REAL MONARCHS SLC SUFFER 3-0 LOSS AT RENO 1868 FC
GK Jake Leeker Saves League-Leading Third Penalty of 2018;
Monarchs Return to League Play Saturday in High-Profile Clash at
Sacramento Republic FC
RENO, Nevada (Tuesday, July 3, 2018) – Real Monarchs SLC (12-4-1, 37 points, 1 West) fell at the hands of Reno 1868 FC 3-0 on Tuesday night in front of 5,125 fans at Greater Nevada Field. The loss was just the fourth of the season for the club and the first time it has fallen to second-year side Reno.
Reno saw the majority of possession in the first half while also generating the bulk of the chances. The home side eventually found the breakthrough in the 32nd minute when Luis Felipe tucked the ball away from inside the six-yard box to break the deadlock. For the Monarchs the intensity increased after going down as it looked to level the score before the interval when MF Charlie Adams unleashed a shot from outside the box that ultimately sailed high and wide.
The second half saw an offensive onslaught from Reno as forward Brian Brown notched two goals in the half to bury the Monarchs. Brown could’ve had a hat trick if not for GK Jake Leeker’s league-leading third penalty kick stop of the season to keep the scoreline at 3-0. The Monarchs have now saved or deterred 11 penalties in its last 13 faced since the beginning of the 2017 season.
UP NEXT: The Monarchs will now turn attention to a top of the table bout with Western Conference rival Sacramento Republic FC on Saturday, July 7th. Kick off from Papa Murphy’s Park in Sacramento is set for 9:00 p.m. MT.
RNO: Luis Felipe (Brent Richards), 32nd minute: A corner kick driven into the back post was popped back up into the center of the box that found the head of Reno defender Brent Richards. Richards did well to flick the ball onto Felipe who shifted his body and volley home the game’s opening goal inside the six-yard box.
RNO: Brian Brown (Antoine Hoppenot), 57th minute: A streaking run down the right flank from Hoppenot allowed him to draw out Leeker and slot the ball across to Brown who slid the ball home into the empty net.
RNO: Brian Brown (Paul Marie), 66th minute: Another streaking run down the right side – this time from Paul Marie – found Brown wide open at the back post. Brown unleashed a first-time volley that deflected off Monarchs defender James Moberg and into the back of the net for the match’s third goal.
KEY SAVES AND DEFENSIVE STOPS:
SLC: Jake Leeker, 21st minute: After a scramble in the box, Reno midfielder Antoine Hoppenot found the ball at his feet with a small window to shoot on goal. Hoopenot got his shot off but Leeker did well to react and parry the ball away from danger.
SLC: Jake Leeker, 80th minute: After Reno’s Brian Brown was tripped up inside the area, Brown stepped up to the penalty spot in search of his hat trick on the night. Brown drove the ball to Leeker’s left which he read well, diving to deny the hat trick to solidify his USL-leading third penalty kick of the season.
- Jake Leeker returned to start in goal for the Monarchs where he made his league-leading third penalty kick save of the season in the 80th minute. The Monarchs have now saved or deterred 11 of its last 13 penalties faced since the beginning of 2017.
- Sebastian Velasquez returned from his two-match suspension, appearing on the bench for the Monarchs.
- Despite the loss, the Monarchs remain atop the table by two points.
Match: Real Monarchs SLC at Reno 1868 FC
Date: July 3, 2018
Venue: Greater Nevada Field; Reno, Nevada
Weather: Sunny and 92 degrees
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
Real Monarchs SLC 0 0 0
Reno 1868 FC 1 2 3
RNO: Luis Felipe (Brent Richards), 32’
RNO: Brian Brown (Antoine Hoppenot), 57’
RNO: Brian Brown (Paul Marie), 66’
Real Monarchs SLC (4-4-2): Jake Leeker; Andrew Brody, James Moberg, Taylor Peay, Kalen Ryden; Justin Portillo, Charlie Adams, Jose Hernandez (Jack Blake, 59’); Maikel Chang (Juan Ignacio Mare, 46’), Chandler Hoffman, Josh Heard (Masta Kacher, 62’)
Subs not used: Andrew Putna, Konrad Plewa, Rhys Williams, Sebastian Velasquez
Reno 1868 FC (4-4-2): JT Marcinkowski; Brent Richards (Paul Marie, 46’), Zach Carroll, Thomas Janjigian, Duke Lacroix; Luis Felipe, Seth Casiple, Chris Wehan, Tommy Thompson; Antoine Hoppenot (Danny Musovski, 85’), Brain Brown (Mo Thiaw, 82’)
Subs not used: Kyle Ihn, Jordan Murrell, Jerry Van Ewijk, Mfeka
Stats Summary: RNO/SLC
Shots: 14 / 7
Shots on Goal: 8 / 1
Saves: 1 / 5
Fouls: 8 / 10
Offside: 2 / 2
RNO – Zach Carroll (caution) 24’
SLC – James Moberg (caution) 74’
RNO – Antoine Hoppenot (caution) 74’
SLC – Jack Blake (caution) 83’
RNO – Luis Felipe (caution) 84’
Referee: Michael Radchuck
Assistant Referees: Eric Ehrhardt, Sarah Cortez
4th Official: Michael Zapata