SACRAMENTO, Calif. (May 15, 2019) — Sam Werner’s 83rd minute goal lifted Republic FC past Reno 1868 FC and into the Third Round of the 2019 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.
Wednesday night’s rematch between the I-80 rivals was dominated not by the players on the pitch, but by an unseasonal and ceaseless downpour of rain throughout the 90 minutes that set the conditions for a hard-fought affair.
Republic FC finally broke the deadlock with under ten minutes to play thanks to their two Stanford Cardinal alumni. Drew Skundrich received a throw in and dummied a step to shake off his defender before squaring a ball across goal to an open Werner who kept his composure to coolly slot home the lone goal of the night.
The win marks the third consecutive year that Republic FC have eliminated their Nevadan rivals from the U.S. Open Cup.
Sacramento’s journey in the tournament will continue on Wednesday, May 29, when they will host Fresno FC in the Third Round of the U.S. Open Cup.
Scoring Summary: SAC – Sam Werner (Drew Skundrich) 83.
Misconduct Summary: RNO – Nathan Aune (caution) 86; SAC – Mitchell Taintor (caution) 29, Sam Werner (caution) 51, Jaime Villarreal (caution) 74, Stefano Bonomo (caution) 90.
Reno 1868 FC – JT Marcinkowski; Nathan Aune, Thomas Janjigian, Benjamin Galindo Cruz, Brent Richards; Raul Mendiola (Mark Hernandez 46), Sam Gleadle, Sergio Rivas, Will Seymore (Seth Casiple 69); Aidan Apodaca, Danny Musovski (Corey Hertzog 81).
Subs Not Used: Damion Lewis; Yosimar Hernandez, Emrah Klimenta, Lindo Mfeka.
Stats – Shots: 7, Shots on Goal: 2, Saves: 4, Fouls: 17, Corner Kicks: 6, Offsides: 1.
Sacramento Republic FC – Rafael Díaz; Shannon Gomez, Mitchell Taintor, Haris Chantzopoulos, Jordan McCrary; Ray Saari (Stefano Benomo 71), Elliott Hord (Cameron Iwasa 60), Drew Skundrich, Jaime Villarreal, Sam Werner (Dekel Keinan 90); Tyler Blackwood.
Subs Not Used: Josh Cohen; Matt Mahoney, Keven Alemán, Hayden Partain.
Stats – Shots: 11, Shots on Goal: 5, Saves: 2, Fouls: 19, Corner Kicks:5, Offsides: 0.
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