RICHMOND, Va. — Sacramento Republic FC took an early lead on Saturday — thanks to a goal from Adam Jahn, from El Macero, who is on loan from the San Jose Earthquakes — but host Richmond kicked back with two goals by substitute forward Matthew Delicâte to clinch a 2-1 victory.
Jahn’s goal was his third this season in USL Pro competition, but it wasn’t enough to keep Sacramento from falling to 9-6-2. Jahn prepped at Jesuit and played at Stanford before being drafted by San Jose before last season.
On Saturday, Republic FC sped out of the gate, controlling possession and finding holes in the Kickers defense. Its first strong chance at a goal came in just the second minute when defender George Fochive streaked down the right side of the field and crossed the ball in toward Jahn. The ball was well-played, but saved by Richmond goalkeeper Joe Willis.
Still, the half ended in a scoreless tie and neither team broke through until the 64th minute. That’s when Sacramento midfielder Rodrigo Lopez crossed the ball from the top left corner of the box toward the far post, where Jahn was waiting to easily head it in a goal.
However, the Kickers (9-1-8) found an equalizer in the 66th minute, then Delicâte struck again in the 78th to give his side the win.
“We are conceding soft goals and that is killing us. We were the better team, possessing the ball for most of the match, but we are making it hard for ourselves to win the match.” said Republic forward Thomas Stewart, who nearly set up an equalizer in extra time. “It is important that we play the next game quickly as we want to get back to our win streak.”
Sacramento is back on the pitch Monday for a 4 p.m. game against the Charlotte Eagles.