Republic FC’s unbeaten streak ends with home loss to Reno

FILE - Republic FC fans hold up a banner.
FILE - Republic FC fans hold up a banner. The Sacramento Bee

Republic FC’s stretch of seven straight USL matches without a loss came to an end Saturday night at the hands of Reno 1868 FC.

Playing host at Papa Murphy’s Park, Sacramento fell 2-1. The team is 1-2 against Reno this season, not including a 3-3 tie in a March preseason friendly.

Republic FC struck early with a 15th-minute goal by Hayden Partain, but Reno knotted the score just two minutes later off a Dane Kelly goal. Both were headers.

A Chris Wehan free kick past goalkeeper Evan Newton in the 22nd minute gave Reno a 2-1 advantage that the visitors held for the rest of the match.

A win would have propelled Republic FC past Reno to take the No. 4 spot in the Western Conference standings. The top four spots host USL first-round playoff matches. Instead, Sacramento stayed in the No. 5 spot.

Sacramento has a quick turnaround, hosting the Swope Park Rangers at 8 p.m. Wednesday.