CD Aguiluchos USA had the first real scoring threat after Republic FC missed a few chances in the first 10 minutes. In the 11th minute forward Simon Rawnsley took advantage of some miscommunication by the Republic FC defense as he ran onto a goal kick and found himself in a one-on-one situation with Republic FC keeper Evan Newton. Rawnsley took one touch towards goal but Newton was able to come off of his line to make the vital save for Republic FC.
In the 21st minute Republic FC earned a penalty kick when Aguiluchos defender Bengy Ruiz blatantly deflected a Carlos Rodriguez header with his hand in the box, which he was consequently booked for. Forward Thomas Stewart stepped up to the penalty spot but was unable to get his shot past a diving Kevin Gonzalez as the keeper fell to his left to save the penalty kick.
Republic FC finally broke through shortly thereafter in the 24th minute when midfielder Alfonso Motagalvan got his head on the end of a Max Alvarez corner kick and sent the ball into the back of the net for the early 1-0 lead. The goal was Republic FC’s first scored directly off of a corner kick since September 2014.
Aguiluchos had another scoring chance in the 33rd minute when forward Ross Middlemiss took a side volley shot from 25 yards out. The shot looked dangerous as it dipped towards goal but it sailed harmlessly above the crossbar and on top of the net for a goal kick.
Republic FC added a second goal in the 36th minute when Alvarez sent a right-footed in-swinging free kick from 25 yards out into the box. The ball was deflected and rolled loose in the box for forward Mackenzie Pridham who slotted his shot past Aguiluchos keeper Kevin Gonzalez for the 2-0 lead.
Republic FC scored two more goals just before the halftime whistle. The first came again on a corner kick in the 44th minute when Rodriguez got a head to an Alvarez corner kick for the goal. Stewart added the fourth goal of the half in stoppage time when he cleaned up a chance off of a Pridham shot and sent the rebound shot straight into the back of the net for a 4-0 halftime score line.
The second half did not have quite the scoring action of the first half but both teams saw scoring chances. Aguiluchos almost tallied in the 78th minute when Middlemiss was able to fend off the defense and send a shot on goal. Fortunately defender Derek Foran deflected the shot which hit off of the crossbar and out of play.
Alvarez added to his impressive night with a perfectly placed left-footed free kick goal from 20 yards out in the 90th minute. Alvarez finished with the free-kick goal and two assists on the night. The match ended in a 5-0 victory for Republic FC and advanced them to the Third Round of the 2016 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.
“There are no easy games in football”, said Head Coach and Technical Director Paul Buckle after his first U.S. Open Cup victory. “We made it pretty tough at times. We were very clinical from set plays right to the very end. I’m very pleased with Evan Newton’s clean sheet.”
Republic FC will host the Kitsap Pumas (PDL) in a U.S. Open Cup Third Round match on Wednesday, June 1. Kickoff is 8 p.m. at Bonney Field. The match is included in the season ticket package. Single match tickets go on sale on Saturday, May 21 at 10 a.m. at Ticketmaster.com.
Scoring Summary: SRFC – Alfonso Motagalvan (Max Alvarez) 24, Mackenzie Pridham 36, Carlos Rodriguez (Max Alvarez) 44, Thomas Stewart 45, Max Alvarez (free kick) 90
Misconduct Summary: CDA – Bengy Ruiz (caution) 20, Jesus Morales (caution) 48, Ricardo Guerra (caution) 67, Ross Middlemiss (caution) 81
CD Aguiluchos USA – Kevin Gonzalez; Jose Cabeza, Ricardo Guerra (Matheus Pitanga 82), Selaab Ghafouri, Bengy Ruiz; Devin Collins (Arthur Bahr 62), Adan Elizondo (Juan Mondragon 58), Jesus Morales, William Nino; Simon Rawnsley, Ross Middlemiss
Subs Not Used: Kevin Esquivel, Edwin Chavez, Anthony Desouza, Dario Teyez.
Stats: Shots: 25, Shots on Goal: 12, Saves: 5, Fouls: 13, Corner Kicks: 7, Offside: 2.
Sacramento Republic FC – Evan Newton; Emrah Klimenta, Derek Foran, Carlos Rodriguez, James Kiffe; Max Alvarez, Alfonso Motagalvan, Matt LaGrassa (Joaquin Rivas 70), Chase Minter (Cameron Iwasa 56); Thomas Stewart, Mackenzie Pridham (Harry Williams 73).
Subs Not Used: Dominik Jakubek, Agustin Cazarez, Chris Christian, Octavio Guzman.
Stats: Shots: 10, Shots on Goal: 5, Saves: 7, Fouls: 13, Corner Kicks: 8, Offside: 2.