Match Report: LA Galaxy II unable to find a result against Sacramento Republic FC

LA Galaxy II (10-16-7, 37 points) fell 1-2 to Sacramento Republic FC (18-7-8, 62 points) at homeSaturday night.

Los Dos fell behind early in the first half, taking on 2-0 deficit during a span of eight minutes. On the first, Keven Aleman was able to beat out a few Los Dos defenders to strike a curling shot from the center of the box in to the top left corner. In the 21st minute, Keven Aleman was able to find the back of Eric Lopez’s net for a second time.

But LA Galaxy II responded only three minutes later, with the help from Los Dos’ leading goal-scorer, Frank Lopez. Nate Shultz gifted Frank Lopez with a perfectly looping ball into the box, which he expertly headed past Sacramento Republic’s keeper. With this goal, LA Galaxy II cut Sacramento’s lead in half.

Los Dos entered the second half trailing by one, and struggled to convert opportunities against Sacramento in the remaining 45. Although the Galaxy were unable to find a goal, they earned a second half shut out thanks to Eric Lopez. In the 67th minute, a penalty kick was awarded to Sacramento Republic after Andre Zanga fouled Jure Matjasic in the box. Sacramento’s Jeremy Hall shot the penalty low and hard to the right corner, but Eric Lopez read the penalty well and came up with the save.

In the 74th minute, Sacramento went down to 10 men after Cole Seiler received his second yellow of the evening for a bad foul. Emmanuel Appiah took the free kick for the Galaxy, which resulted in one of their best opportunities of the second half. Appiah hammered his shot around Sacramento’s wall on goal, but Josh Cohen was able to make the diving save.

Next up, LA Galaxy II are on the road for their final game of the season against Swope Park Rangers (14-11-8, 50 points) at 2 p.m. PT on Sunday, Oct. 14 at Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City, Mo.

Scoring Summary:
SAC – Keven Aleman 13’ (Assisted by Jure Matjasic)
SAC – Keven Aleman 21’ (Assisted by Jure Matjasic)
LA – Frank Lopez 24’ (Assisted by Nate Shultz)

Misconduct Summary

LA – Adrian Vera 45+1’
SAC – Josh Turnley 51’
SAC – Cole Seiler 62’
LA – Frank Lopez 71’
SAC – Cole Seiler 74’ (Red Card – Second Yellow)

Lineups:

LA Galaxy II: Eric Lopez; Diedie Traore, Hugo Arellano, Jean Engola, Andre Zanga (Julian Araujo 77’); Nate Shultz, Emmanuel Appiah, Geoffrey Acheampong (Justin Dhillon 70’), Adrian Vera; Frank Lopez, Ethan Zubak (c)

Substitutions not used: Carlos Zuniga, Justin Fiddes, Jonathan Hernandez

TOTAL SHOTS: 14; SHOTS ON GOAL: 5; FOULS: 15; OFFSIDE: 1; CORNER KICKS: 5; SAVES: 4.

Sacramento Republic FC: Josh Cohen; Shannon Gomez, Emrah Klimenta, Mitchell Taintor (Villyan Bijev 51’); Josh Turnley (c) (Elliot Hord 74’), Jeremy Hall, Hayden Partain, Cameron Iwasa, Jure Matjasic (Wilson Kneeshaw 90+2’), Keven Aleman; Cole Seiler

Substitutions not used: Rafael Diaz, Christian Eissele, Luis Espino Vazquez, Carlos Rodriguez

TOTAL SHOTS: 12; SHOTS ON GOAL: 6; FOULS: 11; OFFSIDE: 4; CORNER KICKS: 4; SAVES: 4.

Referee: Malik Badawi
Attendance: 1,241

NOTES:

  • LA Galaxy II (10-16-7, 37 points) fell 1-2 to Sacramento Republic FC (18-7-8, 62 points) at home Saturday night.
  • Frank Lopez has now scored 13 goals in 26 appearances for LA Galaxy II.
  • Lopez leads LA Galaxy II in goals scored this season (13).
  • Diedie Traore leads LA Galaxy II in assists this season (5).
  • LA Galaxy II finished the 2017 season with a 4-8-4 home record and a 4-11-1 away record.
  • Next up, LA Galaxy II hit the road to face Swope Park Rangers (14-11-8, 50 points) in their last game of the season at 2 p.m. PT on Sunday, Oct. 14 at Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City, Mo.
  • For more information, visit www.lagalaxy.com/2.
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