SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Reno 1868 FC fell to Sacramento Republic FC tonight, despite a strong showing from new keeper Ben Beaury. After keeping Sacramento from scoring for 90 minutes, a penalty in stoppage time gave Sacramento the game’s lone goal.
“Tough to lose late in the game like that, especially after battling for 90 minutes,” said head coach Ian Russell. “We didn’t create enough chances, but I didn’t feel like they were going to score either.
Reno earned a pair of good opportunities in the second half, including a header in the box from Foster Langsdorf that went just off target.
Beaury racked up six total saves through 90 minutes of play, tied for the fourth most in a single game in club history.
The 1-0 loss puts Reno at third in Group A with three points, behind Tacoma Defiance (four points) and Sacramento Republic FC (five points).
Midifielder Emilio Ycaza made his professional debut tonight, starting for Reno. Also making professional debuts were defender Younes Boudadi and forward Benji Kikanovic.
Reno will be back in action soon enough, with the second of four-straight road games to restart the season coming from Tacoma Defiance on Thursday at 7:00 p.m. PT.
Lineup: Ben Beaury, Brent Richards©, Thomas Janjigian, Tony Alfaro, Sam Gleadle, Emilio Ycaza (Aidan Apodaca 90+3’), Kevin Partida (Benjamin Kikanovic 68’), Mouhamed Dabo, Christiano François (Younes Boudadi 56’), Corey Hertzog, Foster Langsdorf (Sergio Rivas 56’)
Unused Subs: Tucker Bone, Sebastian Mora, Ayrton Statie