Goalkeeper Dominik Jakubek made a big save in the 54th minute to help Republic FC to a 0-0 draw at the Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 on Sunday, extending Sacramento’s USL season-opening scoreless streak to three games.
Jakubek came off his line to stop Daniel Haber’s point-blank shot from just beyond the right side of the box after the Vancouver forward was left uncovered in a rare miscue by the otherwise stellar Sacramento back line of Emrah Klimenta, Derek Foran, Chris Christian and James Kiffe.
Sacramento (2-0-1) is the only team in the 29-member USL that has yet to allow a goal this season. The scoreless draw also extended Republic FC’s regular-season league scoreless streak to six matches and 564 minutes dating to last season.
Goalkeeper Sean Melvin also produced a save to keep Vancouver (2-0-1) unbeaten. He made a diving stop to his left on Cameron Iwasa’s near-post volley in the box in the 83rd minute from a cross by Max Alvarez.
Both teams had goals nullified on close offside calls in the first half.
In the 43rd minute, Sacramento’s Thomas Stewart tapped a deflection off the foot of teammate JJ Koval past Melvin from five yards out as the flag was raised.
In the 12th minute, Haber collected a well-placed pass from 15-year-old Alphonso Davies after slipping behind Sacramento’s defense. Haber slotted a left-footed shot past Jakubek into the net, only to grab his head in frustration when he learned it didn’t count.
Tempers flared briefly, and players from the two sides had to be separted in the 57th minute when Vancouver’s Will Seymore took out the ankle of Alfonso Motagalvan with a bone-crunching trackle. Seymore received a yellow card. Motagalvan, down for several minutes, remained in the game.
The draw puts Sacramento into a four-way tie for second place in the Western Conference with Vancouver, the Swope Park Rangers and the Real Monarchs SLC. Republic FC trails the league-leading Los Angeles Galaxy II by one point.
Sacramento will play at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Portland Timbers 2.