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Sacramento Republic FC Defeats Portland Timbers 2 1-0

Wilson Keeshaw’s 14th minute goal is enough for Sacramento Republic FC to earn their fourth road victory of the season, while the defense extend their shutout streak to 329 minutes in the 1-0 win over Portland Timbers 2. The win also extends Republic FC’s unbeaten streak to seven straight.

Republic FC and T2 went back and forth early in the match, but Republic FC would strike first in the 14th minute.  Following a restart near midfield, James Kiffe sent a long ball to the top of the box where Matt Wiesenfarth stood.  The forward, making his first appearance for Republic FC, nodded the ball into the air, before bringing the ball down and with his second touch finding Wilson Kneeshaw, who touched the ball past the defense.  Kneeshaw, now in a one-on-one situation with T2 keeper Kendall McIntosh, struck a right-footed shot across the face of goal and into the bottom left corner of the goal giving Republic FC the early 1-0 lead.

 T2 seemed to be energized by the goal and maintained a strong control on the possession for most of the first half.  Despite the possession, the Republic FC defense held strong, with the best look of the half for T2 coming on a 26th minute free kick. Midfielder Jack Barmby stepped up to take a free kick, sending a curling left-footed shot over the wall and toward the bottom left corner of the goal.  Republic FC keeper Evan Newton was in good position however, and was there quickly to make the save keeping the match 1-0, which would hold until halftime.

 The second half started in a very similar way as the first half ended, with T2 controling possession, but Republic FC holding strong defensively and not allowing many good looks on goal.  In the 50th minute T2 had their strongest look on goal in the second half.  Barmby started the play on the right side with some fancy footwork to get around the defense before finding Omar Mohamed at the top of the box.  Mohamed then turned and took a few touches before sending a strong left-footed strike on goal, but the ball sailed just wide to the left.

 Republic FC would gain an advantage in the 85th minute when T2 defender Harold Hanson received his second yellow card in the match after shoving Republic FC forward Christian Chaney over the field signs following a ball going out of play. 

 Republic FC looked to have capitalized on their advantage in the 88th minute following a Newton save.  Tyler Blackwood sprung a counter attack down the right side of the pitch.  Blackwood hit the top of the box before slowing and sending a centering ball to substitute forward Trevin Caesar in the middle.  Caesar attempted to fire a one-touch shot on goal, but has it deflected right back to him.  The forward then lined up a second shot with the keeper off his line, but his second shot was again deflected, this time by defender Michael Amick.  Republic FC would then maintain their defense and see the match out, earning the 1-0 road victory, extending their unbeaten streak to seven straight matches and moving back into fifth place in the Western Conference standings.

 Republic FC return home when they host Reno 1868 FC on Saturday, Aug. 19.  Kickoff is 8 p.m. at Papa Murphy’s Park.  Tickets are still available at SacRepublicFC.com.

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 Announce 2016 USL Schedule

2016 USL regular season schedule includes 30 total matches against Western Conference opponents.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The United Soccer League (USL) released the 2016 regular season schedule including a 30-match line-up against Western Conference opponents for Sacramento Republic FC. The 2014 USL Champions will kick off their USL regular season on the road against Seattle Sounders FC 2 on Mar. 25.

Sacramento Republic FC’s home opener will be held on Saturday, Apr. 2, against Arizona United SC at Bonney Field. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m. Sacramento Republic FC went undefeated against Arizona last season, winning the first matchup 2-1 and playing to a scoreless draw in the second match.

During the 2016 season, Sacramento Republic FC will face every team in the newly reconfigured USL Western Conference at least once. Sacramento Republic FC will play LA Galaxy II and Orange County Blues FC four times; Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2, Seattle Sounders FC 2 and Real Monarchs SLC three times; Arizona United SC, Portland Timbers 2, Rio Grande Valley FC and Saint Louis FC twice and Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC, Tulsa Roughnecks FC, Oklahoma City Energy FC, Swope Park Rangers KC and the yet-to-be-named San Antonio team once.

The last home match for Sacramento Republic FC will be against their rivals, LA Galaxy II on Saturday, Sept. 17. Sacramento Republic FC’s 2016 USL regular season will conclude on the road versus the Tulsa Roughnecks FC on Saturday, Sept. 24.

