Republic FC started slow but soon regained their form and in the 13th minute put Republic FC ahead 1-0. Midfielder 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.