SACRAMENTO, California (September 12, 2020) – Republic FC elevated its current undefeated streak to eight games after Saturday night’s 3-3 draw against Reno 1868 FC at Papa Murphy’s Park.
The result leaves Sacramento level on 25 points in Group A with Reno and the point earned on the night helps the Indomitable Club inch closer towards solidifying a playoff spot which the team can accomplish next weekend against Tacoma Defiance.
Mark Briggs’ men fell behind in the 2nd minute of the match when Foster Langsdorf connected with a Christiano Francois crossed and directed his header into goal to lift Reno to a 1-0 lead.
But it took Republic FC all of three minutes to equalize when Sam Werner drilled home a header of his own after Kharlton Belmar delivered a perfectly placed cross from the right wing. The goal was Werner’s first score this season while the assist was the first of two for Belmar on the night.
Werner's first goal of 2020 leveled the match at 1-1 in the 5th minute.
Sacramento snagged its first lead of the match when Belmar set up his sides’ second strike after he spotted Dariusz Formella on the left flank in space. The Polish playmaker drove forward and fired a left-footed shot towards the far post that zipped by the visiting goalkeeper and into net. The goal was Formella’s team-best sixth with SRFC this season and Belmar has now notched a team-high four assists in 2020.
In the 67th minute, Reno was awarded a penalty after the referee pointed to the spot and Kevin Partida’s well-placed effort into the far corner knotted the game at 2-2.
Republic FC reclaimed the lead in the 73rd minute when a loose ball from a corner kick found Cameron Iwasa who laid a delicate pass off to Jaime Villarreal at the top of the box and the midfielder drilled his first touch into goal for his first score of the season. Villarreal’s strike lifted the Indomitable Club to a 3-2 lead before 1868 FC bagged a late equalizer by way of Aidan Apodaca in the 90th minute.
Formella scored SRFC's second of three goals on the night.
Newly acquired on-loan striker from OKC Energy FC Frank Lopez made his debut for the club as a 78th minute second half substitute for Sam Werner.
The boys in Old Glory Red have a third straight home game ahead of them when Tacoma Defiance visits Papa Murphy’s Park on Saturday, September 19. Kickoff for the clash against SRFC’s fellow Group A opponent is set for 7:30 p.m. PT.
Scoring Summary:RNO – Foster Langsdorf (Christiano Francois) 2’, Kevin Partida PK 67’, Aidan Apodaca 90’+3; SAC – Sam Werner (Kharlton Belmar) 5’, Dariusz Formella (Kharlton Belmar) 32’, Jaime Villarreal (Cameron Iwasa) 73’.
Misconduct Summary:RNO – Tony Alfaro (caution) 79’, Kevin Partida (caution) 84’, Aidan Apodaca (caution) 90’; SAC – Kharlton Belmar (caution) 80’.
Sacramento Republic FC – Rafael Diaz; Ashkanov Apollon (Shannon Gomez 45’), Hayden Sargis, Matt Mahoney, Jordan McCrary, Drew Skundrich ©, Villyan Bijev (Cameron Iwasa 68’), Dariusz Formella, Sam Werner (Frank Lopez 78’), Jaime Villarreal, Kharlton Belmar.
Unused substitutes: Brady Scott, Dekel Keinan, Julian Chavez, Rafael Jauregui.
Stats– Shots: 19, Shots on Goal: 8, Saves: 0, Fouls: 11, Corner Kicks: 6, Offsides: 0.
Reno 1868 FC–Ben Beaury; Sam Gleadle, Thomas Janjigian (Tony Alfaro 63’), Jared Trimmer, Brent Richards; Tucker Bone, Christiano Francois (Jesus Enriquez 84’), Foster Langsdorf (Aidan Apodaca 63’); Sergio Rivas, Kevin Partida (Mo Dabo 90’); Corey Hertzog (Benjamin Kikanovich 63’).
Unused substitutes:Tony Alfaro, Eric De La Cerda, Emilio Ycaza.
Stats– Shots: 18, Shots on Goal: 5, Saves: 5, Fouls: 12, Corner Kicks: 6, Offsides: 0.
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