Soccer matches are 90 minutes long. For Republic FC, a solid seven-minute stretch was the key to victory Sunday.
Goals by Jeremy Hall, Tyler Blackwood and Trevin Caesar were enough as Sacramento held on to beat LA Galaxy II 3-2 at StubHub Center in Carson.
Hall opened the scoring with a penalty kick in the 11th minute following a call of handball in the box.
Three minutes later, Tyler Blackwood put the visitors up 2-0, scoring on a cross from Agustin Cazarez.
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Trevin Caesar, coming off a hat trick in Republic FC’s last match, capped Sacramento’s scoring in the 18th, connecting on a back-heel pass.
Justin Dhillon and Adrian Vera scored for LA Galaxy II (3-9-2, 11 points), who are near the bottom of the USL Western Conference standings. Republic FC (7-6-3, 24) is third in the West.
Republic FC will be back at StubHub on Wednesday to face their USL rival’s parent club. Sacramento will play MLS side LA Galaxy in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup’s Round of 16.