Sacramento Republic FC ended their 2 game home winless streak with a dominating win over the visiting Seattle Sounders 2. San Jose Earthquakes loan player Tommy Thompson scored both of the night's goals, notching his first brace as a professional.
The game started off without much significant danger from either team. The visitors were able to get behind the Republic defense a few times on the wings, similar to this chance for S2's Victor Mansaray.
However, much like on Mansaray's play, the visitors were unable to create any particularly dangerous opportunities.
The first substantial chance of the game came in the 31st minute when Cameron Iwasa earned a penalty after he was taken down by Michael Nelson just inside the box.
Iwasa initially stepped up to take the kick, but due to a decision on the bench, Tommy Thompson ended up being the one to step up to the spot.
Thompson's initial attempt was saved by Charlie Lyon, but Thompson pounced on the rebound to make it 1-0 for the home team. Harry Williams was also quick to react on the play and he was right there to put in the rebound if Thompson was unable to follow up.
Sacramento Republic FC: 1 goal, 0 assists, 8 fouls, 5 corners, 0 offside, 1 save, 6 shots, 3 shots on goal.
Seattle Sounders 2: 0 goals, 0 assists, 4 fouls, 1 corners, 1 offside, 2 saves, 7 shots, 1 shot on goal
The second half got off to a roaring start for the Republic when Tommy Thompson added his second goal of the night just two minutes in.
Thompson picked up the ball after the referee played advantage on a foul on JJ Koval. He then went on a fantastic run, running through two S2 players before firing a finish past Lyon to notch a brace and put the game away for the Republic.
The rest of the match was played with the Republic in control and trying to defend their lead.
The best chance for S2 came in theh 65th minute when Darwin Jones got in behind the Republic defense and got in one-on-one with Dominik Jakubek. Jakubek denied Jones, coming out quickly and saving the S2 forward's driven shot with his face.
With tonight's win the Republic move up to fourth place in Western Conference with 13 points in 8 games. Next up for the team is a US Open Cup game against CD Aguiluchos USA on Wednesday. The next league game is not until May 28th when Swope Park Rangers come to Bonney Field.
Republi Lineup and Final Stats
Starting XI: Dominik Jakubek; James Kiffe, Chris Christian, Derek Foran, Emrah Klimenta; Cameron Iwasa, JJ Koval, Octavio Guzman, Tommy Thompson; Adam Jahn, Harry Williams.
Subs: , Agustin Cazarez (in 68), Thomas Stewart (in 72), Danny Barrera (in 84), Alfonso Motagalvan (in 90), Mackenzie Pridham (in 90), Evan Newton, Max Alvarez.
Final Stats: 2 goals, 0 assists, 13 fouls, 12 corners, 1 offside, 5 save, 16 shots, 4 shots on goal