SACRAMENTO, Calif. (September 28, 2019) — Republic FC battled through rain, hail and a lengthy weather delay before an El Paso Locomotive FC late goal gave the visitors a 2-1 win Saturday night at Papa Murphy’s Park.
Despite the loss, the boys in Old Glory Red still control their own destiny when it comes to hosting a first-round playoff game come late-October. If the team wins their remaining four regular season games, Republic FC is a lock for at least fourth place and a playoff-hosting seed.
The Indomitable Club struck first with a 14th minute goal from Thomas Enevoldsen, only four minutes after play resumed following the delay. Midfielder Jaime Villarreal picked out Stefano Bonomo on the left side of the box who directed his header back across goal. Defender Matt Mahoney nodded Bonomo’s header on frame before Enevoldsen tapped it home. The goal was the Danish strikers sixth with the club since joining in August.
El Paso leveled the score in the 48th minute when Bryam Rebellon rifled a left-footed effort into the back of the net. A loose ball fell to the Locomotive FC defender who happened to be in the right place at the right time.
The visitors took the lead in injury time when substitute Josue Gomez scored in the 91st minute.
The result leaves Sacramento in sixth place with 44 points from 30 matches. SRFC still boasts the third-best defense in the Western Conference, having only surrendered 33 goals all season.
The Indomitable Club has a quick turnaround as archrivals LA Galaxy II visit Papa Murphy’s Park on Wednesday, October 2. Kickoff for Breast Health Awareness Night is set for 7:30 p.m. PT.
Scoring Summary: SAC - Thomas Enevoldsen (Matt Mahoney 14); ELP - Bryam Rebellon 48; Josue Gomez 90.
Misconduct Summary: ELP - Andrew Fox (caution) 29, Yuma (caution) 57; SAC - Drew Skundrich (caution) 84, Charalampos Chantzopoulos (caution) 87.
Sacramento Republic FC - Bobby Shuttleworth; Jordan McCrary, Matt Mahoney, Charalampos Chantzopoulos, Juan Barahona; Jaime Villarreal, Keven Aleman (Dariusz Formella 80), Villyan Bijev (Sam Werner 60), Drew Skundrich; Thomas Enevoldsen, Stefano Bonomo (Cameron Iwasa 53).
Subs Not Used: Rafael Diaz, Dekel Keinan, Hayden Sargis, Hayden Partain.
Stats - Shots: 19, Shots on Goal: 4, Saves: 3, Fouls: 18, Corner Kicks: 6, Offsides: 1.
El Paso Locomotive FC - Logan Ketterer; Bryam Rebellon, James Kiffe (Drew Beckie 88), Andrew Fox, Chiro N’Toko; Sebastian Velasquez, Yuma Monsalvez, Nick Ross; Alexy Bosetti (Sebastian Contreras 69), Omar Salgado, Jerome Kiessewetter (Josue Gomez 65).
Subs Not Used: Guillermo Diaz, Edson Partida, Louis Herrera, Jermaine Fordah.
Stats - Shots: 10, Shots on Goal: 3, Saves: 2, Fouls: 10, Corner Kicks: 2, Offsides: 0.
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