Late wonder goal undoes Republic FC's second-half comeback
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - New Mexico United's Daniel Bruce struck with a minute left in the match to give his side a 2-1 win over Sacramento Republic FC in their first visit to Papa Murphy's Park.
Christopher Wehan put the visitors ahead early after driving into the Republic FC box and unleashing a right-footed curler past an outstretched Rafael Diaz to make it 1-0 with 10 minutes played.
Republic FC responded in the second half with a curling effort of their own. Sam Werner collected a ball out wide and dribbled into the 18-yard before firing off a beautiful left-footed shot into the side net to equalize with a quarter-hour remaining.
Diaz made several big stops throughout the night, including a diving save on a New Mexico United counter attack in the 81st minute, but was ultimately unable to prevent Republic FC from falling to the expansion side.
With a minute left in the match, Bruce stepped up and volleyed a loose ball from 30-yards out that arched perfectly over a diving Diaz and into the net. The wonder goal would prove the game-winner that gave New Mexico all three points in their first visit to Sacramento.
Republic FC remain above the playoff line with the loss and will look to bounce back when they face Orange County SC this Saturday on the road in what will be the club's third game in 8 days.
Sacramento Republic FC 1-2 New Mexico United
USL Championship Match
Papa Murphy's Park, Calif.
July 24, 2019 - Attendance: 10,523
Scoring Summary: NM - Christopher Wehan (Juan Guzman) 10; Sam Werner (Stefano Bonomo) 75.
Misconduct Summary: NM - Santi Moar (caution) 36, Devon Sandoval 44; SAC - Cameron Iwasa 53, Mitchell Taintor (caution) 66.
Sacramento Republic FC - Rafael Diaz, Jordan McCrary (Juan Barahona 60), Dekel Keinan, Mitchell Taintor, Shannon Gomez, Ray Saari (Jaime Villarreal 85), Hayden Partain, Drew Skundrich (Stefano Bonomo 46), Sam Werner, Villyan Bijev, Cameron Iwasa.
Subs Not Used: Diego Ramos, Matt Mahoney, Elliott Hord, Tyler Blackwood.
Stats - Shots: 17, Shots on Goal: 3, Saves: 4, Fouls: 18, Corner Kicks: 8, Offsides: 0.
New Mexico United - Cody Mizell, Josh Suggs, Rashid Tetteh, Justin Schmidt, Manny Padilla, Juan Guzman (Toni Soler 84), Santi Moar (Austin Yearwood 83), Saalih Muhammad, Ken Akamatsu (Daniel Bruce 67), Devon Sandoval, Christopher Wehan.
Subs Not Used: Benjamin Beaury, Ryan Williams, David Estrada, Tommy Madden.
Stats - Shots: 14, Shots on Goal: 6, Saves: 2, Fouls: 17, Corner Kicks: 4, Offsides: 1.
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Sacramento Republic FC with possession against New Mexico United
Sacramento Republic FC races to the ball against New Mexico United
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