USL Rewind: Western rivals battle to tie

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 2017:
Scoreboard | 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 Adrian Zendejas 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:
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)
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 assist.

The Islanders 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 went wide.

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.).
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