Phoenix FC shuts out VSI Tampa in home debut
TEMPE, Ariz. — Phoenix FC celebrated its first-ever home game at Sun Devil Soccer Stadium with a 1-0 win Saturday night over VSI Tampa Bay FC.
The match’s lone goal — Phoenix FC’s first following a 2-0 loss in Thursday’s franchise debut — came in the 15th minute and was scored by Wolves midfielder Netinho.
Andrew Weber, a graduate of Tempe McClintock High School and the team’s captain and starting goalkeeper, posted the first shutout in Phoenix FC history with six saves.
The Wolves had a handful of chances to extend the lead but couldn’t find the back of the net following the early tally. After a save by Weber on Tampa Bay’s Shawn Chin in the 29th minute, Travis Bowen missed the net on a good chance for Phoenix FC at the other end of the pitch. And in the 49th minute, Phoenix FC forward Aaron King hit the post with a shot.
At the other end, Weber bobbled a shot from the corner in the 74th minute but hung on for the save.
In extra time of the second half, the Phoenix FC defense cleared a VSI Tampa Bay corner kick, then did the same with a free kick in the final seconds before the officials called the match.
A sellout crowd of 4,198 attended the match at the refurbished Sun Devil Soccer Stadium.
Phoenix FC (1-1-0) returns to the pitch next Sunday at 7:30 p.m. against Orlando