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Sacramento Republic FC Tie San Antonio FC 1-1

Early goal from Emrah Klimenta and a strong defensive effort give Sacramento Republic FC a hard earned point in 1-1 draw with visiting San Antonio FC in front of sold out crowd at Papa Murphy’s Park. 

Sacramento Republic FC opened the scoring in the 19th minute. Both sides were locked in a back and forth battle before Emrah Klimenta and Danny Barrera linked up for the first goal. Klimenta surged out of the back line with the ball at his feet before finding Barrera in the attacking third. Klimenta continued his run and Barrera slid a through ball in front of Klimenta and gave him enough time and space to get a shot off. Klimenta struck his right-foot through the ball as he sent his one-timed effort past San Antonio FC keeper Lee Johnston and into the net for the 1-0 lead for Republic FC.

San Antonio FC answered shortly after in the 31st minute. Forward AJ Ajeakwa ran onto a through ball from Kris Tyrpak as he found space behind Republic FC’s defense. Ajeakwa seemed to be losing his balance and looked to be going to ground but the forward steadied himself just enough to flick a right-footed shot past Republic FC keeper Evan Newton and into the corner of the net to equalize for San Antonio FC.

Klimenta had a great chance to double up in the 34th minute when he found himself on the end of a Barrera corner kick. Klimenta’s initial shot was blocked, but he secured the rebound and sent a second shot on goal that forced Johnston to block it away. Klimenta was in position to snatch a second rebound and send a third shot on goal, only to have Johnston make another save to start the counterattack. The score would remain 1-1 going into halftime.

Newton was tested in the 60th minute when San Antonio gained ground on the right wing. Midfielder Billy Forbes attacked up the right side before he cut inside and picked his head up. Forbes whipped a left-footed strike on goal and Newton had to get to full stretch to make the save and push the shot away.

Not to be outdone, Johnston answered his call to action in the 72nd minute. Republic FC forward Wilson Kneeshaw sprinted past the defense and onto a lofted ball. Kneeshaw had only Johnston to beat as he sent the shot on goal. Johnston trapped the ball at his feet while going to the ground to make the crucial save.

Republic FC had two golden opportunities to take the lead go begging in the 79th and 87th minutes. Strong buildup play landed the ball at the feet of second-half substitute Gabe Gissie on the right wing. Gissie sent a perfectly driven low cross to the far post that glided past the defense and Johnston. Daniel Trickett-Smith was in prime position on the back post to redirect the ball into the empty net. Trickett-Smith missed the target and sent it just wide of the goal.

Trickett-Smith found redemption in the 87th minute with a perfect corner kick that found the head of Gissie. The midfielder headed the ball back across the face of goal to Jeremy Hall, who then sent his header right back to the center for Wilson Kneeshaw. Kneeshaw could not wrap his foot around the ball as his one-timed shot sailed just over the net and out of play, ending the in a 1-1 draw.

“I enjoyed watching us play tonight,” said Republic FC Head Coach and Technical Director Paul Buckle. “I think tactically it worked. It was a wonderful goal for Emrah. I was very pleased with the work rate and the effort.“ 

Republic FC will take a three-week break from USL play as their next USL match will be Sunday, Jul. 23 against Seattle Sounders FC 2.  In the meantime, Republic FC will host CF Pachuca on Saturday, Jul. 15.  Kickoff is 8 p.m. at Papa Murphy’s Park.  Tickets are available at Ticketmaster.com.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations

Sacramento Republic FC Defeat Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2-1

Agustin Cazarez’s late goal completes the comeback and gives Sacramento Republic FC the three points with a 2-1 victory over Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2.

Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 came out as the aggressors early in the match as they capitalized in the fifth minute. Midfielder Ben McKendry, minutes after getting a shot on goal that was saved by Republic FC keeper Evan Newton, found a loose ball on the right wing. McKendry wasted no time in crossing the ball to the far post as he found an unmarked Terran Campbell waiting for the ball. Campbell blasted a shot that snuck under the cross bar and into the net for the early 1-0 lead.

