Sacramento Republic FC and Reno 1868 FC traded chances early in tonight’s Cal-Neva rivalry. Republic FC earned a corner kick in the opening moments of the match that Danny Barrera hit into the box with his left foot. Sammy Ochoa and Chris Christian both had chances on the ball and the latter won the header and sent it towards goal, only to have it blocked away by the defense.
Reno almost capitalized on a defensive miscue in the 5th minute but Republic FC defender Jeremy Hall was able to clear a shot off of the goal line. Seconds later, keeper Evan Newton recovered to his spot and was in good position to make a diving save on a rebound shot attempt.
Republic FC was handed a golden opportunity in the 11th minute when Trevin Caesar ran onto a through ball, after a tussle with a Reno defender, that left him with open space. Caesar faked a shot and pulled the ball across the oncoming defender and tried to slot his shot inside the far post. Caesar’s shot beat Reno keeper Russell Klabough, but pushed it just wide of the post.
Harry Williams and Caesar were able to link up in the 41st minute to produce the opening goal. Caesar found space in the middle of the pitch and sent a perfectly timed through ball between two defenders. Williams timed his run and ran onto the ball as Klabough rushed off of his line. Williams wasted no time in blasting a shot that snuck just under the crossbar for the 1-0 lead, which Republic FC carried into halftime.
Caesar put his name on the score sheet in the 59th minute when he used a Tyler Blackwood through ball to get past the defense. Caesar took the ball and poked it around the defender and used his speed to run past him. The move was successful and Caesar was able to beat Klabough with his strike to put Republic FC up 2-0. That score line would hold all the way through the final whistle, allowing Republic FC to move on to the next round of the 2017 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.
“We’re on a run,“ said Republic FC Head Coach and Technical Director Paul Buckle. “We moved the ball well and we snuffed out everything they had. I thought it was a totally complete performance.“
Republic FC will host MLS side Real Salt Lake in the Fourth Round of the U.S. Open Cup on Wednesday, Jun. 14. Kickoff is 8 p.m. at Papa Murphy’s Park. Tickets go on sale Friday, Jun. 2 at 10 a.m. on Ticketmaster.com.
Scoring Summary: SRFC – Harry Williams (Trevin Caesar) 41, Trevin Caesar (Tyler Blackwood) 59
Misconduct Summary: RNO - Junior Burgos (caution) 30, Matt LaGrassa (caution) 66, Chris Wehan (caution) 72, Anibal Echeverria (caution) 90; SRFC – Sammy Ochoa (caution) 37
Reno 1868 FC – Russell Klabough; Brenton Griffiths, Jordan Murrell (Seth Casiple 77), Jimmy Ockford, Brent Richards (Cameron Vickers 65); Luis Felipe, Antoine Hoppenot, Matt LaGrassa, Junior Burgos, Chris Wehan; Dembakwi Yomba (Anibal Echeverria 62).
Subs Not Used: Matt Bersano; Dane Kelly, Lindo Mfeka, Matheus Silva.
Stats: Shots: 10, Shots on Goal: 4, Saves: 6, Fouls: 13, Corner Kicks: 5, Offside: 2.
Sacramento Republic FC – Evan Newton; Elliott Hord, Chris Christian, Jeremy Hall, James Kiffe; Agustin Cazarez, Danny Barrera, Harry Williams (Adam Moffat 84), Tyler Blackwood; Trevin Caesar (Wilson Kneeshaw 74), Sammy Ochoa (Christian Chaney 90).
Subs Not Used: Dominik Jakubek; Julius James, Gabe Gissie, Lamin Suma.
Stats: Shots: 14, Shots on Goal: 8, Saves: 4, Fouls: 15, Corner Kicks: 5, Offside: 0.