Republic FC extended its USL Pro unbeaten streak to nine matches Saturday night with a 0-0 draw against host Wilmington (N.C.) Hammerheads FC, the team reported.
Playoff-bound Republic FC (16-6-4, 52 points) remained in second place, three points behind Orlando City SC and two ahead of the Richmond Kickers, who tied Orange County Blues FC 1-1.
Republic FC started strongly, pressuring the Wilmington defense and creating opportunities. In the 36th minute, Republic FC’s Chad Bartlome settled the ball in the middle of the box and rocketed a shot that went just over the bar. In the 40th minute, Max Alvarez was fouled in the middle of the field, setting up a long free kick. Alvarez sent a line drive shot toward the upper right corner of the goal, but goalkeeper Brad Stuver made the save.
Wilmington (8-7-10) seemed to receive a spark off the bench in the second half and pressured Republic FC’s defense for the final 15 minutes, but goalkeeper Jake Gleeson was up to the task and recorded his fifth shutout.
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• The Earthquakes and Real Salt Lake played to a 1-1 Major League Soccer tie in Santa Clara.
Sam Cronin opened the scoring for San Jose (6-10-8) in the 14th minute with a left-footed strike into the far-left corner of the goal after a defensive miscue by Real Salt Lake (11-5-10).
Javier Morales evened the score in the 36th minute on a penalty kick after Earthquakes defender Jason Hernandez tripped Joao Plata inside the penalty area.
UC Davis runners top Sac State in Aggie Open
The UC Davis men and women beat Sacramento State in the Aggie Open cross country meet at Putah Creek Reserve Course, UCD reported.
The Aggies’ Christine Hoffman won the women’s 4-kilometer race in 14 minutes, 17 seconds. The Hornets’ Chloe Berlioux placed second in 14:24.
UC Davis senior Trevor Halsted, running unattached, won the men’s 6-kilometer race in 18:46, with Sac State’s Jacob Huston second in 18:56.
Sac State earns split
at volleyball tournament
• Morgan Stanley had a career-high 24 kills to lead the Sac State women’s volleyball team to a 3-1 (25-27, 25-21, 25-23, 25-19) victory over Charlotte in the Charlotte (N.C.) Invitational, the school reported.
Earlier, the Hornets lost 3-1 (22-25, 25-23, 23-25, 23-25) to Morgan State. They finished the season-opening tournament 2-2.
• UC Davis went 0-3 at the season-opening Rice Invitational in Houston after losing to Fresno State in five sets and Louisiana-Lafayette in four sets, UCD reported.
The Aggies’ Kaylin Squyres tied her career high of 24 kills against Fresno State, which won 19-25, 25-21, 28-26, 22-25, 15-11. Squyres then had 23 kills against Louisiana-Lafayette, which won 25-20, 20-25, 25-18, 25-21.
Two share lead in
State Fair Amateur golf
Corey Pereira of Cameron Park and K.K. Limbhasut of Loma Linda shot 7-under 65s to share the first-round lead in the California State Fair Amateur Golf Championship at Haggin Oaks’ Alister MacKenzie Course, the tournament reported.
Bee Sports staff,
The Associated Press