Republic FC equalized in the 12th minute thanks to a stellar play from forward Sammy Ochoa. WFC2 defender Sem de Wit had the ball at his feet and Ochoa applied the pressure and took it from him. Ochoa took two touches towards goal and slid a powerful left-footed strike that beat oncoming WFC2 keeper Spencer Richey and went into the far post. The goal was Ochoa’s fifth goal in for USL play this season.

Both keepers in the match took turns making strong saves. Newton made a fantastic play in the 35th minute when he snuffed out a Vancouver attack coming up the left wing. Newton came off his line to stop a one-timed shot off a cross from the wing, which he fully laid out to make the save. Spencer Richey did his part in the 52nd minute when second half substitute Daniel Trickett-Smith flew up the wing before feeding the ball into Trevin Caesar’s feet. Caesar fired a shot right on goal only to have Richey make an impressive save to clear it away. Richey was forced to make another strong save in the 68th minute when Republic FC defender Elliott Hord sent a right-footed rocket on goal. Richey dove to his left and blocked the shot away.

Republic FC pulled ahead in the 74th minute of the match with a beautiful team goal. A build up play led to the ball getting to Tyler Blackwood out on the right wing. Blackwood darted past his defender, megging him in the process, as he picked his head up and sent a cross into the box. After a deflection sent the ball into Caesar, the forward laid the ball off behind him to Agustin Cazarez just outside the box. Cazarez snapped his left foot through the ball and placed his shot where nobody could get it as it hit the back of the net and gave Republic the lead for good. Cazarez’s goal was his second in as many matches for Republic FC, this one serving as the match winner.

“I think it was a slow start,“ said Republic FC Assistant Head Coach Adam Smith. “I think it showed a lot of character to come back. After going a goal down, we quickly came back which was great to see.”

Sacramento Republic FC’s next match will be against Rio Grande Valley FC Toros on Wednesday, June 21st at 8:00 PM at Papa Murphy’s Park.

Match Recap Courtesy of Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations 

Sacramento Republic FC Tie Seattle Sounders FC 2 2-2

Tyler Blackwood’s last second goal earns Sacramento Republic FC a point on the road as they draw 2-2 with Seattle Sounders FC 2. 

Sacramento Republic FC came out very strong against Seattle Sounders FC 2, pressing the S2 backline and dominating possession.  In the 12th minute Republic FC would have their first real chance of the match. Defender James Kiffe had the ball on the left side of the field before sliding the ball to forward Trevin Caesar at the top left corner of the box.  Caesar cut inside to beat the defender, freeing himself for a low shot toward the inside post, but S2 keeper Tyler Miller was quick to get down to keep the match scoreless early.

Republic FC would have another good chance in the 26th minute.  Kiffe was again involved in the play, this time battling Denso Ulysse on the left side.  The ball popped away from the two players in the corner, finding midfielder Agustin Cazarez who was trailing the play.  Cazarez sent a lofted cross toward the back post where it found Elliott Hord, but the defender’s ball across the front of the goal was grabbed by a diving Miller. 

S2 had their best chance of the half in the 38th minute.  Midfielder Ray Saari took the ball nearly the length of the field before laying the ball off to David Olsen at the top right corner of the box. Olsen took a bad touch on the pass, but was still able to send a cross on the volley.  Olsen’s cross toward the back post and Saari was able to connect with a header toward goal, but the ball went just over the bar keeping the match scoreless going into the half.

The second half started much the same way the first did, with Republic FC dominating both the possession and chances.  The constant pressure finally paid off in the 59th minute.  Midfielder Danny Barrera had the ball in the middle of the pitch and had enough space to lift his head up and pick up Caesar making a run down the middle.  Barrera played Caesar open and into a one-on-one situation with Miller.  Caesar chested the ball down before sending a strike that beat Miller and found the far side of the net, putting Republic FC ahead 1-0. 

