Phoenix FC comes up just short against Dayton
MAY 11, 2013 10:15p ET
Phoenix took an early lead in the sixth minute as a close-range effort by Thomas Ramos hit the underside of the crossbar and dropped over the goal line. The Dutch Lions came close to an equalizer when a volley went just over the crossbar in the 13th minute, but they were able to get back on even terms in the 18th minute as an angled pass by Shintaro Harada found Joel DeLass in space on the left, and the midfielder shot low into the right corner of the net.
The game remained open at both ends. Phoenix forced a good save from Matt Williams to tip an effort over the crossbar, and Wolves goalkeeper Andrew Weber also had to be sharp, making a good save off an attempt from Brandon Swartzendruber in the 26th minute.
Dayton took the lead in the final minute of the first half, with Gibson Bardsley getting a return pass from a throw-in on the left before cutting into the penalty area and shooting into the right corner of the net. Bardsley then added a second three minutes into the second half, latching onto a pass by Eli Garner before shooting low into the left corner from the right side of the penalty area.
Dayton appeared to have put the game away with 13 minutes to play after the Dutch Lions were awarded a penalty kick for a foul in the penalty area and DeLass shot low into the left side of the net to make it 4-1. Phoenix hit back just two minutes later, however, with Aaron King driving home a fierce finish from 12 yards for his second goal in as many games.
The Wolves then pulled within a goal just a minute later, with Peabo Doue heading home a corner with 10 minutes to go. Phoenix thought it had tied the game off a free kick three minutes later only for the assistant referee's flag to be raised for offside. The Wolves had another quality chance on a corner in the 89th minute, with a header going just over the crossbar, but they were unable to find a fourth goal to earn a point.