SACRAMENTO, Calif. (October 23, 2019) — Republic FC showcased their resiliency on Wednesday night in the Western Conference play-in game after a 2-1 come-from-behind victory that was headlined by a breathtaking strike from Thomas Enevoldsen.
With the win, Simon Elliott’s men march on to the Quarterfinals of the 2019 USL Championship Playoffs where regional rivals Reno 1868 will be waiting for them at Greater Nevada Field this Saturday night.
It took all of 15 seconds into the match for New Mexico to leap out to a 1-0 lead. Forward Devon Sandoval picked out Santi Moar near the endline who charged towards the SRFC defense before returning it to Sandoval at the top of the box. The striker steered his right-footed shot into the back of the net for early advantage.
United nearly doubled their lead in the 12th minute but goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth brushed aside the close range header, one of his four saves on the evening.
The boys in Old Glory Red continued pushing forward in search of an equalizer and nearly found it in the 35th minute through Enevoldsen. The Danish striker weaved through United’s defense and fired a low shot that deflected off a defender before striking the woodwork.
But the Indomitable Club would not be denied and it was Keven Aleman who delivered the leveler in the final minute of first-half stoppage time. From the top of the box, Enevoldsen flicked a lob towards the back post that Drew Skundrich headed back across goal. The cross managed to find Aleman who fired his first attempt by the visiting goalkeeper to tie the match at 1-1.
Aleman almost bagged a brace in the second half when his 55th minute curling effort from outside the box collided with the crossbar.
Sacramento created plenty of second half goal scoring chances but the moment of magic came in the 82nd minute when Sam Werner delivered an impeccable ball all the way from just inside the midfield line that was placed perfectly on Enevoldsen’s foot just feet from United’s goal. The Great Dane buried his volley and inevitably booked Republic FC their spot in the Quarterfinals. The finish was sublime but the pinpoint delivery from Werner made it all possible.
The Indomitable Club’s quest for USL Championship Cup glory continues Saturday in Reno with kickoff at Greater Nevada Field set for 5:30 p.m. PT.
Scoring Summary: NM - Devon Sandoval (Santi Moar) 1; SAC - Keven Aleman (Drew Skundrich) 45, Thomas Enevoldsen (Sam Werner) 82.
Misconduct Summary: SAC - Thomas Enevoldsen (caution) 44, Jaime Villarreal (caution) 67, Sam Werner (caution) 90; NM - Manny Padilla (caution) 44, Christopher Wehan (caution) 64, Juan Guzman (caution) 69, Justin Schmidt (caution) 90.
Sacramento Republic FC - Bobby Shuttleworth; Jordan McCrary, Dekel Keinan, Mitchell Taintor, Juan Barahona; Jaime Villarreal, Keven Aleman, Villyan Bijev (Sam Werner 61), Drew Skundrich; Thomas Enevoldsen (Charalampos Chantzopoulos 89), Cameron Iwasa.
Subs Not Used: Rafael Diaz, Matt Mahoney, Hayden Partain, Ray Saari, Dariusz Formella.
Stats - Shots: 18, Shots on Goal: 7, Saves: 4, Fouls: 15, Corner Kicks: 6, Offsides: 1.
New Mexico United - Cody Mizell; Manny Padilla, Rashid Tetteh, Justin Schmidt, Josh Suggs; Santi Moar, Juan Guzman (Daniel Bruce 86), Sam Hamilton (Saalih Muhammad) 45, David Estrada (Kevaughn Frater) 58; Christopher Wehan, Devon Sandoval.
Subs Not Used: Austin Yearwood, Tommy Madden, Benjamin Beaury, Ethen Sampson.
Stats - Shots: 7, Shots on Goal: 5, Saves: 5, Fouls: 15, Corner Kicks: 0, Offsides: 0.
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