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How Republic FC took loss but still earned huge victory on same day

Republic FC defender Chris Christian leaps over Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC midfielder Luke Vercollone while battling for the ball in the first half at Weidner Field. Sacramento lost the road game 1-0.
Republic FC defender Chris Christian leaps over Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC midfielder Luke Vercollone while battling for the ball in the first half at Weidner Field. Sacramento lost the road game 1-0. Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC

For the fourth time in five matches Saturday, Republic FC left the field with a loss.

Despite another unfavorable result, Sacramento later received a huge victory.

Republic FC, who fell 1-0 Saturday to host Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC, clinched their fourth consecutive USL playoff appearance about an hour later, when Orange County SC was beaten 4-1 by visiting Reno 1868 FC.

Kevaughn Frater collected a cross from Josh Suggs in the box and blasted a shot into the lower-left corner past a flatfooted Evan Newton in the 36th minute for the game’s only score and a much-needed victory for Switchbacks FC, who are also trying to earn a Western Conference playoff berth. Colorado Springs is 11-12-8 (41 points), two points behind eighth-place OKC Energy FC (12-11-7, 43), who hosts Swope Park Rangers on Sunday.

Republic FC (13-12-6, 45) can finish anywhere between sixth and eighth place in the standings. Regardless, they’ve made it to the postseason in each of their four USL seasons, including a championship in its inaugural year. Sacramento ends its regular season next Saturday in Reno.

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