouncing ball just inside the box and beat Cohen with a well-placed shot into the lower right corner.

Phoenix Rising FC returns to the Phoenix Rising Soccer Complex on Saturday, July 29, to take on San Antonio FC. The match will kick off at 8:00 p.m. Fans can purchase their tickets by heading to

Match: Phoenix Rising FC at Tulsa Roughnecks FC
Date: July 22, 2017
Location: ONEOK Field | Tulsa, OK


Scoring Summary:
TUL: 15’, 19-Ian Svantesson (10-Juan Pablo Caffa)
TUL: 44’, 3-Jacori Hayes
TUL: 85’, 20-Christian Thierjung

Disciplinary Summary:
TUL: 28’, 3-Jacori Hayes (yellow)

TUL: 28’, 3-Jacori Hayes (yellow)
PHX: 65’, 29-Shaun Wright-Phillips (yellow)
PHX: 68’, 8-Matt Watson (yellow)

PRFC Starting XI: 18-Josh Cohen; 25-Victor Vasquez (65’, 24-A.J. Gray), 19-Amadou Dia, 5-Peter Ramage, 3-Kody Wakasa; 6-Miguel Timm (46’, 29-Shaun Wright-Phillps), 4-Blair Gavin, 8-Matt Watson, 30-Eric Avila; 25-Matthew Hurlow-Paonessa (46’, 14-Jason Johnson), 11-Didier Drogba ©

Substitutions Not Used: 1-Carl Woszczynski, 9-Omar Bravo, 13-Eder Arreola, 34-Jordan Stewart