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Match Recap: Sacramento Republic 3-2 LA Galaxy II

Republic hold off comeback attempt and ride first half goal blitz to three points over Los Dos.

Alex Leguizamo

Sacramento Republic FC continued its slog through a busy recent schedule on Sunday with trip to face off against its old friends LA Galaxy II at Papa Murphy’s Park South StubHub Track and Field Stadium.

Republic’s starting lineup was a solid one despite the game being the team’s fifth in 15 days.

The first half started extremely well for Republic, much like the team’s midweek win over Rio Grande Valley FC.

Los Dos handed Republic a good chance to take the lead, giving the Quails a penalty in just the 10th minute. Jeremy Hall was happy to oblige them and sunk the penalty to give Republic the lead.

Republic’s resident children’s book author, Tyler Blackwood, doubled the team’s lead just a few minutes later.

Not one to be kept out of the scoring fun, Trevin Caesar notched a goal of his own to extend Republic lead further.

Evan Newton came up huge to block a penalty in the 20th minute.

Paul Buckle took advantage of Republic’s three goal lead by making a pair of substitutions at halftime. He brought in Gabe Gissie and Christian Chaney in for Wilson Kneeshaw and Caesar at forward.

Galaxy II scored on the break early on in the second half to end the Republic’s chances at a shut out victory.

Buckle subbed out Republic captain Danny Barrera in the 63rd minute, bringing on Daniel Trickett-Smith.

Los Dos scored once again a few minutes after Barrera went off to cut the Republic’s lead to one.

Republic fans were less than pleased with the resurgent Galaxy and the shrinking lead.

Despite the nail biting nature of the Los Dos’ nearly completed second half comeback, the Republic defense was able to hold out and come away with a 3-2 win and three points. The win is Republic’s third straight in USL play. The team is now 8-6-3 on the season with 27 points, putting the Quails in third place in the Western Conference.

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