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Three Takeaways from #OAKvSAC

By Emile Guzman, 08/12/21, 2:15PM PDT

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Good defense accompanies three great saves from Tomas Gomez in Sacramento’s third draw with Oakland this season

Republic FC came away with points in their fifth straight contest on Wednesday, a 0-0 draw with Oakland Roots SC. Their 16th match this season puts the Indomitable club at the half-way mark of the 2021 campaign, and in the middle of a pack of opponents chasing playoff position in the Pacific Division.

Gomez With the Save

Tomas Gomez had an excellent night for the Boys in Old Glory Red. The veteran goalkeeper tallied three saves on the night, all of which neutralized excellent scoring chances for the hosts. A 12th minute save stopped a close range shot from Jesus Enriquez, who managed put a difficult look from the end line on frame. Six minutes later, Gomez stopped an attempt from Yohannes Harish, who found space inside the penalty box after an Oakland corner.

None were more impressive, however, than his 64th minute effort. After a missed clearance, Gomez stopped Jeremy Bokila’s strike from point blank range before diving to save the ball from trickling in on the rebound. 

Defensive Resilience  

Republic FC’s defense stayed strong in the draw, handling a late push from Oakland’s attacking unit well to record their third clean sheet of the season. Sacramento combined for 20 clearances on the night, five of which came from 19-year-old defender Hayden Sargis, while surrendering just seven shots to their Bay Area foes. 

The club’s fifth straight match without a loss also marked their third straight contest conceding one score or less. Since the start of July, Republic FC has conceded multiple goals just twice in eight matches. 

Pacific Division Race

Claiming at least a point in their fifth straight match moved Republic FC up one spot in the standings. At the season’s halfway mark, the Pacific Division race remains extraordinarily tight, as just seven points separate five clubs in the battle for playoff position. Through the remainder of the season, Mark Briggs’ men will face LA Galaxy II, Tacoma Defiance, and Las Vegas Lights a combined eight times – in 16 remaining games, making the goal of an 8thconsecutive playoff berth more than attainable. 

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