Lights FC blanked in home loss to Rising FC

Playing their third match in a week, Las Vegas Lights FC couldn’t muster a goal in a 2-0 home loss to Phoenix Rising FC. Junior Flemmings converted a penalty after a handball from Javan Torre and Rufat Dadashov added an insurance goal late for Rising FC.

Key Stats

One shot on goal. While they finished with 13 shots total, only one forced a save from Zac Lubin. 7.7% shooting accuracy is not typically going to cut it, especially against a great team like Phoenix.

71% passing accuracy. On the season, the Lights average 79% success rate on their passes. Last night, they just couldn’t connect as well as they needed to or normally do.

Three Brightest Lights

Mobi Fehr: He started at right-back against a dangerous attacking side and held up well, finishing with three tackles and three interceptions. He also wasn’t afraid to get physical, picking up five fouls and a yellow card. The gifted passer also connected on four crosses and created two chances.

Seth Moses: With the club lacking the finesse passing on the night, Moses’ physicality was much-needed by the Lights. He won 8/11 duels, made four tackles, and added two shots.

Yamikani Chester: Getting another start on the right wing, he tried to push the action forward for the Lights. Chester made three key passes and was the most active attacking player for Frank Yallop’s side.

Quick Kicks

  • Lights FC’s official press-released recap mentioned a questionable call (wrongfully stated in the first half) that led to the penalty. The penalty was correctly awarded after a clear handball in the box by Javan Torre on a cross towards the far post.
  • Thomas Olsen, getting his second consecutive start and his second of the season, almost made the save on that penalty. He got a hand on it and deflected it off the post, but it found the back of the net.
  • The pitch at Cashman Field is definitely in rough shape. Summer heat in Las Vegas can do that to any grass, but it definitely doesn’t make for an ideal playing surface for either club. With two more home matches this season, the Lights need to give that grass some TLC.
  • Quincy Amarikwa made his debut and definitely showcased his tenacity and the ability to get under the skin of his opponents during his appearance. After getting that run out in the second half, we will see if he’s good to start up top next time out.
  • Speaking of the next time out, with no midweek match beforehand, the Lights should benefit from finally being able to recharge their legs. They have played a midweek match every week since having a break from August 1-15.

What’s Next?

It won’t be long before these two clubs meet again. Lights FC will go on the road to face Phoenix this Friday. Rising FC have won all five of their matches at home this season, scoring 20 goals in those fixtures.

Carson A Merk

Reporting live from Sin City, I have covered both RGVFC and Las Vegas Lights FC since their inceptions. I also write profiles to highlight players from the NCAA to USL to NWSL and everywhere in between.