Photo courtesy of Steven Christy
OKLAHOMA CITY – Phoenix Rising FC has started its Oklahoma road trip with a victory, defeating OKC Energy FC 3-0 at Taft Stadium on Wednesday. Joseph Farrell headed in the opening goal of the game, which turned out to be the game-winning tally, in the 16th minute, when Alessandro Riggi sent a tasty free kick into the mixer before Farrell headed the ball in at the back post. Riggi created the second goal for Phoenix six minutes later, hitting a corner kick into box where Mike da Fonte fired in a header of his own. Energy FC pressed for a goal of its own throughout the second half and came close on multiple occasions, but Jason Johnson scored Phoenix’s third goal – chesting a quality pass from Gladson Awako over the top of the defense before hitting a right-footed blast over the line – to secure the victory. With the result, Rising FC improves to 5-1-3, while the Energy FC falls to 1-8-0 this campaign.
16’ – PHX – Joseph Farrell (Alessandro Riggi)
22’ – PHX – Mike da Fonte (Alessandro Riggi)
75’ – PHX – Jason Johnson (Gladson Awako)
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Alessandro Riggi, Phoenix Rising FC – The forward provided two assists and was a menace up top all game long to lead Rising FC to victory on Wednesday.
OKC Energy FC vs. Colorado Springs Switchbacks FCC – May 19, 8 p.m. ET, Taft Stadium
Phoenix Rising FC at Tulsa Roughnecks FC – May 12, 8 p.m. ET, ONEOK Field