S2 would equalize in the 78th minute.  Midfielder Zach Mathers was brought down on the right side of the field near the edge of the box, earning a free kick.  Mathers took the ensuing free kick, sending an arced ball toward the back post.  Defender Brian Nana-Sinkam was able to get behind his defender and head the ball past goalkeeper Dominik Jakubek and into the goal, leveling the score at 1-1.

In the 86th minute S2 looked to have sealed a victory.   Substitute midfielder Charles Bimbe-Renken, making his first appearances with S2, sent a cross from the far right side of the field toward the back post.  Midfielder David Olsen was able to get a head on Bimbe-Renken’s cross and nod the ball past the onrushing Jakubek and into the goal, putting S2 ahead 2-1.

Republic FC was able to find a very late equalizer on the last play of the match.  After a corner was not fully cleared by S2, the ball was played to the right and fell to Daniel Trickett-Smith.  The substitute midfielder played the ball to the left to Hord who took a second before sending the ball into the box.  The ball was knocked around in the box before Cazarez was able to tap the ball a few yards to his right where substitute forward Tyler Blackwood was waiting with an open look at goal.  Blackwood touched the ball down with his right foot before blasting a shot with his left that beat the keeper, salvaging a point for Republic FC.

Republic FC will return home on Wednesday, May 31, to take on Reno 1868 FC in the Third Round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.  Kickoff is 7:30 p.m. at Papa Murphy’s Park.  Tickets to the U.S. Open Cup match are available at Ticketmaster.com.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento Republic FC  Media Relations

Sacramento Republic FC Defeat FC Anahuac 4-0

Sacramento Republic FC advance to the Third Round of the 2017 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup with a 4-0 victory over FC Anahuac behind a brace from Harry Williams and a goal each from Wilson Kneeshaw and Daniel Trickett-Smith.

Sacramento Republic FC broke through in the 12th minute after dominating possession from the start. Midfielder Elliott Hord was able to find space on the right flank and send a low driven cross into the box for forward Harry Williams who got a flick touch onto the ball, sending it inside the far post and into the side netting for the opening goal.

Three minutes later, Hord would again link up with Williams on a very similar cross, which the forward was able to knock past FC Anahuac keeper Angel Octavio Alvarez and into the back of the net for Williams’ second goal of the match, putting Republic FC ahead 2-0.

FC Anahuac had a decent chance on goal in the 37th minute when forward Ismael Santana was able to beat Republic FC keeper Dominik Jakubek to a ball in the air. Santana chested the ball down and had to turn to face goal as he sent a shot right at Jakubek who was able to parry it away to a defender.

Republic FC forward Sammy Ochoa had a good look on goal in the 43rd minute as he blasted a right-footed shot on goal. Alvarez was in a good position to make the save and push the ball out of play. Republic FC would go into a halftime with a 2-0 lead. 

Williams nearly had his hat trick goal in the 53rd minute, once again getting behind a cross from Hord, but Alvarez was able to make a key save again. Forward Sammy Ochoa had a breakaway chance snuffed out by Alvarez just a few minutes later. Williams had two more chances to snatch his hat trick before he was substituted off for Wilson Kneeshaw.

Kneeshaw converted a penalty kick, an appropriate birthday gift to himself, in the 66th minute after he was clipped in the box by FC Anahuac defender Christian Esnal Fernandez. Kneeshaw calmly placed the ball in the bottom left corner of the goal, past a diving Alvarez, putting Republic FC ahead 3-0.

Second half substitute Daniel Trickett-Smith would score Republic FC’s fourth in the 85th minute when he drilled home a rocket, side-winding volley. Forward Trevin Caesar attacked up the left side and sent a shot on goal that was deflected straight up in to the air. Trickett-Smith was in perfect position to send his volley on net as he found the back of the net to give Republic FC a 4-0 lead, which they would carry to the final whistle.

“No game is a gimme“, said Republic FC Head Coach and Technical Director Paul Buckle. “We stuck together and we got a good result tonight.”

