SACRAMENTO, California (July 31, 2021) – For the third straight match, Republic FC opened the scoring early en route to a 3-1 win over New York Red Bulls II.
Luis Felipe led the way for Sacramento, scoring twice in the first half to secure his first career brace. Felipe found the net in the 17th minute off a Darek Formella corner kick to put the Boys in Old Glory Red up 1-0, and again 5 minutes later on an assist from Duke Lacroix. Felipe’s Brace was the second for a Republic FC player this season.
Sacramento widened their lead in the 39th minute after being awarded a penalty for a foul on Jerome Kiesewetter, who made his home debut in the 3-1 victory. Darek Formella punched one in for his third score of the season after his penalty attempt was saved by New York Goalkeeper AJ Marcucci.
"It was a pleasing night overall," said Head Coach Mark Briggs. "There's things to work on and there's things to get better at, but that's for another day. We're going to enjoy the three points we took tonight.”
The East Coast club kept a high line for the entire contest, but Sacramento goalkeeper Tomas Gomez and the Republic FC back line did well to mitigate the pressure, allowing just 3 shots on target.
New York would get on the board with their only score of the match in the 62nd minute, when Jeremy Rafanello netted an excellent shot past Tomas Gomez from 35 yards out.
Mark Briggs’ men made the most of their opportunities all night, putting four of their seven shots for the match on frame and generating six chances to score from close range.
Sacramento returns to action this Thursday when they travel north to Washington for their first meeting of the season with Tacoma Defiance. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. PT and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN+.
Scoring Summary: SAC – Luis Felipe (Darek Formella) 17’, Luis Felipe (Duke Lacroix) 22’, Darek Formella 39’ NY – Jeremy Rafanello 62’
Misconduct Summary: SAC – Luis Felipe (caution) 12’; Mario Penagos (caution) 26’ NY – Emir Tombul (caution) 36’, Daniel Edelman (caution) 40’, Kyle Zajec (caution) 73’
Sacramento Republic FC: Tomas Gomez, Shannon Gomez, Dan Casey, Hayden Sargis, Duke Lacroix, Mario Penagos (Fatai Alashe 67’), Pete Pennanen, Luis Felipe, Kharlton Belmar (Mitch Taintor 79’), Jerome Kiesewetter (Cam Iwasa 85’), Darek Formella
Unused substitutes: Rafa Diaz, Jaime Villareal, Jordan McCrary, Nabi Kibunguchy
Stats – Shots: 7, Shots on Goal: 4, Saves 2, Fouls 13 , Corner Kicks: 1, Offsides: 5.
New York Red Bulls II: AJ Marcucci, Matty Acosta, Emir Tombul, Joey Zalinsky, Juan Castillo (Austin Brummet 83’), Daniel Edelman, Kyle Zajec, Jeremy Rafanello, Jake Lacava, Omar Sowe, Serge Ngoma (Mathias Jorgensen 78’)
Unused substitutes: Sam Joesph, Mike Knapp, James Contron, Bento Estrela, Samuel Williams
Stats – Shots: 22, Shots on Goal: 3, Saves: 1, Fouls: 19, Corner Kicks: 4, Offsides: 1
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