The schedule includes a season-long four-match home stretch from May 14 through June 7 for the boys in Old Glory Red and their longest road stretch at five matches, beginning July 10 and running through Aug. 2. Sacramento Republic FC will play an away match versus Real Monarchs on June 11 in Reno, Nev. at the Aces Ballpark.

The television and radio schedule for Sacramento Republic FC will be announced at a later date. Single match tickets go on sale to the general public via Ticketmaster.com on Tuesday, Mar. 1. The schedule may be viewed and downloaded at SacRepublicFC.com/schedule.

Sacramento Republic FC 2016 USL Season Breakdown:

Home Dates by Day of the Week: Wednesday (2), Saturday (13)
Road Dates by Day of the Week: Tuesday (1), Wednesday (1), Friday (1), Saturday (8), Sunday (4)
Home Dates by Month: April (3), May (2), June (3), July (2), August (3), September (2)
Road Dates by Month: March (1), April (2), May (1), June (2), July (4), August (3), September (2)
Opponents Played Twice at Home: Seattle Sounders FC 2, Real Monarchs SLC, LA Galaxy II, Orange County Blues FC
Opponents Played Once at Home: San Antonio, Swope Park Rangers, Arizona United SC, Portland Timbers 2, Rio Grande Valley FC, Saint Louis FC, Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2
Opponents Played Twice on Road: Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2, LA Galaxy II, Orange County Blues FC
Opponents Played Once on Road: Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC, Tulsa Roughnecks FC, Oklahoma City Energy FC, Arizona United SC, Portland Timbers 2, Rio Grande Valley FC, Saint Louis FC, Seattle Sounders FC 2, Real Monarchs SLC

Press Release Courtesy of the Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations

Sacramento Republic FC Exercise Options on Cameron Iwasa and Joaquin Rivas

Iwasa and Rivas will return for second year after playing rookie seasons with Republic FC.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Sacramento Republic FC announced that they have exercised the contract options on forward Cameron Iwasa and midfielder Joaquin Rivas. Both players will return to Republic FC for the 2016 USL season.

“Next season is a big season for both Iwasa and Rivas,” said Head Coach and Technical Director Paul Buckle. “These two exciting prospects had a taste of first team football in Sacramento. The development in their game has been tremendous. They are players that I am looking forward to pushing on and commanding a regular place on our team. Both showed glimpses of magic when they played and I like that they are attack-minded players.”

Iwasa, a Sacramento native, appeared in 22 matches for Republic FC in 2015, his rookie season. He scored two goals and recorded two assists in all competitions, including a match-winning goal against English Premier League club Sunderland AFC on July 14, 2015. Iwasa scored his first professional goal against Portland Timbers 2 on April 2.

Rivas also spent his rookie season with Republic FC, appearing in 19 matches in all competition, including 13 USL appearances in 2015. Rivas’ first professional assist resulted in Iwasa’s first professional goal on April 2. Rivas scored a goal in a friendly against the New York Cosmos (NASL) at Hughes Stadium on February 28 and played the second most minutes (745) of any rookie for Republic FC this season, trailing only Iwasa (815).

Republic FC’s first round of open tryouts take place October 31 – November 1, at Cosumnes River College. Those interested in trying out may register at SacRepublicFC.com. For more information on tryouts or to view full biographies and statistics, visit SacRepublicFC.com.

Press Release Courtesy of the Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations

Sacramento Republic FC Defeats Portland Timbers II 3-0

A Justin Braun brace and Rodrigo Lopez’s tenth goal of the season propels Republic FC past Portland Timbers 2 and into third place in the USL Western Conference.

Sacramento Republic FC started strong dominating possession and testing the Portland Timbers 2 backline. Republic FC would strike first in the 13th minute. Forward Thomas Stewart sent a cross from the right side of the field. While Timbers 2 cleared the cross, it only only went to the top of the box where it fell softly to Rodrigo Lopez who sent a laser to the top right side of the goal putting Republic FC ahead 1-0.

September 12, 2015; Portland, OR, USA; Jake Gleeson (90) enters the field at Providence Park. Photo: David Blair - Portland Timbers FC
September 12, 2015; Portland, OR, USA; Jake Gleeson (90) enters the field at Providence Park. Photo: David Blair – Portland Timbers FC

Republic FC would strike again in the 33rd minute when midfielder Danny Barrera sent a cross into the box. Barrera’s cross found the head of forward Justin Braun, who was positioned well in the middle of the box. Braun flicked the header over the onrushing T2 keeper Jake Gleeson, putting Republic FC ahead 2-0.

