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Sacramento Republic FC Falls to Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC 1-0

Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC defeat Sacramento Republic FC 1-0 behind a 36th minute goal from Kevaughn Frater and a stout defensive performance.

 The match began with both teams feeling each other out, but Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC, who needed a win or tie to keep their playoff hopes alive, pushed to find an early goal.  Despite the early pressure by the Switchbacks, it was Republic FC who would see the best early chance in the 27th minute.  Midfielder Villyan Bijev attacked through the middle of the field, reaching the top of the box before laying the ball wide to the left where Wilson Kneeshaw was making a run.  Kneeshaw attempted a right-footed shot, but a diving Switchbacks defender was there just in the nick of time to knock the ball out for a corner.

 The Switchbacks pressure would break through in the 36th minute on a play that started down the left side.  Defender Josh Suggs drove the ball down the side before cutting the ball back and sending a cross toward the back post.  Midfielder Kevaughn Frater chested the ball down and took a quick touch before firing a low shot past the defense and into the back post to put the Switchbacks ahead 1-0 going into the half.

 Looking to increase their lead, the Switchbacks would continue the attack early in the second half.  In the 53rd minute they had their best chance on a corner by Masta Kacher.  The midfielder’s looping pass went into the middle of the box where it was popped straight up in the air.  Frater tried to knock the ball toward the net, but it was punched out by Newton instead, but only as far as Shawn Chin who chested the ball down before hitting a long shot from around 30-yards out.  The ball started going toward the upper right corner but bent high and wide right, keeping the score 1-0.

 The Switchbacks almost doubled their lead again in the 76th minute.  The ball went long where both Akwafei Ajeakwa and Frater had beat the defense.  Frater brought the long ball down in a one-on-one with Newton and attempted to chip the Republic FC keeper, but Newton was quick to leap in the air and snag the ball to keep Republic FC in the match.

 Republic FC had their best chance of the half a minute into stoppage time. Kiffe’s corner went to the far post where Jeremy Hall jumped high to head the ball back into the middle.  Villyan Bijev made a run to that spot and was able to snap a header toward the goal, but Dan Jackson was quick to dive and make the save.

 Republic FC will finish their three-match road trip when they travel to face Reno 1868 FC on Saturday, Oct. 14.  With a win or a tie in that match Republic FC will clinch their fourth straight playoff appearance.  Republic FC would also clinch a playoff spot with a loss or a draw tonight by Orange County SC.  Kickoff for the match against Reno 1868 FC is 7:30 p.m. at Greater Nevada Field.  The match will be streamed live at SacRepublicFC.com/matchday-guide.

Sacramento Republic FC Falls to San Antonio FC 1-0

A 64th minute penalty kick proved to be the difference as Sacramento Republic FC fall 1-0 to San Antonio FC, extending San Antonio’s undefeated start to the season.

Republic FC started the match very strong, pressing San Antonio FC’s defense looking for a goal.  They had their best chance on goal in just the 18th minute after forward Sammy Ochoa stole the ball in the attacking third earning himself a one-on-one situation with San Antonio FC goalkeeper Diego Restrepo.  Ochoa looked to beat the keeper with a left footed shot, but Restrepo was there with a foot save.  The ball did bounce back in a dangerous area and found the feet of forward Wilson Kneeshaw in front of goal, but defender Stephen McCarthy was there to make a sliding tackle to clear the ball from danger.

The best chance of the first half for San Antonio FC came late in stoppage time, which seemed to extend long past the one-minute allotted.  Defender Ben Newnam stole the ball on the right side of the field and drove toward the touchline before sending in a high-arching cross. Newnam’s cross found the head of midfielder Rafa Castillo who sent a shot toward goal, but the ball went just over the bar keeping the match scoreless at the half.

 Republic FC again came out strong to start the second half, earning two corners and a free kick in the first three minutes.  Danny Barrera’s corner in the 48th minute found the head of Kneeshaw who sent the ball into the box where it was batted around before falling to the feet of midfielder Daniel Trickett-Smith.  The midfielder attempted a right-footed volley, but his shot sailed over the bar.

