Republic FC enjoyed most of the possession early in the match. Forward Thomas Stewart had the first real chance of the match in the 34th minute. Stewart sent a header on goal from inside the six-yard box after a Rodrigo Lopez cross was deflected. Real Monarchs keeper Eduardo Fernandez was there to block it away however and kept the match scoreless going into the half.
Republic FC continued to dominate possession to begin the second half and in the 67th minute it would pay off. Lopez attacked with the ball on the left flank and got into the box. Lopez then picked up his target, Justin Braun, and drilled a cross through the air that found the forward’s head. Braun calmly redirected the cross into a wide open net after Fernandez was forced to defend the threat of Lopez. The goal was Braun’s 4th in USL play in 2015 and the assist adds to Lopez’s all-time USL record.
Real Monarchs capitalized on a counterattack opportunity in the 86th minute. Second-half substitute Lucas Baldin sprinted up the left flank of the Republic FC defense and received a through ball from forward Emery Welshman. Baldin continued towards goal and was able to wrap a right-footed curler around oncoming Republic FC keeper Patrick McLain for the equalizing goal.
Republic FC forward Gabe Gissie, in his first USL start of the season, had a chance for a winner in stoppage time, but his left-footed side-volley went just high keeping the score 1-1.
“We’ve only got ourselves to blame,” Republic FC Head Coach and Technical Director Paul Buckle said after the match. “We haven’t been beaten, we have to take positives from it, but we are disappointed.”
Republic FC will be back in action again on Saturday, August 22, when they take on Tulsa Roughnecks FC at Bonney Field. Kickoff is 8:00 pm. A limited number of tickets are still available at Ticketmaster.com.
Scoring Summary: SRFC – Justin Braun (Rodrigo Lopez) 67; SLC – Lucas Baldin (Emery Welshman) 86
Misconduct Summary: SLC – Phanuel Kavita (caution) 14, Emilio Orozco (caution) 60, Emery Welshman (caution) 84; SRFC – Justin Braun (caution) 56, Ivan Mirković (caution) 61, Emrah Klimenta (caution) 90
Real Monarchs SLC – Eduardo Fernandez; Riley McGovern, Justen Glad (Emilio Orozco 45), Phanuel Kavita, Boyd Okwuono, Ricardo Velazco, Alec Sundly (Lennon Celestino 90), Wellington Paeckart, Maikon Orellana (Etiando Tavaraez 63), Sebastian Saucedo (Lucas Baldin 73), Emery Welshman.
Subs Not Used: Eric Osswald, Jordan Murrell, Tyler Arnone
Stats: Shots: 5, Shots on Goal: 2, Saves: 3, Fouls: 15, Corner Kicks: 1, Offside: 0.
Sacramento Republic FC – Patrick McLain; Emrah Klimenta, Mickey Daly, Nemanja Vuković, James Kiffe; Danny Barrera, Ivan Mirković, Gabe Gissie, Rodrigo Lopez (Joaquin Rivas 80); Thomas Stewart, Justin Braun.
Subs Not Used: Dominik Jakubek, Max Alvarez, Derek Foran, Agustin Cazarez, Cameron Iwasa, Kaleemullah
Stats: Shots: 15, Shots on Goal: 4, Saves: 1, Fouls: 17, Corner Kicks: 8, Offside: 3.