Republic FC will host Reno 1868 FC on Wednesday, May 31, in the Third Round of the U.S. Open Cup. Location and kickoff TBD.

Republic FC return to USL play when they host Tulsa Roughnecks FC on Saturday, May 20 at Papa Murphy’s Park.  Kickoff is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are still available at Ticketmaster.com.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento Republic FC  Media Relations

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 Fall To Portland Timbers 2 0-2

Goals from Villyan Bijev and Victor Arboleda help Portland Timbers 2 hand Sacramento Republic FC their first regular season home loss since Jul. 6, 2016.

Sacramento Republic FC and Portland Timbers 2 played a back and forth first half of the match. Republic FC came closest with a few scoring opportunities off set pieces. Midfielder Daniel Trickett-Smith nearly scored on a direct free kick in the 4th minute, but just couldn’t quite get the ball over the defensive wall. A few minutes later it was Trickett-Smith again, this time linking up with Republic FC captain Danny Barrera to try to beat the T2 defensive line with some layoff passes, but unfortunately the attack was again foiled by the T2 defense.

T2 would jump on the score sheet first in the 40th minute when they were awarded a penalty kick for a foul called in the box on Republic FC defender Jeremy Hall. Midfielder Vilyan Bijev calmly stepped up to the spot in front the imposing north bleacher and Tower Bridge Battalion, who were screaming down on him, and coolly sent a chipped penalty kick that beat Republic FC keeper Evan Newton and put the visitors in front 1-0 going into halftime.

Republic FC came out of halftime strong with a couple threatening crosses from defender James Kiffe, but neither was converted into a goal. Wilson Kneeshaw was able to get his head to one of Kiffe’s spectacular services a few minutes later, but just couldn’t steer it on frame. Trickett-Smith also had a chance for a strike in the 53rd minute after a perfect drop-off pass from forward Trevin Caesar, but the T2 defense was able to block the shot away.

T2 would add to their lead in the 68th minute after Newton came off his line to stop a streaking attack. Newton made the initial stop, but the rebound was collected by midfielder Victor Arboleda who took the ball a few touches to his right before sending a grounded shot into the bottom left corner of the goal giving T2 the 2-0 lead.

Republic FC nearly pulled one back in the 84th minute when defender Chris Christian sent a long-looping ball into the box which found the head of Trickett-Smith. The midfielder redirected a header on net, but T2 keeper Wade Hamilton stretched out to make a crucial save to essentially secure the visitors’ two-goal victory.

 “We gifted them the game,” said Republic FC Head Coach and Technical Director Paul Buckle. “We had our chances in the match. It wasn’t about tactics; we just couldn’t put it in the back of the net. We were our own worst enemy.”

Republic FC begin another three-match road stretch on Saturday, Apr. 29 when they travel to take on Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2. Kickoff is 3 p.m. The match will be streamed live at SacRepublicFC.com/matchday-guide and YouTube.com/USL.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations

Sacramento Republic FC Falls To Swope Park Rangers 0-1

Sacramento Republic FC fall 1-0 in a hard fought match against Swope Park Rangers, completing a difficult early-season three-match road stretch.

The match started with Swope Park Rangers controlling most of the possession, but Republic FC’s defense was up to the task, keeping the Rangers offense quiet through the first half.  

Republic FC would have their first strong chance on goal in the 22nd minute.  Republic FC’s attack started with midfielder Danny Barrera finding forward Wilson Kneeshaw, who had beat his man down the right side of the field.  Kneeshaw ran onto Barrera’s long ball and fired a right-footed shot toward the near post.  Rangers’ goalkeeper Andrew Dykstra was there to deflect Kneeshaw’s shot, but the ball went right back to Kneeshaw who found Daniel Trickett-Smith at the top of the box.  The midfielder took a shot, but his shot, like Kneeshaw’s, was deflected, keeping the match scoreless.

