After an even first half hour in the match, with both teams seeing their fair share of possession, Seattle Sounders FC 2 saw the first real chance of the match in the 30th minute. Midfielder Aaron Kovar got behind the Republic FC defense on a long through ball in the air and had a one-on-one encounter with Mickey Daly in the box. Daly was called for a foul after Kovar went to ground. Kovar then stepped up to the penalty spot and pushed his shot wide of the post keeping the match scoreless.
Republic FC got on the score sheet shortly after in the 37th minute when midfielder Rodrigo Lopez sent a threatening through ball up the middle for forward Thomas Stewart. The target-man Stewart was able to run onto the ball and send a first-touch howler on goal. S2 keeper Charlie Lyon dove to his right and was able to deflect the ball, but Stewart’s shot had too much pace on it as it hit the inside of the far post and into the back of the net for a 1-0 Republic FC lead.
With the assist on Stewart’s first-half goal, Lopez became the all-time USL assists leader. The goal was Stewart’s first in USL play in 2015 and his sixth in all competitions.
The match came to halt in the 76th minute when S2 defender Amadou Sanyang went in dangerously with a tackle on Republic FC midfielder Octavio Guzman. Sanyang was shown a straight red card and Guzman was subbed out with a right knee injury.
Republic FC would add a second goal in the 83rd minute when Stewart beat an offside trap and ran onto a long through ball from midfielder Danny Barrera. Stewart was by himself and only had the keeper to beat as he initially tried to chip the oncoming Lyon. The S2 keeper blocked it right back to Stewart, who took two more touches towards the empty net and slotted home his second goal of the match, putting Republic FC ahead 2-0.
“We really contained them well and in open play they didn’t really expose us”, said Republic FC Head Coach Paul Buckle after his first USL victory. “I was really pleased with that. We looked very dangerous.”
“It was very important to get the victory after a few weeks not playing in the league”, said Stewart. “It’s always nice to score goals. It’s my job as a striker and I’m a goal-scorer. It’s what I do best.”
The win was snaps a three-match winless streak for Republic FC and moves them within three points of first place LA Galaxy II. Republic FC keeper Patrick McLain recorded his sixth shutout of the season, the fourth at Bonney Field.
Republic FC will be back in action again on Saturday, August 8 when they take on Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC at Bonney Field. Kickoff is 8:00 p.m. and tickets are available at Ticketmaster.com.
Scoring Summary: SRFC – Thomas Stewart (Rodrigo Lopez) 36, Thomas Stewart 83
Misconduct Summary: SEA – Amadou Danyang (ejection) 76, Pablo Rossi (caution) 88
Seattle Sounders FC 2 – Charlie Lyon; Ashani Fairclough, Jimmy Ockford (Nicholas Miele 45), Damion Lowe, Giuliano Frano; Amadou Danyang, Aaron Long, Sam Garza (Lorenzo Ramos 76), Aaron Kovar (Duncan McCormick 45); Victor Mansaray (Pablo Rossi 45), Oalex Anderson
Subs Not Used: Saif Kerawala, Nathaniel Tongovula, Kasey French
Stats: Shots: 6, Shots on Goal: 3, Saves: 6, Fouls: 9, Corner Kicks: 7, Offside: 0.
Sacramento Republic FC – Patrick McLain; Emrah Klimenta, Mickey Daly, Nemanja Vuković, James Kiffe; Max Alvarez (Joaquin Rivas 45), Octavio Guzman (Justin Braun 78), Ivan Mirković, Rodrigo Lopez, Danny Barrera (Adnan Gabeljic 90); Thomas Stewart (Gabe Gissie 85)
Subs Not Used: Dominik Jakubek, Derek Foran, Kaleemullah
Stats: Shots: 13, Shots on Goal: 8, Saves: 3, Fouls: 5, Corner Kicks: 9, Offside: 3.