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Sacramento Republic FC Ties Reno 1868 FC 2-2

Sammy Ochoa’s brace helps earn Sacramento Republic FC a 2-2 draw with Reno 1868 FC and a point in their final USL regular season match. 

 The match started well for Sacramento Republic FC who came out strong and on the front foot. In just the 16th minute Republic FC would break through the Reno 1868 FC defense for the first goal of the match.  Defender James Kiffe brought the ball down the left side of the field near the edge of the box before sending in a cross to the middle of the box.  Forward Sammy Ochoa ran into the middle before leaping over two defenders and heading the ball down and past the keeper Matt Bersano, putting Republic FC ahead 1-0 early.

 Reno 1868 FC would find their equalizer near the halftime whistle in the 41st minute.  Midfielder Seth Casiple played the ball to Chris Wehan in the middle near the top of the box.  Wehan turned and played a one-two with forward Brent Richards who put the ball right back to the foot of Wehan for him to tap the ball past Evan Newton to level the score 1-1 going into the half.

 Reno started the second half quickly, taking the lead in the 51st minute.  A long ball, lofted ball into the middle connected with Richards who had beat Republic FC’s offside trap.  The forward went one-on-one with Newton, trying to slide a low shot past the onrushing keeper.  Newton was able to deflect Richard’s shot on his slide, but Antoine Hoppenot was following the play perfectly and poked the rebound past Newton and into the back of the net to put Reno ahead 2-1 early in the second half.

 Republic FC would respond to the goal, however, finding an equalizer of their own in the 67th minute.  A ball down the right side sprung substitute forward Wilson Kneeshaw free.  Kneeshaw carried the ball to almost the endline before sending a grounded cross in front of goal that was just out of the grasp of Bersano and found a sliding Ochoa, who redirected the ball on a slide to earn a brace and even the score at 2-2.

 Despite numerous chances for both sides, including a few attacks from Kneeshaw and a corner attempt by Reno that was batted around multiple times in the box, the match ended in a 2-2 draw. 

 Republic FC will await the result of the Oklahoma City Energy FC versus Seattle Sounders FC 2 match on Sunday, Oct. 15 to determine where they will play their USL Cup Western Conference Quarterfinal playoff match.  With an Energy FC win, tie or loss by one goal when scoring two or more goals, Republic FC will face Real Monarchs SLC.  If Energy FC lose by more then one goal, or lose by one goal, but fail to score two goals, Republic FC will face San Antonio FC in the first round.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations

Sacramento Republic FC Ties With Reno 1868 FC 3-3

Goals from Trevin Caesar, Tyler Blackwood and Sammy Ochoa put Republic FC ahead early, but a late trio of goals, including a brace from former Republic FC forward Mackenzie Pridham, salvaged a draw for Reno 1868 FC.

Republic FC started the game quickly, keeping possession and seeing many good looks on goal. Republic FC would open the scoring in the 17th minute. Defender James Kiffe took the ball toward goal on the top left side of the box, before sending it back to midfielder Tyler Blackwood who was making a run behind him. Blackwood then played a one-two with forward Sammy Ochoa at the corner of the box, receiving the ball back on the left side of the box. Blackwood then played the ball across goal to forward Trevin Caesar who was making a run in the middle of the box and just flicked the ball with the outside of his foot and past goalkeeper Matt Bersano, putting Republic FC ahead 1-0.

In the 20th minute, Blackwood stole the ball in the middle of the field and took a few touches down the middle of the pitch. Blackwood then unleashed a strong right-footed shot that beat Bersano, making the score 2-0 in favor of Republic FC.

Republic FC would increase their lead again in the 25th minute. After a corner went long, defender Elliott Hord stole the ball, taking it from box-to-box before laying the ball off to Caesar who was sprinting down the middle of the field. Caesar was then taken down in the box as he attempted a shot, earning a penalty. Ochoa stepped up and calmly slid the ball into the left side of the goal, while Bersano dove right, putting Republic FC ahead 3-0.

Reno 1868 FC would get a goal back in the 41st minute. Midfielder Antoine Hoppenot received the ball in the middle of the field before sending the ball wide to forward Dane Kelly who was making a run on the right side of the box. Kelly then sent a grounded ball to forward Mackenzie Pridham who was open in the middle of the box. Pridham settled the ball and then sent the ball into the goal, making the score 3-1 going into the half.

The second half started much like the first with Republic FC maintaining a majority possession. In the 67th minute Republic FC would see their best chance to increase their lead in the second half. Substitute forward Wilson Kneeshaw was played open by a long ball down the left side from Kiffe. Kneeshaw then went one-on-one with Bersano, but the keeper was quick to the ground and blocked the shot, clearing it from danger.

1868 FC would counter the Kneeshaw shot with a goal to pull themselves within one. After the ball was cleared, Pridham received the ball in the middle of the field. The former Republic FC forward took a few touches toward goal before sending a strike on goal. Goalkeeper Evan Newton was able to block Pridham’s shot, but only as far as Kelly who was following the play and tapped the ball into the net making the score 3-2.

Reno would score their third and final goal of the night in the 88th minute. Former Republic FC midfielder Matt LaGrassa sent a long ball to the middle of the box, toward forward Brian Brown. The substitute forward chested the ball to Pridham who had found space behind the defense and send a strong shot past Newton and into the back of the net, ending the match in a 3-3 draw.

“We knew it would be a tough game,” said Republic FC Head Coach and Technical Director Paul Buckle. “It was wonderful to see so many of our supporters make the trip here and we thank them for that. For a preseason friendly to have so many fans travel for us is remarkable.”

Republic FC will return to action on Saturday, Mar. 18 when they travel to San Francisco to take on the San Francisco Deltas in their final road friendly of the preseason. Kickoff is 7 p.m. at Kezar Stadium. Republic FC will return to Papa Murphy’s Park on Wednesday, Mar. 22 when they take on the San Jose Earthquakes. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster.com.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations