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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 With San Antonio FC 1-1

Octavio Guzman’s stoppage time penalty kick goal gives Republic FC a 1-1 draw with San Antonio FC at a sold out Bonney Field.

Sacramento Republic FC attacked San Antonio FC early and saw there first chance on goal in the 7th minute when Cameron Iwasa was able to use some nifty footwork to get around his defender. Iwasa pushed his touch a bit too close to San Antonio FC keeper Josh Ford as the forward’s chipped shot attempt was blocked away by Ford, keeping the match scoreless early.

San Antonio broke the deadlock in the 15th minute after a turnover in the Republic defensive end. Midfielder Rafa Castillo recovered the loose ball and drove towards goal before dropping the ball back to Sebastien Thuriere. The midfielder then rocketed a shot on goal, forcing Republic FC keeper Evan Newton to make a diving safe. Though he made the difficult save, forward Cesar Elizondo followed the shot and finished the rebound chance, blasting the ball into the back of the net and putting San Antonio FC ahead 1-0.

Republic FC nearly equalized twice before halftime, both of them supplied by Tommy Thompson. In the 30th minute, Thompson attacked up the right flank, got to the touchline and sent a low, driven cross into the feet of forward Cameron Iwasa. With two defenders closing in, Iwasa drilled a one-touch shot up and over the keeper Ford but couldn’t beat the crossbar as it whizzed out of play. In the 38th minute, Thompson sent a dangerous cross into the box for defender Mike da Fonte. Beating his mark to the ball, da Fonte sent a powerful header on net, only to have Ford make another timely, acrobatic save preserving San Antonio FC’s 1-0 lead into the break.

Republic FC continued to chase the equalizing goal and nearly found it in the 55th minute when defender James Kiffe struck a menacing right-footed shot from 20 yards out. The shot curled to the far post but San Antonio keeper Josh Ford was up to the task and made another clean save.

Republic FC continued to pressure for the second half searching for a goal. About four minutes into stoppage time, James Kiffe earned a penalty kick after being taken down in the box chasing after a through ball. Midfielder Octavio Guzman stepped up to the spot and sent a right-footed shot to Ford’s right hand side. Ford guessed right on the penalty and was able to deflect the ball, but the shot had too much pace on it as it squeezed underneath Ford and into the net for the late equalizer for Guzman.

In the last seconds of the match, second-half substitute Mackenzie Pridham had one more chance for a Republic FC winner. Pridham attacked across the face of goal, just outside the 18-yard box. The forward then sent a left-footed strike through three defenders and past a diving Ford. Unfortunately, the shot rolled inches past the far post and out of play. Pridham’s shot would serve as the last play of the match, as it ended in a 1-1 draw.

“I love that this team never gives in”, said Head Coach and Technical Director Paul Buckle after the 1-1 draw. “It’s a side that keeps going. The fans keep us going. I thought we created the most chances in the game and I feel that’s the best we moved the football in a long time.”

Republic FC will go back on the road to take on Saint Louis FC on Saturday, August 13. Kickoff is 5:30 p.m. The match will be streamed live at SacRepublicFC.com/matchday.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations