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Last Second Phoenix Goal Spoils OKC Comeback

By George Darkow, 05/14/17, 12:30AM CDT


Hyland PK goal upstaged by Phoenix heroics

TEMPE, Ariz. — Shaun Wright-Phillips scored the game-winning goal in second half stoppage time to lift Phoenix Rising FC to a 2-1 win over OKC Energy FC Saturday night at Phoenix Rising Soccer Complex.

After OKC tied the game just moments earlier on a Kyle Hyland converted penalty kick, Wright-Phillips took a pass on the upper-right edge of the OKC box and rolled a shot to the opposite side, past Energy FC keeper Cody Laurendi. The goal came in the final seconds of stoppage time, with the ensuing kickoff being the final play of the game.

Phoenix took a 1-0 lead in the 51st minute, when Jason Johnson scored on a play similar to Wright-Phillips’ game-winner. After taking a feed on the middle-right edge of the box from Kody Wakasa, Johnson crossed back to the upper-right corner and booted a left-footed shot that rolled into the lower-right corner of the OKC net, past a diving Laurendi.

Trailing 1-0 in second half stoppage time, Philip Rasmussen made a run into the Phoenix box and was taken down by Rising FC’s Omar Bravo and J.J. Greer, resulting in yellow cards for both Phoenix players and the OKC penalty kick.

The loss moved Energy FC’s record to 1-4-1 on the 2017 season, while Phoenix improved to 3-3-0.

Energy FC next returns home for a 7 p.m. CDT start on Saturday, May 20, when the club takes on Orange County SC at Taft Stadium.