RENO, Nevada (September 26, 2020) – Republic FC shared the spoils with Reno 1868 FC on Saturday night following a 1-1 draw at Greater Nevada Field.
The playoff-bound boys in Old Glory Red are now just one game away from tying a club all-time record for consecutive matches without a loss at 11 – a feat the club last conquered in 2016.
The result for Mark Briggs’ men means the squad is still in contention for the top spot in Group A and can secure the top spot with two wins in its last two matches, as long as Reno loses its last two remaining fixtures. If 1868 FC collects one point over its last two games, Reno will take first and Sacramento will solidify second place in the group.
Jaime Villarreal took three shots on the night and created one scoring chance.
Just before halftime on Saturday night the hosts snatched a 1-0 lead when a Brent Richards header gave his side the first advantage of the game.
In the 51st minute, Dekel Keinan leveled the match when fellow defender Juan Barahona whipped in a corner kick that the Israeli international buried with a perfectly placed header into the top corner. The goal was Keinan’s first of his career in Sacramento while the assist was Barahona’s second this season.
Republic FC continued pushing forward in search of a late winner and outshot the hosts on the night 18 to 10. The Indomitable Club also created 12 scoring chances on the night compared to Reno’s six. SRFC also conjured up seven corner kicks over the course of the contest while Reno did not manage to attempt a single one.
Kharlton Belmar's four assists this season is a team-high for 2020.
Next up for the boys in Old Glory Red is a fourth and final regular season fixture against Tacoma Defiance. The midweek matchup is slated for Wednesday, September 30 with kickoff against the Pacific Northwest club set for 7:00 p.m. PT.
Scoring Summary:RNO – Brent Richards (Christiano Francois) 44’; SAC – Dekel Keinan (Juan Barahona) 51’.
Misconduct Summary:RNO – Sergio Rivas (caution) 5’, Foster Langsdorf (caution) 46’, Tony Alfaro (caution) 50’, Corey Hertzog (caution) 58’; SAC – Rodrigo Lopez (caution) 20’, Tomas Hilliard-Arce (caution) 52’.
Sacramento Republic FC – Rafael Diaz; Juan Barahona, Tomas Hilliard-Arce, Dekel Keinan (Matt Mahoney 73’), Jordan McCrary, Rodrigo Lopez © (Cameron Iwasa 73’), Dariusz Formella, Andrew Wheeler-Omiunu, Jaime Villarreal, Sam Werner (Villyan Bijev 45’), Kharlton Belmar (Frank Lopez 81’).
Unused substitutes: Brady Scott, Ashkanov Apollon.
Stats– Shots: 18, Shots on Goal: 5, Saves: 1, Fouls: 13, Corner Kicks: 7, Offsides: 1.
Reno 1868 FC– Ben Beaury; Brent Richards ©, Jared Trimmer, Sam Gleadle, Tony Alfaro (Thomas Janjigian 57’); Kevin Partida (Younes Boudadi 76’), Sergio Rivas (Emilio Ycaza 56’), Christiano Francois, Foster Langsdorf (Aidan Apodaca 76’), Corey Hertzog, Tucker Bone.
Unused substitutes: Eric De La Cerda, Benjamin Kikanovich, Jesus Enriquez.
Stats– Shots: 10, Shots on Goal: 2, Saves: 4, Fouls: 13, Corner Kicks: 0, Offsides: 1.
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