RECAP: Republic FC Pick up Point on the Road After 0-0 Draw at OKC
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - Republic FC remains unbeaten in their last four matches and pick up a point in the hunt for a home playoff game following Sunday's 0-0 draw on the road to OKC Energy FC.
The result keeps Sacramento firmly in control of fifth place in the Western Conference with 44 points from 29 matches, only one point off the fourth and the final playoff-hosting spot.
Simon Elliott's men have now registered a dozen clean sheets in league play this season (T-4th in USL) and 14 in all competitions. This was goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth's third shutout with the club since joining from Minnesota United FC in August.
Though the Indomitable Club couldn't break the deadlock, the visitors produced a collection of goal scoring chances and outshot OKC 21 to 6.
The first opportunity came from defender Juan Barahona who fired an attempt on target but a diving save from Energy FC's Cody Laurendi prevented the boys in Old Glory Red from taking an early lead in the sixth minute. First half headers from Thomas Enevoldsen and Drew Skundrich were also denied by the OKC goalkeeper who finished the match with seven saves.
A left-footed effort from Villyan Bijev in the 63rd minute also couldn't beat the league leader in saves this season, leaving the game locked at nil-nil. By holding the hosts to a goose egg, the boys in Old Glory Red currently boasts the third-best defense in the Western Conference, having only surrendered 31 goals all season.
Republic FC will look to continue their push for a playoff-hosting seed when El Paso Locomotive FC visits Papa Murphy's Park on Saturday, September 28. Kickoff for Noche Latina Night is set for 7:30 p.m. PT.
Sacramento Republic FC 0-0 OKC Energy FC
USL Championship Match
Taft Stadium, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
September 22, 2019
Scoring Summary: None.
Misconduct Summary: OKC - Mekeil Williams (caution) 43; SAC - Ray Saari (caution) 89.
Sacramento Republic FC - Bobby Shuttleworth, Jordan McCrary, Matt Mahoney, Charalampos Chantzopoulos, Juan Barahona, Keven Aleman, Jaime Villarreal (Ray Saari 67), Drew Skundrich, Villyan Bijev, Thomas Enevoldsen, Stefano Bonomo (Sam Werner 77).
Subs Not Used: Rafael Diaz, Mitchell Taintor, Hayden Sargis, Hayden Partain, Mario Penagos.
Stats - Shots: 21, Shots on Goal: 7, Saves: 2, Fouls: 9, Corner Kicks: 10, Offsides: 1.
OKC Energy FC - Cody Laurendi; Christian Ibeagha, Atiba Harris, Mekeil Williams, Chris Duvall; Je-Vaugh Watson, Cordell Cato (Christian Eissele 76), Owayne Omar Gordon, Jonathan Brown, Callum Ross; Deshorn Brown
Subs Not Used: Ian McGrath, Derek Gebhard, Kyle Hyland, Bryan Byars.
Stats - Shots: 6, Shots on Goal: 2, Saves: 7, Fouls: 12, Corner Kicks: 3, Offsides: 1.
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Sacramento Republic FC midfielder Villyan Bijev vs. OKC Energy FC
Sacramento Republic FC midfielder Keven Aleman vs. OKC Energy FC
Sacramento Republic FC vs. OKC Energy FC
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