SACRAMENTO, Calif. (June 22, 2019) — Cameron Iwasa and Stefano Bonomo both recorded braces to lead Republic FC to a 6-0 rout of Tulsa Roughnecks FC in what was the club’s largest-ever margin of victory.
After an initial surge from the visitors, Republic FC’s offense took full control of the match and their relentlessness in front of goal resulted in an early corner kick that led to the opener for the boys in Old Glory Red.
Winger Villyan Bijev whipped in a right-footed cross that defender Mitchell Taintor buried into the back of the net with to put Sacramento ahead in the eighth minute.
Republic FC doubled their lead at the close of the first half after Cameron Iwasa, wearing the captain’s armband on the night, volleyed home a deflected cross from Jordan McCrary.
Sacramento made it 3-0 in the shortly after the restart when Stefano Bonomo cooly slotted home a one-timer from a few short yards out to beat Tulsa goalkeeper Mason Stajduhar. Iwasa was credited with the assist after playing the striker through on goal for his first goal of the season in league play.
Twelve minutes later, Iwasa netted his second brace in consecutive league games, heading home another Bijev cross to bring his season tally to a team-high nine goals.
The scoring didn’t stop there. Bonomo bagged a brace of his own in the 74th minute after chesting home a Sam Werner cross from a free kick to make it 5-0.
Werner rounded out the historic rout with the team’s sixth and final goal, completing the largest margin of victory in Republic FC’s history.
With the win, the boys in Old Glory Red leap up to sixth-place in the Western Conference Standings with 23 points, level with Reno 1868 FC but with a superior goal difference.
Fittingly, Republic FC travel to Nevada next weekend to take on their regional rivals on Saturday, June 29. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. PT at Greater Nevada Field.
Scoring Summary: SAC - Mitchell Taintor (Villyan Bijev) 8, Cameron Iwasa 44, Stefano Bonomo (Cameron Iwasa) 48, Iwasa (Villyan Bijev) 70, Stefano Bonomo (Sam Werner) 74, Sam Werner (Haris Chantzopoulos).
Misconduct Summary: SAC - Mitchell Taintor (caution) 34, Keven Aleman (caution) 90; TUL - Mallan Roberts (caution) 50.
Sacramento Republic FC - Josh Cohen; Shannon Gomez (Juan Barahona 77), Haris Chantzopoulos, Mitchell Taintor (Matt Mahoney 83), Jordan McCrary; Ray Saari, Jaime Villarreal, Sam Werner, Villyan Bijev; Cameron Iwasa, Stefano Bonomo (Keven Aleman 77).
Subs Not Used: Rafa Diaz, Drew Skundrich, Dekel Keinan
Stats - Shots: 20, Shots on Goal: 9, Saves: 3, Fouls: 15, Corner Kicks: 5, Offsides: 1.
Tulsa Roughnecks FC - Mason Stajduhar; Luca Lobo, Anthony Legendre, Mallan Roberts (Manny Gonzalez 70), Cyprian Hedrick; Jeff Addai, Cristhian Altamirano, Rodrigo da Costa; Matt Sheldon (Fredlin Mompremier 58), AJ Ajeakwa (Brayan Reyes 74), Janu Silva.
Subs Not Used: Andrew MacRae, Toby Uzo
Stats - Shots: 9, Shots on Goal: 3, Saves: 3, Fouls: 14, Corner Kicks: 3, Offsides: 0.
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