After two straight losses at Bonney Field, a win at home is exactly what we have been waiting to see and with the return of Tommy Thompson the Republic delivered just that. Now the team looks to be in very good form heading into their bye week. Despite two multi-goal games, what remains most impressive about Sacramento is their strong defense. Don't believe me? Check the numbers.
5 - Shutouts by Dominik Jakubek this season.
7 - Teams that only recorded 5 or fewer shutouts in the 2015 season.
13 - Record number of shutouts in a single USL season. Set by Brandon Miller with the 2015 Rochester Rhinos.
18.75 - Number of shutouts Jakubek is on pace to record this season.
0.38 - Goals allowed per game by Sacramento this season.
0.54 - Record number of goals allowed per game in a single USL season. Set by the 2015 Rochester Rhinos.
5 - Different players who have scored for Sacramento this season.
2 - Number of goals that the Republic's leading scorer, Tommy Thompson, has scored this season.
22 - Games at Bonney Field in which Sacramento had failed to score between 46th and 60th minutes before Tommy Thompson's goal in the 47th minute.
8 - Goals that Republic had allowed between the 46th and 60th minutes in that same span of games.
15 - Consecutive games Sacramento has allowed one or fewer goals.
0 - Games that Sacramento's next USL opponent, Swope Park Rangers, has recorded a shutout.
7 - USL teams that allow less than one goal per game on average.
1 - Sacramento's rank among USL teams in goals allowed per game.
25 - Sacramento's rank among USL teams in goals scored per game.
9 - Sacramento's rank among USL teams in average goal differential per game.
With what looks like the beginning of the stabilization of the Sacramento offense, and the defense holding strong, what are your thoughts about what the numbers are saying?