In one of the more exciting first halves of the season, Republic FC tallied the first goal of the half in the 7th minute. The score came from Thomas Stewart as he notched his team-leading third goal of the season. Harrison Delbridge sent a lofted through ball into the attacking third that found Stewart’s chest, who then controlled the ball to his right foot and sent a one-touch chip shot from outside of the box over the Galaxy II keeper Cody Laurendi.
The excitement did not stop there as Galaxy II equalized in the 16th minute. After two spectacular saves in succession from Republic FC keeper Jake Gleeson in the 9th minute, Galaxy II found a scoring opportunity. Defenseman Kyle Venter headed a cross from Rafael Garcia into the goal past a fully stretched save attempt from Gleeson. The two teams shared a few chances in the rest of the half that ultimately ended with 1-1 score.
Shortly after the halftime break, Galaxy II midfielder Rafael Garcia fouled Republic FC midfielder Ivan Mirković causing a both sides to exchange unfriendly words. Garcia was ultimately sent off in the 51st minute giving Republic FC the one-man advantage.
Republic FC would capitalize on the one-man advantage in the 67th minute when Galaxy II defenseman Bradley Diallo committed a foul, resulting in a free kick less than a yard outside of the box. Republic FC’s Rodrigo Lopez stepped up and curled a right-footed strike around a 6-man defenseive wall and past a diving attempt from Laurendi. The free kick goal was Lopez’s second goal for Republic FC.
Galaxy II had a few exciting chances in the waning moments of the match including a corner kick four minutes into stoppage time but were unable to find an equalizer.
“Important win for us,” said Republic FC Head Coach Preki after the match. “We always try to play the same way, the right way, creating opportunities and opening spaces so we can be effective. We always believe if we stick to our plan, more often than not it will work in our favor.”
“Everything we work for is a fun product, and that product is ultimately a win,” said Republic FC forward Thomas Stewart “Everything is tough and hard but it is all for a purpose.”
With the win, Republic FC moves to 4-3-1 in USL PRO play. The club will travel to Rochester to take on the Rhinos on Friday, May 23. The match is scheduled to kickoff at 4:35 p.m. (PT) at Sahlen’s Stadium in Rochester, New York.
Scoring Summary: SRFC – Thomas Stewart (Harrison Delbridge) 7, Rodrigo Lopez 67; LA – Kyle Venter (Rafael Garcia) 16
Misconduct Summary: LA – Travis Bowen (caution) 25, Rafael Garcia (ejection) 51, Bradley Diallo (caution) 67; SRFC - Mickey Daly (caution) 87
Sacramento Republic FC – Jake Gleeson (Dominik Jakubek 45); Emrah Klimenta, Mickey Daly, Harrison Delbridge, Nemanja Vuković; Carlos Martinez, Ivan Mirković, George Fochive, Rodrigo Lopez; Thomas Stewart, Justin Braun (Dakota Collins 64).
LA Galaxy II – Cody Laurendi; Eder Arreola (Logan Emory 61), Bradley Diallo, Oscar Sorto (Daniel Steres 65), Kyle Venter; Rafael Garcia, Andre Auras, Alejandro Covarrubias; Laurent Courtois (Alexander Đjoković 76), Travis Bowen, Charlie Rugg (Jack McBean 76)