Goalkeeper Dominik Jakubek and Sacramento Republic FC’s defense hold the San Francisco Deltas scoreless as the two Northern California sides play to a draw in Deltas’ first home match at Kezar Stadium.
The first half of the match was hotly contested with both sides trying to make their mark on the match. The San Francisco Deltas would have the first strong look at a goal in the 9th minute following a giveaway in the middle of the pitch. Midfielder Kyle Bekker had a one-on-one opportunity with Republic FC keeper Dominik Jakubek, but Jakubek was able to get to a knee quickly to block Bekker’s shot. The forward was there to collect the rebound however, and looked to loft a shot over Jakubek who was still on the ground, but the keeper was there again to save the second shot, corralling the rebound to keep the match scoreless.
Republic FC would see their best chance of the half in the 20th minute. Midfielder Danny Barrera took a corner that found fellow midfielder Adam Moffat at the back corner of the box. Moffat took a few touches before laying the ball off to midfielder Agustin Cazarez who sent a beautifully curling cross toward the back post. Deltas’ keeper Romuald Peiser was forced to make a leaping deflection, but only as far as Barrera who was backing up the play. Barrera, however, was called offside, ending the play and leaving the match scoreless at the half.
Republic FC came out as the aggressor in the second half, attacking the defense early and often. In the 47th minute they would have their first strong chance on goal. After driving the ball toward the right corner of the box, Barrera laid the ball off to defender Emrah Klimenta who was making an overlapping run on the right side. Klimenta then fired a low cross into the box that found Trevin Caesar but the forward’s shot was deflected high off the goal.
The Deltas’ best look of the second half came in the 65th minute. Midfielder Jackson received the ball near the right corner of the box following a few back and forth passes on the right side. Jackson found a clear shot on goal, but Jakubek, who covered his inside post perfectly, saved the midfielder’s strong effort.
Despite a push by Republic FC’s substitutes in the final quarter of the match, neither defense would yield a goal, ending the match in a scoreless draw.
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