Saturday night's game between the Sacramento Republic F.C. and the visiting Orange County Blues F.C. was held in front of a rabid near capacity crowd inside the confines of Hughes Stadium. T'was a mild and breezy evening that grew a bit chilly as the sun went down. There's no love lost between these two teams as the last meeting between them was decided by a red card and a penalty kick. Sacramento was looking to avenge that 2-1 loss back on April 12th and win their first game out home.
Sacramento opened the game by attacking the Blues defense and made over a half dozen shot-on-goals. Orange County counter this by boxing in the Republic and perplexing them in the process. Despite the complex defense that the Blues laid out, Sacramento was finally able to find a weakness in O.C.'s scheme. Forward Thomas Stewart found a seam in the defense and scored an unassisted breakaway goal in the 42nd minute giving the Republic a 1-0 lead that they would take into the half.
Orange County opened up the second half by quickly scoring a goal in the 48th minute by midfielder Allan Russell. The Republic continued to pressure the Blues but they were leaving themselves open to potential breakaway shot-on-goal attempts. As the second half continued to count away, both teams continued to stiffen up on defense neither giving up an inch. Sacramento was able break the 1-1 tie with a goal in the 70th minute by Adam Jahn. Orange County refused to go down without a fight and continued to press on and nearly scored on several attempts but it was all for naught. The Republic was able to hold on for their first home win of the 2014 season.
After the game, Coach Preki talked about how great it was to finally get the team's first home win of the season. He also spoke about how his team felt like they could defeat the Blues and how proud they were that they were able to comeback from the game tying goal that was scored by the Blues in the beginning of the second half. Sacramento improves their record to 3-3-1 whilst the Blues fall to 2-5-0. The Republic will play their next game at home on May 17th against the L.A. Galaxy II. Tickets for that game can be purchased at http://www.ticketmaster.com/sacramento-republic-fc-v-los-angeles-sacrame... or visit http://www.sacrepublicfc.com for more details.