Republic FC claimed another point on the road on Thursday, the first meeting of the season with Tacoma Defiance. Last night’s result continues the club’s points’ streak with 8 earned in the last four games.
Jerome Kiesewetter opened his scoring account with the Indomitable Club, putting Sacramento ahead early for the fourth straight match while Dan Casey led another good defensive performance for the back line. The draw keeps Mark Briggs’ men confident heading into their third matchup of the season with Northern California rival Oakland Roots SC, a match originally scheduled for June 19.
New acquisition Jerome Kiesewetter found the net on Thursday for his first goal as a member of the Boys in Old Glory Red. Coming in the 18th minute off Duke Lacroix’s team leading third assist of the season, it was also his first score in USL Championship play since September of 2019, and first goal since September of 2020 with USL League One Club Fort Lauderdale CF.
“I had one called offside last week, which was a bit unlucky,” Kiesewetter said after the match. It’s great to get my first goal- It gives me confidence and helps the team.”
Getting on the board quickly has been a focal point of late for Mark Briggs and the Boys in Old Glory Red, and it paid off again against Tacoma. The club’s 18th minute goal wasn’t just Jerome Kiesewetter’s first with the Sacramento, it marked the fourth consecutive match Republic FC has scored first, a streak started by Tucker Bone on July 14 against Las Vegas Lights FC.
Since that time, Republic FC is unbeaten and has benefited from the contributions of club’s deep bench. The club’s “next man up” approach has been crucial to replacing the production of key players such as Tucker Bone and Darek Formella, who both missed Thursday’s match due to injury.
“It’s always good to get in front right away,” said Coach Mark Briggs. “It may not happen all the time, but lately we’ve come out of the blocks early, started off right and taken the lead. Its impact has been positive, and we need to keep that momentum.”
Dan Casey did it all for Sacramento’s back line during the draw. Leading a well executed defensive effort for the club, Casey finished with a game-high seven clearances on the night, while also completing a team-high 56 passes and finishing with 82% passing accuracy.
Casey also finished the contest with one shot on goal- a 40 yard attempt that nearly snuck past Tacoma goalkeeper Christian Herrera in the 23rd minute.
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