Braun would strike again just two minutes later stealing, the ball in the middle of the pitch. Braun showed fancy footwork as he flicked the ball around the T2 defender and then sent the ball under the onrushing Gleeson on the ensuing one-on-one opportunity. The goal was Braun’s second of the match and fourth in the last two matches. Braun has now scored eight goal this season, doubling his output from last season and putting Republic FC ahead 3-0.

The best chance for T2 came in the 43rd minute after Ivan Mirković was cautioned after taking down Fatawu about 25 yards away. Fatawu stepped up and sent the ensuing free kick toward the left corner of the goal. Republic FC goalkeeper Dominik Jakubek was there for the save however, skiing high to knock the ball away from goal, keeping the match 3-0 going into the half.

September 12, 2015; Portland, OR, USA; Jeanderson (15) takes a shot on goal at Providence Park. Photo: David Blair - Portland Timbers FC
September 12, 2015; Portland, OR, USA; Jeanderson (15) takes a shot on goal at Providence Park. Photo: David Blair – Portland Timbers FC

T2 came out stronger in the second half, controlling more of the possession and getting the first strong look on goal in the 51st minute when Kharlton Belmar beat the defense down the right side of the box. Jakubek elected to stay on his line, making a kneeling save to keep Belmar’s shot out of the net and preserve his shutout.

Republic FC had their best chance of the half in the 55th minute when Braun beat the offside trap. Braun took a hard touch on the ball but was able to get to it and go one-on-one with Gleeson and sent a shot to the keeper’s right. Gleeson was up the task however keeping the score 3-0.

With the win, Republic FC moved into third place in the USL Western Conference and moved into a position to win the conference should they win their remaining two matches of the regular season. Republic FC will travel to Orange County, Calif. to take on Orange County Blues FC on Wednesday, September 16. Kickoff is 7:00 p.m.

Republic FC will play their final home match on Saturday, September 19 against Arizona United SC. The match is sold out, but a limited number of tickets remain for the match through the Greater Sacramento Chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Tickets purchased through the website RelentlessRepublic650.org benefit LLS.

Game Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations

Sacramento Republic FC’s Rodrigo Lopez Gets Hurt In 82nd Minute In 3-0 Win Versus Portland Timbers 2

April 19, 2015 12:01 AM PT

Sacramento Republic FC’s Rodrigo Lopez has been on fire as of late. He scored both goals in the previous game against the Vancouver White Caps FC 2. Including a goal that was shot from behind midfield. The video of the goal went viral world wide.

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Lopez scored again in the 13th minute versus the Portland Timbers 2. He put Republic FC ahead 1-0. Lopez took the ball from midfield to just outside the box before his low strike deflected off a sliding Harrison Delbridge and into the upper right corner of the goal.

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He then collected an assist while lofting a free kick to Defender Mickey Daly  who headed it past Jake Gleeson for the 2-0 lead in the 37th minute.

The savvy veteran Lopez has been making a very tough game look easy as of late.

Sacramento went into half-time with a 2-0 lead.

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The real drama came in the 81st/82nd minute.  Rookie midfielder Zev Taublieb scored his first professional goal when he sent a rebound past Gleeson, giving Republic FC a 3-0 lead.

Before the goal Lopez collided with a Timbers 2 player on the west sideline around midfield. The ball had went elsewhere and Sacramento controlled. Lopez got up and limped over to the Timbers bench and laid on the pitch for a little while. He tried stretching and loosening his left leg.

Play had continued without him.  Braun had broke free about midfield and then a Timbers 2 defender broke up the play and sent it back to Republic FC’s side of the field.

Lopez was still on the ground and was slowly trying to get up and test the leg. He was in pain and trying to see how much weight he could put on the leg.

In the meanwhile Sacramento regained control and started moving the ball to midfield. Lopez seeing the action worked his way back into the field of play, but he had a noticeable limp. He received a pass and drove the ball towards the goal, not at full speed, he passed the ball to an open Republic FC player who took shot on goal and then Taublieb scored on the rebound.

After the goal Sacramento subsituted Gabe Gonzalez for Lopez.  Lopez never returned.  Republic FC was up 3-0 and there was only minutes remaining. No reason for him to come back in.

