After enjoying most of the possession in the first 15 minutes of the match, Chivas opened the scoring in the 18th minute. Strong offensive possession led to a corner. Defender Miguel Ponce sent the corner into the box where forward Marco Bueno had beat his mark and sent a header toward goal. The shot soared past Republic FC keeper Dominik Jakubek and into the back of the net for the early 1-0 lead by the visitors.
Republic FC would equalize in the 36th minute when forward Wilson Kneeshaw attacked the middle of the defense before laying the ball off for a charging Danny Barrera. The captain took a one-time, left-footed shot that curled up and over the defense and past a fully out-stretched Chivas keeper Miguel Jimenez. The shot was perfectly placed and leveled the match at 1-1 going into the break.
Chivas came close to taking the lead in the 64th minute when midfielder Eduardo Lopez threatened up the middle of the field. Lopez showed his dribbling class as he got past the Republic FC midfield and promptly sent a shot on goal. The left-footed strike dipped quickly on goal but Jakubek was in good position to make a one-handed leaping save, sending the shot over the bar.
Republic FC nearly found a winner in the 86th minute. Defender Elliott Hord attacked up the right wing and sent a cross into the box that found the head of forward Mackenzie Pridham. The forward sent a powerful header on goal that Jimenez made the save on, but the shot powered off the crossbar and to the feet of Christian Chaney. The forward was able to send a shot on goal that Jimenez again parried away, only to roll to the oncoming Agustin Cazarez. The midfielder sent a third strike at the goal, only to have it blocked away by two Chivas defenders for a corner kick.
“This was a great way to cap off the season,” said Republic FC Head Coach and Technical Director Paul Buckle. “We have to be proud that we were able to get to their goal a few times. I am delighted that we got a draw, I did not want to lose and I think everyone got a lot out of it, including the fans.”
The match ended in a 1-1 draw against a Chivas squad that featured many first team players, including Carlos Peña, Jair Pereira and José Vazquez, ending Republic FC’s season on a high note. Republic FC will hold their first open tryout for the 2017 USL season on Oct. 29-30. The two-day tryout will be held at Cosumnes River College. For more information, visit SacRepublicFC.com.
Scoring Summary: GDL – Marco Bueno (Miguel Ponce) 18; SRFC – Danny Barrera (Wilson Kneeshaw) 36
Misconduct Summary: SRFC – Dominik Jakubek (caution) 90
CD Guadalajara – Miguel Jiménez, Jair Pereira (Diego Cortés 46), Miguel Basulto, Miguel Ponce, Michelle Benítez (Jesús Godínez 60), José Vazquez, Josué Lázaro (Eduardo López 55), Carlos Peña (Juan de Dios Agüayo 55), Mauro Contreras (Alan Cervantes 55), Marco Bueno (Edson Torres 55), Alejandro Zendejas (Ángel Zaldívar 65).
Subs Not Used: Antonio Rodríguez, Carlos Salcido, Edwin Hernández, Jesús Sánchez, Néstor Calderón, Carlos Cisneros, Michael Pérez.
Stats: Shots: 20, Shots on Goal: 5, Saves: 5, Fouls: 9, Corner Kicks: 3, Offside: 0.
Sacramento Republic FC – Dominik Jakubek; Elliott Hord, Carlos Rodriguez (Mike da Fonte 45), Chris Christian (Alfonso Motagalvan 50), James Kiffe (Carlos Camacho 55), Matt LaGrassa (Mackenzie Pridham 55), Danny Barrera (Joaquin Rivas 55), Daniel Trickett-Smith (Agustin Cazarez 55), Cameron Iwasa (Max Alvarez 50), Harry Williams (Octavio Guzman 55), Wilson Kneeshaw (Christian Chaney 55).
Subs Not Used: Evan Newton.
Stats: Shots: 8, Shots on Goal: 6, Saves: 4, Fouls: 12, Corner Kicks: 2, Offside: 2