El Macero product Adam Jahn tallied first for Sacramento Republic FC and an own goal by the Oklahoma City Energy FC — forced by Jahn’s pressure — was the difference in the locals’ 2-1 victory in amatch that ended late Saturday at Bonney Field.
In front of another sellout crowd of 8,000 fans, the Republic’s two goals came within three minutes of each other, early in the first half. In the 16th minute, midfielder Max Alvarez sent a free kick into the box and Jahn ducked down to nudge a header through the entire defense and past a stationary Energy FC keeper Samir Badr.
Sacramento (13-6-3) doubled its lead just a couple of minutes later when defender Chad Bartlomé took two touches down the end line and sent a ball across the face of goal. The ball was deflected toward the net by an onrushing Jahn, forcing Oklahoma City defender Cyprian Hedrick to try to clear the ball. However, Hedrick ended up sending the ball into the back of the net for an own goal.
That was the score through halftime, but Energy FC (8-9-5) cut the advantage to 2-1 on Kyle Greig’s goal in the 74th minute.
From there, however, the Republic FC defense held tough to clinch Sacramento’s seventh home win of the season.
“For most of the game I thought we dominated,” said Republic coach Preki. “Sometimes the ball doesn’t bounce our way but I thought it could have easily been three or four for us. But that’s football. We are really happy with the three points and I’m proud of our guys.”
With those three points, Sacramento is now in third place in the USL PRO standings. Its next match is set for Sunday (4 p.m.) at Orange County.