Sacramento Republic FC scored the first goal at home, but could not tally again and settled for a 1-1 tie with San Antonio FC Saturday viewed by 11,569 fans at Papa Murphy’s Park.
Republic centerback Emrah Klimenta
surprised SAFC by making a run out of the back in the 19th minute and when captain Danny Barrera
fed him with a through ball, Klimenta knocked home his
second goal of the season. Barrera’s assist is his fourth. He came off in the 70th minute to be replaced by Harrison Heath
, who is on loan from Atlanta United FC and the son of Minnesota
United head coach Adrian Heath
. Akwafei Ajeakwa
equalized by running onto a ball from Kris Tyrpak
and staying on his feet long enough to score his third goal of the
season for SAFC in the 31st minute. After good second-half chances for both teams were not converted, the match ended in a 1-1 tie that ended Sacramento’s three-game winning streak.
San Antonio holds onto second place at 10-1-5 (35 points). Sacramento slipped a notch into fourth place at 7-6-4 (25 points). USL
Standings ROAD RANGERS TRIUMPH AGAIN.
The Swope Park Rangers defeated L.A. Galaxy II, 1-0, to run their unbeaten
streak to six games and take third place in the Western Conference.
Sporting Kansas City Academy graduate Nansel Selbol
scored two minutes after coming into the match as a sub to
decide the outcome. Christian Duke
played the ball wide for Tyler Pasher
, whose cross Selbol drilled into the bottom corner for the winner. Selbol twice threatened to score again,
but one shot came back off the crossbar and a save by Galaxy II keeper Eric Lopez
thwarted him in the final minutes.
SPR recorded its fourth shutout of the season with SKC loanee
in the nets and improved its record to 8-4-2 (26 points). Galaxy II is 14th at 3-10-2 (11 pts.). USL Leading
Scorers: G PLAYER TEAM
14 Romario Williams (Charleston)
12 Dane Kelly (Reno)
9 Brandon Allen (NY Red Bulls II)
8 Chandler Hoffman (Real Monarchs)
8 Djiby Fall (FC Cincinnati)
7 Seku Conneh (Bethlehem Steel)
ISLANDERS SCORE FOUR, BARELY WIN.
Harrisburg City posted back-to-back wins for the first time this season by hanging
on to beat Toronto FC II, 4-3, in a wild game at the Ontario Soccer Centre. Pedro Robeiro
started the seven-goal barrage by curving home a free kick midway through the first half
for the Islanders. TFC II tied the game five minutes later with its own set-play experise when Mitchell Taintor
volleyed in a free kick from Luca Uccello
, and the teams traded goals
again before halftime. Jake Bond
finished off a feed from Ribeiro, and Uccello added to his assist by scoring another equalizer from a Aikim Andrews
went in front yet again three minutes into the second half on an own goal by Brandon Aubrey
and finally they grabbed a two-goal lead with a goal by Paul Wilson
from a rebound. Andrews
scored with 16 minutes remaining to make it a one-goal game and that’s how it ended.
Harrisburg City (4-7-4, 16 pts.) won its second straight game after losing four in a row and is
in 12th place. TFC II is last at 2-9-5 (11 pts.). LOUISVILLE GETS BACK ON TRACK.
A 1-0 loss to the Islanders last weekend
was the first defeat for Louisville City FC in more than a month, but it got back to winning ways by beating Ottawa Fury FC, 2-1, at Slugger Field.
Backed by a crowd of 7,814, LCFC
started strong and took a 1-0 lead in the 14th minute. Brian Ownby
, who’d been denied by a good save from keeper Callum Irving
just three minutes earlier, ran down a ball
from Paolo DelPiccolo
following a midfield turnover and took it around Irving to score.
Six minutes later Ilija Ilic
hit a shot off the crossbar as LCFC pressed for a second
goal, which finally came in the 71st minute from substitute Luke Spencer
, 10 minutes after his entry. Ottawa got a late goal from Steeven Dos Santos
in the 87th minute and nearly tied it
even later, but a header by Sito Seoane
LCFC is second in the Eastern Conference at 8-2-4 (28 pts.). Ottawa is tied with Rochester for the final playoff spot in eighth
place at 5-5-5 (20 pts.).