The Rangers had their best looks on goal successively in the 29th and 30th minutes.  The first look was started by Colton Storm who sent a grounded cross into the box that was parried away by Dominik Jakubek, but right to the feet of Christian Duke who made a centering pass to former Republic FC forward Cameron Iwasa who fired toward goal only to have his shot blocked by his own teammate Mark Anthony Gonzalez.  The forward recovered the ball before turning and sending another shot toward goal, but it was saved by Jakubek before getting cleared off the line by Moffat.

However, the danger was not completely over as Storm would start the second wave of pressure again crossing the ball to the middle.  Storm’s cross found Iwasa who was cutting laterally in the box. Iwasa attempted a one-touch shot, but his shot was deflected again, but again found the feet of Gonzalez who took another shot, but a sliding Jakubek was there to clear the danger.  Duke would collect the clearance, however, firing a final shot toward goal, but a deflection allowed Hall to clear the ball as Republic FC’s defense held strong despite the flurry of opportunities for the Rangers, keeping the match scoreless going into the half.

Republic FC came out strong in the second half, controlling more of the possession and getting most of the chances. Republic FC’s first good chance of the second half came in the 54th minute on a break. Defender Elliott Hord sent a long through ball from the right side that was just beyond the reach of Tyler Blackwood who was making a near post run. A Swope Park defender attempted to clear Hord’s through ball, but his clearance went right to the feet of Blackwood who continued his run. Blackwood took a strong shot toward the right side of the goal, but the ball went just wide to the right of the goal keeping the match at 0-0.

The Rangers would break the deadlock in the 70th minute. Duke had the ball in the middle of the field before sending it to forward Kharlton Belmar on the right side.  Belmar touched the ball around his mark and hustled toward the end line before sending a strike toward the near post. Jakubek read the shot well, knocking the ball away, but his deflection was in the perfect place for Gonzalez as he followed the play.  Gonzalez nodded the ball into the back of the net, giving the Rangers the 1-0 lead.

Republic FC seemed to be energized by the goal as they immediately looked for an equalizer. In the 74th minute midfielder Adam Moffat intercepted a pass in the attacking third, beginning a Republic FC break. Moffat took a few touches toward the middle, splitting the defense, before sending a left-footed shot toward goal, but his attempt was a little high and wide left. Republic FC would continue to press, getting multiple chances in the final 15 minutes, but were unable to find an equalizer, giving the Rangers the 1-0 victory.

Republic FC finishes their arduous road stretch that saw the club travel almost 7,000 miles to play three matches in the span of seven days, their most difficult road stretch of the season. Republic FC will return home on Saturday, Apr. 22 when they take on Portland Timbers 2 at Papa Murphy’s Park.  Kickoff is 7:30 p.m. Tickets to the match are still available at Ticketmaster.com.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations

Sacramento Republic FC Falls To Oklahoma City Energy FC 0-1

Sacramento Republic FC drop first match of the season 1-0 to Oklahoma City Energy FC after playing with just 10-men after receiving their first red card of the season.  Miguel Gonzalez’ bicycle kick goal proved to be the difference, despite Republic FC dominating possession.

 Republic FC started the match very strong, attacking the Oklahoma City Energy FC defense early and often.  Republic FC saw their first strong chance just 30 seconds into the match after a play down the left side where midfielder Daniel Trickett-Smith received the ball around 30 yards out and unleashed a powerful shot.  Trickett-Smith’s shot looked destined for the near post, but Energy FC goalkeeper Cody Laurendi was there for the sliding save.

Despite Republic FC enjoying over 60 percent of the possession in the first half, it was Energy FC who would break through first in the 30th minute.  Defender Michael Harris made an impressive flip throw from near the centerline that deflected off the head of a Republic FC player toward the middle of the box.  Midfielder Miguel Gonzalez was in the right place at the right time as he redirected the deflection with a beautiful bicycle kick past Republic FC keeper Evan Newton and into the bottom left corner of the goal, giving Energy FC the 1-0 lead going into halftime.

