IRVINE, California (May 22, 2021)– Republic FC were handed its first loss of the 2021 USL Championship campaign by Orange County SC in Southern California on Saturday night, 1-0.
The boys in Old Gory Red were unable to break the hosts backline despite creating more scoring chances, 9 to 8, taking more shots, 12 to 11, and winning the time of possession battle, 60 % to 40%.
Both Tucker Bone and Kharlton Belmar – making his 150th career USL Championship appearance – created two scoring chances a piece against Orange County in the first of four regular season clashes between the two Pacific Division clubs.
Republic FC goalkeeper Tomas Gomez kept his side firmly in the match and within one of the hosts by making three saves on the night – two of which came early on as well with the first being a blistering shot in the fourth minute that Gomez held on to before he swatted away a dangerous effort in the 15th minute.
One minute after Gomez’s first stop, Republic FC pushed forward and nearly broke though by way of Pete Pennanen whose long-range effort forced the Orange County goalkeeper into dropping low to deny Mark Briggs’ men the first half advantage.
Just over the half hour mark, OCSC’s Thomas Enevoldsen picked out midfielder Chris Wehan who delivered the games’ lone goal.
The Indomitable Club will return to Sacramento for a Saturday night showdown on May 29 at Heart Health Park against Phoenix Rising FC with kickoff set for 7:30 p.m. PT.
Scoring Summary: OC – Chris Wehan (Thomas Enevoldsen) 33’.
Misconduct Summary: OC – Mikko Kuningas (caution) 36’, Rob Kiernan (caution) 48’, Eero Markkanen (caution) 51’, Ronaldo Damus (caution) 80’; SAC – Luis Felipe (caution) 43’, Tucker Bone (caution) 46’, Jordan McCrary (caution) 69’, Dan Casey (caution) 73’.
Sacramento Republic FC– Tomas Gomez; Shannon Gomez, Mitch Taintor, Dan Casey, Duke Lacroix (Jordan McCrary 62’); Andrew Wheeler-Omiunu, Felipe Luis, Pete Pennanen (Jaime Villarreal 74’), Tucker Bone (Cameron Iwasa 62’), Kharlton Belmar (Fatai Alashe 45’), Dariusz Formella.
Unused substitutes: Rafael Diaz, Hayden Sargis, Mario Penagos
Stats – Shots: 12, Shots on Goal: 2, Saves: 3, Fouls: 14, Corner Kicks: 6, Offsides: 0.
Orange County SC– Patrick Rakovsky; Nathan Smith, Brent Richards, Rob Kiernan, Rhys Breen, Michael Orozco, Thomas Enevoldsen (Brian Iloski 88’), Ronaldo Damus, Chris Wehan, Mikko Kuningas (Thomas McCabe 60’), Eero Markkanen.
Unused substitutes: Jack Imperato, Hunter Hanes, Kobi Henry, Abraham Romero
Stats – Shots: 11, Shots on Goal:4, Saves: 2, Fouls: 18, Corner Kicks: 3, Offsides: 2.
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