A goal in the 12th minute from AJ Ajeakwa was all San Antonio FC needed, as it defeated Phoenix Rising FC 1-0 Saturday night at Toyota Field in San Antonio.
The win for San Antonio is its eighth in 10 matches, with two draws, the only team to be unbeaten in the USL this season.
Phoenix Rising had a couple of early chances in the first ten minutes. A corner in the fourth minute was parried away by San Antonio ‘keeper Diego Restrepo, and a weak Chris Cortez shot was saved by Restrepo in the sixth minute.
San Antonio got on the board in the 12th minute, when Billy Forbes forced a turnover in the midfield and found Kris Tyrpak out wide right. Tyrpak fed the ball in to Ajeawka, who put the ball over Josh Cohen into the top of the net for a 1-0 lead.
San Antonio kept the pressure on for the majority of the first half, forcing Phoenix Rising into multiple turnovers in the midfield, which became counter attacks by San Antonio. In the 25th minute, Tyrpak was able to drive down the left and got a shot off that was saved by Cohen, who left a big rebound that was cleared away by Kody Wakasa. Then in the 33rd minute, Forbes forced another turnover and whipped a cross into the box, but just missed the outstretched leg of Devin Vega.
San Antonio almost doubled its lead right at the end of the first half, when Wakasa fouled Forbes just outside the box on the right hand edge. Vega whipped in the dangerous free kick on frame, and Cohen was up to the test, making the save to keep the match at 1-0 at the end of the first half.
Play stagnated for a majority of the second half. The best chance Phoenix Rising had in the second half was in the 85th minute, when Jason Johnson had a ball just outside the box, but his shot went wide.
Phoenix Rising FC returns to league play next Saturday when it travels to Carson, Calif. to face LA Galaxy II at the StubHub Center Track Stadium at 7:30 p.m.