Republic FC continued their pressure on the Energy FC defense in the second half, seeing their first chance on goal in the 57th minute.  Defender James Kiffe threw the ball in to forward Tyler Blackwood on the left side of the box.  Blackwood immediately played the ball back to Kiffe who split the defense before laying it off to forward Wilson Kneeshaw.  The forward chased the ball back toward the middle before playing it back to Trickett-Smith who hit a strong shot from about 25 yards out in the middle of the field, but Laurendi was there again for the save maintaining Energy FC’s 1-0 lead.

In the 82nd minute Republic FC was reduced to just 10-men.  Defender Chris Christian was shown a second yellow card for a hard tackle on Miguel Gonzalez near the middle of the pitch.  The red card was the first for Republic FC in 2017, but their third in Oklahoma City since 2014.

Republic FC battled hard for the final eight minutes despite being down a man, getting one of their best looks at goal three minutes into stoppage time.  Kiffe made a good move down the left side of the field, splitting the two-man defense near the edge of the box, before sending a cross toward the back post.  Substitute forward Trevin Caesar made a good run to be in position, but his header went high.

Republic FC moves to 3-1-0 on the season and are still atop the Western Conference table.  They will continue their road stretch on Saturday, Apr. 15 when they take on Swope Park Rangers KC.  Kickoff is 5 p.m. PT.  Republic FC will return to Papa Murphy’s Park on Saturday Apr. 22 when they take on Portland Timbers 2.  Tickets are available on Ticketmaster.com.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations

Sacramento Republic FC Defeats Orange County SC 4-0

Republic FC secure three points at home behind a brace from Sammy Ochoa and goals from Wilson Kneeshaw and Harry Williams to defeat Orange County SC 4-0 in front of a sold out Papa Murphy’s Park crowd. 

Orange County SC nearly opened the scoring in the 5th minute after enjoying much of the possession. Midfielder Carlos Alvarez found space in the box and tried to send a redirected header on goal that nearly grazed the crossbar and went out of play. Midfielder Gustavo Villalobos almost had the first goal a minute later after an impressive counter attack from the visiting team, but the Villalobos effort went just wide. Republic FC keeper Evan Newton was called into action in the 12th minute to make a crucial save and stop a threatening attack from OC forward Duke Lacroix. 

After withstanding an offensive onslaught from OC, Republic FC broke through first in the 23rd minute. Midfielder Agustin Cazarez came away with a steal in the middle of the pitch and laid it of to captain Danny Barrera who then looked up field to find Wilson Kneeshaw.  The forward was flying up the left wing, beat the defense and ran onto the ball, before sending a shot on goal, which was blocked away by OC keeper Charlie Lyon. Kneeshaw stuck with the play and ran onto the rebound before taking another shot on goal, which Lyon was again able to parry away. Republic FC forward Sammy Ochoa followed the whole play and was in perfect position to secure the rebound and rifle and one-touch, right-footed scorcher through all of the traffic and into the back of the net to put Republic FC ahead 1-0 going into the break.

Ochoa would double the lead in the 60th minute as he tapped in a perfect pass across the face of goal from Wilson Kneeshaw. Ochoa was in prime position to score as he was waiting far post for a cross that Kneeshaw had initially gotten to and sent a shot that ricocheted off the near post. Kneeshaw followed the ball and beat the keeper before sliding a ball across the face of goal for Ochoa to finish, putting Republic FC ahead 2-0.

 Wilson Kneeshaw added a third goal for Republic FC in the 68th minute when he smashed a volley into the back of the net off of a perfectly looped cross from midfielder Tyler Blackwood.

 Second-half substitute forward Harry Williams would add a fourth and final goal in stoppage time.  The forward was played free with a long pass down the middle of the field from Daniel Trickett-Smith.  Williams then headed the ball past the onrushing Lyon and then slotted the ball into the empty net, ending the match 4-0 for Republic FC.

