On Saturday night, Rising returned home to Casino Arizona field after a three-game road trip that started on September 25, with a loss to Fresno which ended their record-setting consecutive game win streak at 20 games.
After losing to Fresno, Phoenix tied New Mexico 2-2 at Isotopes Park and scored a decisive 5-2 victory in Portland against Timbers 2.
Rising came home to host the #4 Real Monarchs from Salt Lake who they beat 4-2 at Zions Bank Stadium back on May 25.
The first half was a defensive battle with neither team scoring a goal.
Phoenix cranked up the offensive pressure and the physical play in the second half.
Phoenix midfielder James Musa and striker Solomon Asante both received yellow cards and Rising forcing Monarch’s goalkeeper Andrew Putna to make several saves.
Salt Lake broke the scoreless tie when Maikel Chang scored a penalty goal in the 74’.
It took Rising striker Ben Spencer less than 10 minutes to answer back with his 5th goal of the season.
Phoenix defender Amadou Dia received a yellow card in the 86’. Moments later Konrad Plewa for Real Monarchs and Rising’s Corey Whelan received red cards for a scuffle they were involved in just before the end of regular time.
Phoenix eventually wound up losing when Kyle Coffee buried the game-winner for Real Monarchs with just seconds remaining in extra time.
Rising wrap up their regular season at home this Friday when they host OKC Energy on their ever-popular $1 Beer Night.