Phoenix FC plays Dayton to scoreless draw
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Phoenix FC looked poised to get its first win in seven weeks Friday night, but numerous chances amounted to no goals.
A strong start to the match, arguably the team's best since the home opener in March, gave the Wolves confidence as they pushed forward on the attack throughout the match, but Dayton Dutch Lions FC managed to hang on for a scoreless 0-0 draw and take a road point.
With the draw, Phoenix FC earned a point to move to 2-9-5 on the season
but has not won a match since April 28. Recent form has the Wolves on
the precipice of three points, but the winless streak has reached 10 USL
Pro matches. The team has played back-to-back scoreless draws.
Travis Bowen and Anthony Obodai provided a number of scoring opportunities from their midfield positions for Phoenix FC. Scott Morrison was also a key to the attack as the Wolves controlled most of the possession and earned 15 corner kicks to Dayton's four for the match.
Phoenix FC got off to a blistering start with two corner kicks and two quality chances for Bowen and Obodai in the first six minutes. In the 15th minute, midfielder Donny Toia missed a header just wide left.
The Wolves recorded four shots on goal in the first half alone.
"We didn't tie because of a lack of effort," Bowen said. "It's just a bit unlucky at the moment. Once one goes in, I think it's going to open the floodgates."
The attack stagnated some early in the second half, but Phoenix FC went right back to knocking on the door, although Toia and Darren Mackie whiffed on good looks in front of the goal.
The final few minutes of the match featured a flurry of activity. Toia had two attempts that went high in the 89th minute and then right at the end of 90 minutes, and a near-own goal by the Dutch Lions' Shintaro Harada came close to gifting the Wolves a much-needed victory.
In extra time, Bowen had a look in front of the goal but missed wide as the crowd of 1,453 groaned. Goalkeeper Andrew Weber and the Phoenix FC defense, led by another solid performance from Isaiah Schafer, were stout throughout the night.
Phoenix FC hits the road next week for back-to-back matches at the Harrisburg City Islanders on June 28 and the Rochester Rhinos on June 29. The Wolves will be playing both USL Pro teams for the first time this season.