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Phoenix Rising outscores Reno 1868 FC for win, Asante etches name in team history books

Arizona Republic logo Arizona Republic 8/17/2019 Drake Hills

Solomon Asante's demeanor after the game Friday was practical and exemplified routine. It mimicked the midfielder's approach in the past two matches, where he's scored consecutively.

Asante continued his goal-scoring form and remained the most clinical player on the pitch in a 4-2 win against Reno 1868 FC.

The Ghanaian is also Rising's captain and his two penalties, scored in the second half, continued his reign as the leader in goals scored (18) this season in the USL Championship. Asante became Rising's all-time career goals leader (32). But if you ask the captain, he'll say that the team's 14th straight win is what matters most.

Solomon Asante with a football ball on a field: Phoenix Rising's Solomon Asante scores on a penalty kick in the second half during their game against El Paso at Casino Arizona Field in Tempe Aug 10, 2019. (Darryl Webb/For the Republic) © Darryl Webb/For the Republic, Darryl Webb Phoenix Rising's Solomon Asante scores on a penalty kick in the second half during their game against El Paso at Casino Arizona Field in Tempe Aug 10, 2019. (Darryl Webb/For the Republic)

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"We have been breaking records together as well," Asante said. "I feel fantastic breaking this (personal) record, but I want to thank my teammates because without them, I couldn't have gotten this far." 

Rising's win over Reno separates the two clubs, now by nine points at the top of the USL Western Conference standings. Both teams entered Friday night with high-powered goal totals that were first and second, respectively. Despite Reno's Corey Hertzog scoring his 12th goal of the season, Phoenix were just too much to handle. 

Asante admitted that a sudden swap with Junior Flemmings on the wings was an example of Rising FC doing anything they could to offset Reno's diamond midfield that disrupted the channels in which Flemmings and Asante often receive the ball from.

Specifically, the swap occurred because Reno's adjustment to conceding its first goal ten minutes prior.

Flemmings took the first chance he saw, which didn't present itself until the 20th minute. Reno were slow to track the ball as it horizontally crossed the field to Rising FC defender Amadou Dia. The passed to Flemmings, who caught his defender in a 1-on-1 situation. He dipped his shoulder inside twice from right to left, faking out defenders and scored with a low-powered strike, piercing the back corner of the net.

Phoenix Rising manager said he was impressed with the way his team adjusted to the adjustments, a key point the team focused on this week in training. 

"If we weren't in such good form, I'd like to say that's the best team in the Western Conference," Schantz said.

Phoenix Rising continued their streak on $1 Beer Night with their 13th consecutive win Friday against Reno and for the first time in club regular season history, Phoenix Rising will host back-to-back $1 Beer Nights.

Kickoff Aug. 23 against Sacramento Republic FC is set for 7:30 p.m. at Casino Arizona Field.

Notes

Phoenix Rising defender Mustapha Dumbuya scored his first goal of the season Friday against Reno 1868. Schantz said he was equally impressed with the right back's celebration, as he was with Dumbuya's diligent effort in front of goal. 

"He played in England and in Europe. He's a good leader," Schantz said. "For us, he's quiet. But I mean, athletically (he's) one of the fastest right backs in the league and difficult to beat. But he was very smart tonight and we needed that."

For story ideas about Phoenix Rising FC, contact Drake Hills via email at DHills@gannett.com. Follow Drake on Twitter at @LiveLifeDrake

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