Of Republic FC’s 11 regular-season wins at Heart Health Park this year, arguably none were as electric as the Indomitable Club’s commanding 3-1 regular season victory over defending league champion San Antonio FC on June 24. After going up two goals in the first half, midfielder Luis Felipe put the exclamation point on the night with a perfectly-placed set piece that sent the crowd (and Republic FC bench) into a frenzy.
The play was set up by a through ball that put Sebastian Herrera and San Antonio’s keeper Jordan Farr into a foot race 30 yards away from goal. Herrera got to the ball first and in a last-ditched effort, Farr came in with a hard challenge that resulted in a red card and ejection. With no subs remaining, San Antonio opted to put defender Fabian Garcia in goal.
Luis Felipe stepped up to take the free kick, sending his left-footed shot over the wall and curling into the upper 90. Garcia made his best attempt to keep the ball out, but Luis Felipe’s perfect shot was unreachable.