Courtesy: Sacramento Republic FC
Earthquakes Strike Late to Down Republic FC
Release: 02/20/2016
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Saturday, February 20, 2016

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – A late goal by Quincy Amarikwa lifted the San Jose Earthquakes to a 2-1 victory against Sacramento Republic FC on Saturday night in front of a Bonney Field-record crowd of 11,499 fans.

Republic FC had held the lead at the break after Mackenzie Pridham scored early, but Amarikwa scored twice after the break for the Earthquakes to earn his side victory. The winner came in the 87th minute as Amarikwa skied to head home a free kick by Kip Colvey from the left side of the penalty area.

Sacramento took the lead in the eighth minute as Max Alvarez sent in a flat cross that Pridham turned in from close range for Republic FC’s first goal of the preseason. San Jose tried to hit back quickly, but Marvel Wynne’s cross didn’t find a teammate in the penalty area a minute later.

Republic FC had a chance to extend its lead in the 18th minute when a good move began by Danny Barrera saw Pridham find Octavio Guzman making a run. His cross was directed toward Tommy Stewart, but the opportunity went astray.

Facing his former team, Republic FC goalkeeper Evan Newton wasn’t called into serious action much before the break, but had to save a deflected shot by Simon Dawkins just past the half-hour mark to keep his side ahead. Six minutes into the second half, though, Amarikwa leveled as he slid to turn in a cross from the right by former Republic FC loanee Tommy Thompson at the far post.

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Sacramento almost retook the lead four minutes later when Guzman’s low shot was saved by David Bingham, and the game then began to slow as both sides made changes throughout the final 20 minutes. Colvey, a 2016 MLS SuperDraft selection by the Quakes, was one of the players introduced, and his delivery with three minutes to go found Amarikwa for the decisive goal as the Quakes took victory against their USL partner.
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