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Sacramento Republic FC Defeats LA Galaxy II 2-1

Sacramento Republic FC use goals from Luis Espino and Villyan Bijev to erase an early deficit and defeat LA Galaxy II 2-1 in front of sold-out crowd at Papa Murphy’s Park.

 Los Dos started the match out with a bang. Forward Ethan Zubak scored in the first 10 seconds, a USL record for fastest goal, beating the previous held record of Jordan Hamilton’s 18th second strike for Wilmington Hammerheads FC in 2014. Midfielder Alejandro Covarrubias took the opening kickoff and sent it long to Zubak who headed the ball down and sent a dipping shot from about 25 yards out that went up and over Dominik Jakubek and into the back of the net.

 Republic FC would answer back with a goal in the 26th minute. Forward Sammy Ochoa attacked down the right side, getting all the way to the touchline. Ochoa dragged the ball back to his left foot and sent a curling cross to the far post. Midfielder Luis Espino, making his Republic FC debut tonight, went unmarked at the far post as he sent his header into the back of the net for the equalizer.  The score would remain 1-1 going into the half.

 Tyler Blackwood had a glorious chance to put Republic FC up a goal in the 59th minute when he used his speed to blow past the Los Dos defense. Blackwood took three touches towards keeper Eric Lopez, who had to come off his line to stop the attack. Blackwood blasted a low shot, but Lopez slid and deflected the breakaway chance out of harm’s way.

 Republic FC would find the go-ahead goal in the 61st minute. Midfielder Villyan Bijev had the ball at his feet in the center of the pitch, 25 yards away from goal. He picked his head up and curled a right-footed shot past the defenders in his way and a diving Lopez for his second goal for Republic FC and putting the home side ahead 2-1.

 Second-half substitute Harry Williams nearly added a third goal in the 89th minute. Williams ran onto a long through ball and beat the defense as he headed for goal. Lopez came rushing off his line to cut down the angle for Williams to shoot at. Williams sent a left-footed shot on goal, but Lopez went to ground to make the save. The match ended a few minutes later with Republic FC securing the three points with a 2-1 victory over their rivals LA Galaxy II.

 “We looked dangerous and we deserved to win,” said Republic FC Head Coach and Technical Director Paul Buckle after the victory. “We have shown great character this season. To come back when you fall behind, it shows character and we’ve got that. There are no easy games in this league.”

 Republic FC continues their four-match home stand when they host Oklahoma City Energy FC on Saturday, Sept. 23.  Kickoff is 7:30 p.m. at Papa Murphy’s Park.  Tickets are available at SacRepublicFC.com.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations

Sacramento Republic FC Falls to LA Galaxy II 0-4 in Preski’s Last Match as Head Coach

Photo by Shawn Jonas

Despite some early chances for Sacramento Republic FC, LA Galaxy II got on the score sheet first in the 18th minute. Midfielder Alejandro Covarrubias received the ball in the middle of the field and attacked the center of the defense. Republic FC defender Nemanja Vuković stepped up to try to make a tackle in the box, but Covarrubias was able to slide a pass to Jamie Villareal on the left wing. Villareal took one touch and sent a shot near post and past keeper Patrick McLain for an early 1-0 Los Dos lead.

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Republic FC were relentless going into halftime, with a flurry of chances coming from Max Alvarez, Emrah Klimenta, David Estrada and Justin Braun. A few missed shots and a diving save from LA Galaxy II keeper Clement Diop kept the scoreline 1-0 in favor of Los Dos going into halftime.

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LA Galaxy II came out firing in the second half, scoring in the 47th minute. After a giveaway in the middle of the field, Los Dos swung the ball out wide to Jack McBean, who sent a cross into the box for midfielder Ariel Lassiter. Lassiter skied over the defense and drilled a header off of McLain’s glove which then hit the bottom of the crossbar and down past the line for a goal.

LA Galaxy II added another goal in the 50th minute when midfielder Andre Auras bent a free kick over the wall and past a diving McLain, who got a glove to it, and into the back of the net for a 3-0 lead.

LA Galaxy II forward McBean scored Los Dos’ fourth and final goal in the 76th minute. The goal pushed the final score line to 4-0 in favor of the visitors.

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“Sometimes that is football”, said Republic FC Head Coach Preki. “You just don’t get the result you are looking for. I am really proud of our effort.”

Republic FC will be back in action on Tuesday, July 14, when they take on English Premier League side, Sunderland AFC at Bonney Field. Kickoff is 8:00 p.m. Tickets for the match are still available and may be purchased at Ticketmaster.com.

Game Recap Courtesy to the Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations