SACRAMENTO, Calif. (September 15, 2019) — Republic FC came from behind to beat Rio Grande Valley FC Toros 2-1 at Papa Murphy’s Park on Sunday afternoon and took one step closer to hosting a postseason match come late-October.
Rio Grande Valley FC managed to strike first in the fifth minute when Nico Lemoine’s close range shot gave the visitors an early lead.
Republic FC equalized in the 18th minute after Charalampos Chantzopoulos weaved a through ball between multiple RGVFC defenders to find Sam Werner in space. The former Stanford Cardinal, in a full sprint, tucked his right footed shot inside the far post to level the score.
The Indomitable Club found the go-ahead goal in the 81st minute when Keven Aleman picked out Dariusz Formella on the far side of the box. The Polish playmaker collected himself and rifled his shot into the top netting to beat goalkeeper Michael Nelson and gift SRFC a 2-1 lead. The goal was Formella’s second in as many games, both match-winners.
Sunday’s win lifted SRFC up to 43 points in the Western Conference through 28 games with six matches remaining.
The Indomitable Club is back on the road for their next match as they take on OKC Energy FC on Sunday, September 22. Kickoff is set for 4:00 p.m. PT.
Scoring Summary: RGV - Nico Lemoine 5; SAC - Sam Werner (Thomas Enevoldsen) 18, Dariusz Formella (Keven Aleman) 81.
Misconduct Summary: RGV - Robert Castellanos (caution) 68, Eric Bird (caution) 83; SAC - Dariusz Formella (caution) 83, Bobby Shuttleworth (time wasting) 90.
Sacramento Republic FC - Bobby Shuttleworth; Jordan McCrary, Matt Mahoney, Dekel Keinan (Charalampos Chantzopoulos 8), Juan Barahona; Jaime Villarreal, Keven Aleman, Sam Werner (Villyan Bijev 79), Drew Skundrich; Thomas Enevoldsen, Stefano Bonomo (Dariusz Formella 64)
Subs Not Used: Rafael Diaz, Mitchell Taintor, Ray Saari, Hayden Partain.
Stats - Shots: 15, Shots on Goal: 4, Saves: 1, Fouls: 17, Corner Kicks: 6, Offsides: 1.
Rio Grande Valley FC Toros - Michael Nelson; Andrew Samuels, Kyle Adams, Robert Castellanos, Sam Junqua, Eric Bird, Isidro Martinez, Jesus Enriquez (Victor Garza 89), Romilio Hernandez (Kevin Rodriguez 75), Michael Salazar, Nico Lemoine (Deshane Beckford 84).
Subs Not Used: David Cabrera, Conor Donovan, Zach Jackson, Nicolas Corti
Stats - Shots: 7, Shots on Goal: 2, Saves: 2, Fouls: 14, Corner Kicks: 0, Offsides: 1.
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