SACRAMENTO, Calif. (June 1, 2019) — Sam Werner’s beautifully struck effort from distance was enough for Republic FC to secure all three points in a 2-1 win over San Antonio FC on Saturday night.
The home side, debuting the newly released City Kits, dominated the bulk of opportunities in the first half, but was unable to get past a dodgy Matt Cardone who came up big on multiple occasions to preserve the goalless scoreline.
Cameron Iwasa appeared to have put Republic FC ahead in the 35th minute after tapping home a lofted ball into the box from Villyan Bijev, but the play was called offside.
Republic FC finally broke the deadlock in the 78th minute after Werner whipped in a low, driven cross into the box that San Antonio’s Joshua Yaro deflected into the goal.
Werner was again involved five minutes later, receiving a ball at the top of the box, cut inside before unleashing a powerful, left-footed strike that hit the upper corner of the net. The goal was Werner’s third of the USL Championship season and his fourth across all competitions.
San Antonio pulled one back after Michael Lahoud received a corner kick at the edge of the box and fired a long-range effort that filtered through home defense and past a diving Josh Cohen.
Sacramento overcame the late San Antonio surge to secure all three points and cut a two-game winless streak. Up next for the Indomitable Club is a visit to expansion side and Western Conference leaders New Mexico United FC on Saturday, June 8.
Scoring Summary: SAC – Joshua Yaro (own goal) 78, Sam Werner (Ray Saari) 83; SA – Michael Lahoud (Walter Restrepo) 90+1.
Misconduct Summary: SAC – Dekel Keinan (caution) 11, Jordan McCrary (caution) 90+5.
San Antonio FC – Matt Cardone, Pascal Ebbousi (82), Eby Ackon, Joshua Yard, Kai Greene, Bradford Jamieson IV (Billy Forbes 66), Jack Barmby, Michael Lahoud, Brian Gomez, Cristian Parano, Ever Guzman (Walter Restrepo 76).
Subs Not Used: Jonathan Viscosi, Johnny Fenwick, Carson Price, Wellington Pecka.
Stats – Shots: 6, Shots on Goal: 3, Saves: 6, Fouls: 16, Corner Kicks: 2, Offsides:1 .
Sacramento Republic FC – Josh Cohen; Shannon Gomez, Dekel Keinan (Matt Mahoney 50), Haris Chantzopoulos, Jordan McCrary; Ray Saari, Jaime Villarreal, Sam Werner, Villyan Bijev,(Elliott Hord 84); Cameron Iwasa, Stefano Bonomo (Drew Skundrich 73).
Subs Not Used: Rafael Diaz; Hayden Partain, Drew Skundrich, Elliott Hord, Eddy Berumen, Mario Penagos.
Stats – Shots: 21, Shots on Goal: 7, Saves: 2, Fouls: 9, Corner Kicks: 8, Offsides: 2.
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