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Republic FC match at a glance

Republic FC 2, OKC Energy FC 1

Adam Jahn got a head on Max Alvarez’s free kick to put it past OKC goalkeeper Samir Badr in the 16th minute. Two minutes later, defender Cyprian Hedrick’s own goal gave Republic FC a 2-0 lead. The goal was set up when Octavio Guzman sailed a ball into the left corner toward Justin Braun. He back-heeled the ball to Chad Bartlome, who dribbled along the goal line toward Badr before blasting a cross into the box toward Jahn that sailed past and hit Hedrick as his momentum carried him into the goal. Republic FC (13-6-3) extended its USL Pro home unbeaten streak to nine games and avenged two early-season 2-0 road losses to OKC (8-9-5).

Momentum changer – After OKC was mostly dominated by Republic FC, Kyle Greig’s goal under goalkeeper Jake Gleeson in the 74th minute gave Energy FC new life. But OKC couldn’t connect on a couple of dangerous free kicks after that.

Another sellout – Saturday’s announced attendance of 8,000 was the 12th sellout in 14 matches at Bonney Field and Hughes Stadium this season. The team continued to add to its USL Pro record attendance, now at 126,107.

Sidelined – Star midfielder Rodrigo Lopez sat out because of a right hamstring injury.

Up next - Republic FC visits Orange County Blues FC at 4 p.m. Aug. 17 in Irvine.

Bill Paterson

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