“Tonight we showed what a good team we can be this season,” said Republic FC Head Coach and Technical Director Paul Buckle. “I am very pleased with four goals and I am very pleased with a clean sheet.”

 Republic FC begins a three-match stretch of road matches that will take them to Tulsa, Oklahoma City and Kansas City before returning home on Apr. 22.  Republic FC will face Tulsa Roughnecks FC on Saturday, Apr. 8 to begin the road stretch. Kickoff is 5 p.m. PT. Tickets for the next home match are available at Ticketmaser.com.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations

Sacramento Republic FC Ties Sacramento State University 0-0

A young Sacramento Republic FC squad, including five academy players, battle Sacramento State Men’s Soccer Team to a scoreless draw. Match also marked the return of Republic FC defender Emrah Klimenta, who played in his first minutes since ACL surgery in July 2016.

Despite Republic FC enjoying much of the possession in the first half, it was Sacramento State that had the first serious chance at a goal in the 9th minute. After an attack by Republic FC, Sac State started a counter attack that saw the collegiate team earning a 3-on-2 attack. Midfielder Paul Geyer played down the middle of the field before laying the ball off to Alejandro Renteria who was running wide right. Renteria took a few touches before striking a low shot toward goal, but Republic FC Dominik Jakubek was quick to a knee to save the shot and preserve the shutout.

Republic FC had their strongest looks on goal in the 40th and 44th minutes, after dominating more of the first half possession. In the 40th minute it was Daniel Trickett-Smith who found space in the middle of the field around 30 yards from goal and fired a strike toward goal. The shot looked destined for goal, but Sac State goalkeeper James Del Curto was able to jump and parry the ball out of danger.

In the 44th minute Lamin Suma took the ball out wide left and went one-on-one with his defender. After beating his man, Suma sent a cross toward the middle where forward Christian Chaney was making a run. Chaney was able to get a head on the ball, but only able to flick it back to Gabe Gissie who was making a run on the right side of the box. Gissie was able to hit a shot toward goal, but the ball went just wide right, keeping the match scoreless at the break.

The second half saw much of the same for the young Republic FC team. They would find their first good look at goal in the 47th minute after Academy defender Matteo Sorrentino stole the ball near the midline. Sorrentino drove down the middle of the field before laying the ball off to Trickett-Smith who was running parallel on the right side. Trickett-Smith took a few touches before sending a looping shot toward goal, but his shot went over the right corner of the goal.

In the 75th minute Wilson Kneeshaw would create another good look for Republic FC. Kneeshaw showed some fancy footwork, beating multiple defenders as he drove down the right side of the field. The forward then played the ball back to Academy midfielder Roberto Hategan, who sent a perfect left-footed cross toward the middle of the box. Forward Harry Williams fought off his man as he leapt for the cross, connecting with the ball and sending a headed shot toward goal. The shot however was just high and over the ball as the match would end in a scoreless draw.

The match marked a special moment for Republic FC defender Emrah Klimenta who returned to action for the first time since injuring the ACL on his left knee on July 2, 2016. Klimenta played 27 minutes against Sac State before being subbed off and greeted to a standing ovation from his teammates on the bench.

“It felt great to get out on the field after such a long time, even if it was just for a few minutes,” said Klimenta about his return. “I have been looking forward to this moment since the day that I got injured and it finally happened. I was happy that all the hard work that myself and the training staff put in has paid off. All in all it was a happy moment for me.”

The match also provided an opportunity for Republic FC Academy players to earn minutes with the first team. Republic FC U-18 Academy members Sorrentino, Giovanni Aguilar and Francis Avoce and U-16 Academy members Hategan and Oscar Govea all saw action against Sac State. All five Academy players were on the field for the final 17 minutes of the match.

Republic FC will return to Bonney Field on Saturday, Mar. 4 when they take on FC Cincinnati in a friendly match that pits two of the top teams in the USL against each other. Kickoff is 5:30 p.m. Tickets to the match are still available and may be purchased at Ticketmaster.com.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations