(September 24, 2017) — Phoenix Rising FC (13-7-7) wasted little time putting the match away in a 4-0 win over Whitecaps FC 2 (5-16-8) in Vancouver. The club rode the momentum of two goals in the match’s first six minutes to its fourth straight win, a new club record. The club also notched its third straight shutout, also a club record.
Forward Jason Johnson started the scoring in the fourth minute for Rising FC. Teammate Alessandro Riggi sent a ball toward the box from the left side of the pitch and Johnson flicked the cross off his head and into the far right side of the net to make it 1-0.
Two minutes later, Riggi scored a goal of his own, racing down the right side of the pitch before flicking a shot over the oncoming Whitecaps FC 2 goalkeeper to make it 2-0.
Riggi had a hand in another goal in the 50th minute. As the club was on the attack, Riggi sent a pass out wide to the left toward Chris Cortez. Despite a defender sliding in front of him, Cortez’s shot deflected off the sliding Whitecaps FC 2 player and over the goalkeeper to make it 3-0.
Midfielder Gladson Awako ended the club’s scoring in the 78th minute. After Johnson won a 50/50 battle in the air, the ball bounced toward Awako, who fired a shot into the back of the net from over 20 yards away to make it 4-0.
Phoenix Rising continues its Pacific Northwest road trip this Wednesday, September 27, at Portland Timbers FC 2. The match will kickoff at 7:30 p.m.
VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC 2 0-4 PHOENIX RISING FC
PHX: 4’, 14-Jason Johnson (17-Alessandro Riggi)
PHX: 6’, 17-Alessandro (28-Gladson Awako)
PHX: 50’, 7-Chris Cortez (17-Alessandro Riggi)
PHX: 76’, 28-Gladson Awako (14-Jason Johnson)
PHX: 86’, 28-Gladson Awako (yellow)
PRFC Starting XI: 18-Josh Cohen; 19-Amadou Dia, 33-Jordan Stewart, 2-Doueugui Mala, 15-Jordan Gibbons; 27-Kevon Lambert, 16-Sam Hamilton, 14-Jason Johnson (86’, 24-AJ Gray), 28-Gladson Awako; 17-Alessandro Riggi (75’, 8-Matt Watson); 7-Chris Cortez
Substitutions Not Used: 15-John Berner, 3-Kody Wakasa, 4-Blair Gavin, 5-Peter Ramage, 29-Shaun Wright-Phillips