 Republic FC would have another chance in the 61st minute off a throw-in from the right side.  Barrera received the throw, turned to the middle before sending a cross into the box.  Trickett-Smith found space in the middle of the box, leaping high in the air to connect with Barrera’s cross, and sending a shot toward the lower right corner of the goal.  Restrepo read the header well and again was there to make the diving save.

 San Antonio FC would strike just minutes later.  In the 63rd minute, a San Antonio throw deep in Republic FC’s attacking third sprung a counter attack down the right side.  Kris Tyrpak led the attack down the right side before chipping the ball toward Akwafei Ajeakwa.  The substitute forward attempted to head the ball down, but was tripped up in the box, earning San Antonio a penalty. Castillo stepped up to take the ensuing penalty, firing a strike to the top right side of the goal that just beat the outstretched hand of Evan Newton who had guessed right.   The penalty put San Antonio FC ahead 1-0.

 Republic FC fought valiantly to find an equalizer and looked to have found it in the 84th minute. Midfielder Jeremy Hall played a long ball back into the box after a Republic FC corner kick was cleared to near midfield.  Hall’s long-ball found Emrah Klimenta who headed the ball across goal to Ochoa who was making a run down the middle of the box. Ochoa was able to get a foot on Klimenta’s cross, but Restrepo, who made four saves on the night, was again there for the save.

Republic FC complete their second three-match road stretch of the season when they travel to Salt Lake City to take on Real Monarchs SLC on Saturday, May 13.  Kickoff is 6:30 pm.  The match will be broadcast live on CW31.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations

Sacramento Republic FC Ties Orange County Blues FC 3-3

Sacramento Republic FC earn a road point after four goals are scored in the final 20 minutes of a dramatic affair with Orange County Blues FC.

Orange County Blues FC controlled most of the possession in the first 20 minutes of the match, but it was Sacramento Republic FC who struck first on a corner kick in the 21st minute. Midfielder Danny Barrera played a short corner to Alfonso Motagalvan, who sprinted toward the corner flag. Motagalvan then played the ball back to Barrera, who sent a cross to the far post toward Mike da Fonte. The defender sent a one-touch, right-footed volley that hit the inside of the right post and found the back of the net to give Republic FC an early 1-0 lead, which would hold until halftime.

The second half started with Republic FC as the aggressor, but this time it was the Blues that struck first. The Blues drew a penalty in the 50th minute after defender Brenton Griffiths was brought down in the box while attempting to get his head on a corner kick. Midfielder Didier Crettenand stepped up to the take the penalty, rolling the ball into the right corner of the goal while goalkeeper Evan Newton dove left, leveling the score at 1-1.

The Blues found the net again in the 72nd minute. Former Republic FC midfielder Ivan Mirković played a ball through on the left side to substitute forward Akwafei Ajeakwa, who settled the ball on the far left side of the box before sending a cross toward the back post. Trevin Caesar jumped in the air and sent a right-footed volley past Newton to put the Blues ahead 2-1.

Republic FC wasted no time in responding, finding an equalizer in the 79th minute. Barrera took a corner again, this time playing it to the near post. Forward Cameron Iwasa beat his man to the ball, jumping high in the air to head the ball into the goal, to even the score to 2-2.

The Blues once again took the lead in the 81st minute. About 20 yards from goal, near the top of the penalty area on the left side, Ajeakwa was taken down for a free kick. Two Blues players created a slight opening in the wall on Crettenand’s ensuing free kick, which the midfielder used as he hit a hard shot into the top right corner of the goal, giving the Blues a 3-2 lead.

Republic FC once again responded quickly, finding another equalizer in the 83rd minute. Defender James Kiffe played the ball up the left side of the field to Max Alvarez. The substitute midfielder took the pass and immediately crossed the ball into the box, bouncing pas Iwasa and finding substitute forward Mackenzie Pridham. Pridham’s left-footed volley found the upper left corner of the goal and past the diving Josh Cohen making the score 3-3.

Republic FC will continue their five-match road stretch when they travel to Colorado Springs, Colo. and take on Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC on July Saturday, 16. Kickoff is 6 p.m. The match will be streamed live at SacRepublicFC.com/matchday.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations