Republic FC’s three-game unbeaten streak came to an end on Saturday, as the club closed out a stretch of three games in eight days with a 0-2 loss to Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC on the road.
Arnold Lopez nearly found the opening score in the 14th minute. After a corner kick was headed away by a Switchbacks defender, the Venezuelan sent in a strong shot from outside the box. Another close chance came less than 10 minutes later as a Jack Gurr cross from the right fell right in front of goal only to be cleared away.
Despite the two early opportunities, the hosts would go up first in the 29th minute when Romario Williams sent a strike from the top of the half circle to the upper 90. Switchbacks would nearly double the lead minutes later as Republic FC goalkeeper Danny Vitiello’s blocked shot fell to Deshane Beckford inside the six yard box. Beckford managed to put a shot on frame, but a diving Vitiello deflected the attempt, allowing defender Jared Timmer to clear the ball off the line. Vitiello would end the match with eight saves.
Switches at halftime would bring new energy into the match. Conor Donovan, Nick Ross, and Keko elevated the play from the second-half whistle. Cristian Parano and Zeiko Lewis would join the push for the late equalizer. Sacramento challenged again in the 67th minute as Jack Gurr whipped in a free kick. Conor Donovan rose above the defense to head the ball back to Cristian Parano, and the Argentinian forward would volley in a shot on his first touch, but the shot was blocked and cleared away by the defense.
A Sacramento equalizer remained within reach with eight minutes of added time in the second half, but a bicycle kick by Switchbacks FC forward Jairo Henriquez would put the match out of reach. Mark Briggs Men remain on top of the Western Conference standings with three matches remaining in league play.
Republic FC returns to Heart Health Park next Sunday afternoon to host Las Vegas Lights FC on Youth Soccer Day. Prior to the match, hundreds of youth players will get the opportunity to participate in the annual Youth Soccer Parade and walk the same field where to pros play. Kickoff is set for 4:00 p.m. and tickets are still available at SacRepublicFC.com/tickets. The match will also be broadcast live in English & Spanish on Antenna TV 40.2, FOX40.com, and the FOX40 News mobile app, as well as streaming on ESPN+.
Sacramento Republic FC 0-2 Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC
Weidner Field, Colorado Springs, Colorado
September 23, 2023
Scoring Summary: SAC – None ; COS – Romario Williams (Devon Williams) 29’, Jairo Henriquez 90’+2
Misconduct Summary: SAC – Arnold Lopez (caution) 23’; COS – Tyreke Magee (caution) 45’+3, Bench (caution) 45+3’, Matt Mahoney (caution) 66’, Deshane Beckford (caution) 84’, Aaron Wheeler (caution) 90’+8
Sacramento Republic FC: Danny Vitiello, Lee Desmond (C), Shane Wiedt, Jared Timmer (Conor Donovan 45’), Damia Viader, Luis Felipe (Zeiko Lewis 83’), Arnold Lopez (Nick Ross 45’), Jack Gurr, Rodrigo Lopez (Keko Gontan 45’), Russell Cicerone, Sebastian Herrera (Cristian Parano 63’)
Unused substitutes: Carlos Saldaña, Aldair Sanchez
Stats – Shots: 17, Shots on Goal: 1, Saves: 8, Fouls: 4, Corner Kicks: 5, Offsides: 1
Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC: Christian Herrera, Duke Lacroix, James Musa, Matt Mahoney (C), Drew Skundrich, Jay Champan, Devon Williams, Maalique Foster (Juan Tejada 62’), Tyreek Magee (Jairo Henriquez 62’), Deshane Beckford (Jonas Fjeldberg 84’), Romario Williams (Aaron Wheeler 90’+1)
Unused Substitutes: Jason Dubrovich, Delentz Pierre, Marco Rios
Stats – Shots: 19, Shots on Goal: 10, Saves: 2, Fouls: 11, Corner Kicks: 8, Offsides: 0