SACRAMENTO, Calif. (September 7, 2019) — Thomas Enevoldsen scored his second consecutive brace at home as Republic FC defeated Tacoma Defiance 3-0 at Papa Murphy’s Park on Saturday night.
With the win, Simon Elliott’s men climbed up to sixth place in the Western Conference standings with 37 points from 26 matches. Republic FC is now just three points behind fourth-placed Austin Bold FC with a game in hand. The Indomitable Club will have a chance to gain ground on the Texan side as Austin is their opponent on Wednesday night.
Thomas Enevoldsen opened the scoring in the 13th minute after calmly brushing home a Jordan McCrary cross to put the home side again. McCrary surged down the right flank with possession before firing a right-footed ball into the box that found a wide open Enevoldsen directly in front of goal.
The Danish striker was involved again as Republic FC doubled their lead on the cusp of halftime. Enevoldsen slid a pass between two Tacoma defenders at the top of the box to Cameron Iwasa who rifled a left-footed shot on his first touch towards the far corner to beat the Tacoma goalkeeper.
Republic FC put the game out of reach in the 75th minute when Jaime Villarreal flicked a perfectly weighted through ball to Iwasa in the box. The Sacramento native selflessly picked out a wide open Enevoldsen who powered his shot into the top of the netting for the 3-0 lead. The goal was Enevoldsen’s second brace in as many home matches since joining SRFC in mid-August, while the assist was Iwasa’s team-leading fifth of the year.
The Indomitable Club continue their three-game run in eight days when the team travels to Texas midweek to take on Austin Bold on Wednesday night at 5:30 p.m. PT. The quick turnaround continues for the boys in Old Glory Red when they host Rio Grande Valley FC Toros on Sunday, September 15 at 2 p.m. PT for Family Day at Papa Murphy’s Park.
Scoring Summary: SAC - Thomas Enevoldsen (Jordan McCrary) 13, Cameron Iwasa (Thomas Enevoldsen) 45, Thomas Enevoldsen (Cameron Iwasa) 75.
Misconduct Summary: SAC - Drew Skundrich (caution) 11, Mitchell Taintor (caution) 18; TAC - Marlon Vargas (caution) 33, Christopher Hegardt (caution) 90.
Sacramento Republic FC - Bobby Shuttleworth; Jordan McCrary, Matt Mahoney, Mitchell Taintor, Juan Barahona (Charalampos Chantzopoulos 85); Jaime Villarreal, Keven Aleman, Villyan Bijev (Sam Werner 67), Drew Skundrich; Thomas Enevoldsen (Dariusz Formella 79), Cameron Iwasa.
Subs Not Used: Rafael Diaz, Dekel Keinan, Hayden Partain, Stefano Bonomo.
Stats - Shots: 18, Shots on Goal: 9, Saves: 1, Fouls: 17, Corner Kicks: 7, Offsides: 0.
Tacoma Defiance - Trey Muse; Denso Ulysse, Sam Rogers, Ever Rubio, Matt Nance (Alex Villanueva 31); Josh Atencio, Jesse Daley; Ray Serrano (Chris Hegardt 73), Danny Robles (Herbert Robinson 59), Marlon Vargas, Austin Brummett.
Subs Not Used: Jamie Lowell, Aleks Berkolds
Stats - Shots: 5, Shots on Goal: 1, Saves: 6, Fouls: 11, Corner Kicks: 7, Offsides: 1.
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