The trainer worked on Lopez trying to stretch out his hamstring or hip. After the trainer worked on him, Lopez got up and seemed to struggle when he put weight on the left leg.

I tried to get clarification post-game about the injury, but was told the ice was believed to be precautionary.

The injury seemed to be more than that.  Due to the score and the time of the game it was convenient timing.

Possibly, it’s nothing that won’t heal over the next 6 days. Right now, it’s pure speculation. What the injury is? I don’t know, but with Hamstrings, Quads, and Hip Flexors many times it take a few weeks of complete rest for those injuries to heal.

Post game Lopez had a big bag of ice on his upper thigh and hip area. He did greet numerous players and signed many autographs for fans,   all while slightly limping with the ice on.

If its really a problem we should hear something about missed practices as it gets closer to Sacramento’s next game.

The good news for Sacramento and Lopez, they don’t play again until Friday the 24th against the Orange County Blues FC .

UPDATE:  Rodrigo Lopez posted on a message on his Facebook. 

All is well. Contusion!

Sacramento Republic FC Shut Out Portland Timbers 2 3-0; USL’s New Western Conference Leader

April 18, 2015 10:37 PM PT

Sacramento Republic FC won for the third time in as many matches, shutting out Portland Timbers 2, 3-0, in front of a sold-out crowd of 11,242 at Bonney Field on Saturday night.

Tonights win puts the Republic FC into the lead in the USL’s Western Conference at (4-2).

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Republic FC started slow but soon regained their form and in the 13th minute put Republic FC ahead 1-0. Rodrigo Lopez took the ball from midfield to just outside the box before his low strike deflected off a sliding Harrison Delbridge and into the upper right corner.

Sacramento continued to apply pressure, with former Republic FC loan goalkeeper, Jake Gleeson the only thing keeping Republic FC from extending its lead, saving a strong attempt from midfielder Max Alvarez in the 16th minute.

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Defender Mickey Daly doubled the lead for Sacramento in the 37th minute, heading in a lofted set-piece from Lopez past a diving Gleeson. The goal put Republic FC up 2-0.

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T2’s best chance for a goal came in the 41st minute, with successive strikes by forward Fatawu testing Republic FC goalkeeper Patrick McLain for the first time. But, McLain stood strong keeping Republic FC ahead 2-0 at halftime.

Republic FC continued to control possession in the attacking third and almost put the game out of reach in the 64th minute as Octavio Guzman’s volley from an Alvarez corner-kick sailed inches over the crossbar.

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In the 82nd minute rookie midfielder Zev Taublieb scored his first professional goal when he sent a rebound past Gleeson, giving Republic FC a 3-0 lead.

“I don’t think it’s hit me yet,” Taublieb said on scoring his first goal. “It’s been an incredible experience, I really owe it to the coaches for giving me a shot.”

Republic FC will be back in action again when they take on Orange County Blues FC on Friday, April 24 at Bonney Field. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m.

Sacramento Republic FC 3:0 Portland Timbers 2
USL Match
Bonney Field – Sacramento, CA
April 18, 2015 – Attendance: 11,242 (sellout)

Scoring Summary: SRFC – Rodrigo Lopez 13; SRFC – Mickey Daly (Rodrigo Lopez) 37; SRFC – Zev Taublieb 82

Misconduct Summary: SRFC – Ivan Mirković (caution) 44; Justin Braun (caution) 56; Max Alvarez (caution) 66.

Portland Timbers 2 – Jake Gleeson; Andy Thoma; Harrison Delbridge; Anthony Manning; Taylor Peay; Blair Gavin; Nick Besler (Tim Payne 45); Schillo Tshuma (Steven Evans 77); Fatawu; Rundell Winchester (Matt Rose 77); Kharlton Belmar.

Subs Not Used: Justin Luthy; Seth Casiple; Rennico Clarke.

Stats: Shots: 8, Shots on Goal: 3, Saves: 4, Fouls: 10, Corner Kicks: ,4 Offside: 5.

Sacramento Republic FC – Patrick McClain; James Kiffe; Mickey Daly; Nemanja Vuković; Emrah Klimenta; Ivan Mirković; Octavio Guzman (Cameron Iwasa 88); Max Alvarez (Zev Taublieb 67); Rodrigo Lopez (Gabe Gonzalez 83); Justin Braun; David Estrada.

Subs Not Used: Dominik Jakubek; Alfonso Motagalvan; Joaquin Rivas; Gabe Gonzalez; Agustin Cazarez

Stats: Shots: 13, Shots on Goal: 7, Saves: 3, Fouls: 8, Corner Kicks: 5, Offside: 2.

Sacramento Republic FC Loses A HeartBreaker 2-1 To The Portland Timbers 2

April, 2, 2015 9:53PM

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Photo Courtesy:Portland Timbers 2

Former Republic FC loan player Steven Evans scored late goal to propel Timbers 2 to the 2-1 win.

The match started with both teams trying to maintain possession and control the midfield. Both sides had some good chances early but were unable to convert in the first half.

In the 41st minute Republic FC got their best look on goal in the first half when defender Emrah Klimenta sent a ball to midfielder Rodrigo Lopez in the middle of the field. Lopez trapped the ball and took two dribbles forward to the top of the box before sending a left-footed strike towards goal, but the ball sailed just over the crossbar.

Four minutes later, T2 got their best opportunity of the first half. In the 44th minute a poor clearance by Republic FC left T2 forward Schillo Tshuma open and behind the defense. Tshuma tried to chip the onrushing Patrick McLain but sent the ball just wide left of the goal, keeping the match at 0-0 going into the break.

Republic FC started the second half quickly, winning three corners in the first three minutes of the half. In the 48th minute forward Cameron Iwasa made a move to get behind the defense and had a one-on-one with T2 keeper and former Republic FC loan player Jake Gleeson but was unable to get the ball past the onrushing Gleeson.

In the 61st minute Republic FC was able to find a goal. Second half substitute Joaquin Rivas received the ball at the top of the box, behind the defense, settled the ball and sent a pass back to Iwasa who was running on the right side of Rivas. Iwasa was able to shoot the ball into an open net since Gleeson had rushed forward to block a possible shot from Rivas.

T2 took no time in finding an equalizer just a minute later, made the score 1-1. Defender Taylor Peay ran the ball up the right side of the field and sent a low cross to forward Kharlton Belmar who was behind the defense. Belmar then poked the ball past McLain who was not able to react in time to save the ball.

In the 87th minute Republic FC cleared a weak shot by T2, but the clear went right to the feet of Steven Evans at the top of the box. Evans ran onto the ball and with his first touch sent a rocket into the top right corner of the box and put T2 ahead 2-1.

“It felt good to get the first one out of the way and see the ball go in the net,” said Iwasa of his first professional goal. “Overall the result was definitely disappointing especially giving up the lead and then giving up the late winner as well. We had our chances and could have put the game away but didn’t take advantage of them.”

Republic FC will return home to take on LA Galaxy II at their Bonney Field Opening Night on Saturday, April 11. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m. The match is sold out, but fans may purchase tickets to the next Republic FC match, on April 15, at Ticketmaster.com.

Portland Timbers 2 2:1 Sacramento Republic FC
USL Match
Merlo Field – Portland, OR
April 2, 2015 – Attendance: 2,501

Scoring Summary: SRFC – Cameron Iwasa (Joaquin Rivas) 61, POR – Kharlton Belmar (Taylor Peay) 62, Steven Evans 87.

Misconduct Summary: SRFC – Derek Foran (caution) 35, Mickey Daly (caution) 59; POR – Taylor Peay (caution) 69.

Sacramento Republic FC – Patrick McLain; Emrah Klimenta, Mickey Daly, Derek Foran, James Kiffe; Octavio Guzman, Ivan Mirković, Gabe Gonzalez (Joaquin Rivas 59), Rodrigo Lopez; Cameron Iwasa (Adnan Gabeljic 77), David Estrada.

Subs Not Used: Dominik Jakubek, Agustin Cazarez, Gabe Gissie, Alfonso Motagalvan.

Stats: Shots: 11, Shots on Goal: 5, Saves: 2, Fouls: 9, Corner Kicks: 8, Offside: 5.

Portland Timbers 2 – Jake Gleeson; Taylor Peay, Harrison Delbridge, Rennico Clarke, Andy Thoma; Tim Payne, Blair Gavin (Matt Rose 85), Nick Besler; Rundell Winchester (Steven Evans 77), Kharlton Belmar (Fatawu Safiu 71), Schillo Tshuma

Subs Not Used:

Stats: Shots: 7, Shots on Goal: 4, Saves: 4, Fouls: 18, Corner Kicks: 4, Offside: 3.