HERRIMAN, Utah (Wednesday, June 9, 2021) – Real Monarchs (1-3-2, 5 points) earned their first win and clean sheet of the season in a 2-0 victory over Sacramento Republic FC at Zions Bank Stadium.
Milan Iloski’s first professional goal and an eventual brace in the first half proved to be the deciding factors for the night.
Despite trailing in possession, the Monarchs led in shots on goal in the first half and two goals from Iloski gave the home side the lead at the break.
Despite the wind playing a factor offensively for Sacramento in the second half, the Monarchs' young defense stood strong and secured the team’s first shutout of the early season. The match ended 2-0, giving the Monarchs the full three points.
UP NEXT: Real Monarchs hit the road to take on Rio Grande Valley FC at H-E-B Park on Saturday, June 12 at 6:00 p.m. MT. The match can be streamed on ESPN+.
GOAL SCORING RUNDOWN:
SLC: Milan Iloski, 22nd minute: Forward Milan Iloski gathered the ball near the top of the box, cut to his right and blasted the right-footed shot past the keeper and into the back of the net.
SLC: Milan Iloski (Maikel Chang), 41st minute: Midfielder Maikel Chang dribbled into the box and sent a low cross to his left, where Iloski gathered the ball and fired a right-footed shot across the face of goal and into the bottom-left corner of the net.
- With his first-half assist, midfielder Maikel Chang moved up into second all-time in assists in USL Championship history with 38, just one behind the top spot currently held by Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC midfielder Kenardo Forbes.
- Forward Milan Iloski recorded his first and second professional goals for the club in the victory.
- Six players made their 2021 season debut for the Monarchs tonight as goalkeeper Andrew Putna, defenders Erik Holt and Ashtone Morgan, midfielders Justin Portillo and Maikel Chang and forward Douglas Martinez were part of Jamison Olave’s starting lineup.
Match: Real Monarchs vs. Sacramento Republic FC
Date: June 9, 2021
Venue: Zions Bank Stadium; Herriman, Utah
Weather: Partly cloudy and 79 degrees
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
Real Monarchs 2 0 2
Sacramento 0 0 0
SLC: Milan Iloski 22’
SLC: Milan Iloski (Maikel Chang) 41’
Real Monarchs (4-2-3-1): Andrew Putna; Ashtone Morgan, Jaziel Orozco, Erik Holt, Timi Sobowale; Justin Portillo, Sam Brown; Malik Johnson (Bode Davis, 45’), Milan Iloski (Ibrahim Bancé, 84’), Maikel Chang (Kyle Adams, 88’); Douglas Martinez
Subs not used: Jeff Dewsnup, Frankie Martinez, Brayan Gomez, Max Mata
Sacramento Republic FC (4-5-1): Tomas Gomez; Nabilai Kibunguchy (Jordan McCrary, 63’), Mitchell Taintor, Hayden Sargis, Duke Lacroix; Jaime Villareal (Mario Penagos, 74’), Andrew Wheeler-Omiunu, Tucker Bone, Rafael Jauregui (Julian Chavez, 74’), Petteri Pennanen (Cameron Iwasa, 57’); Dariusz Formella
Subs not used: Jesus Sanchez, Fatai Alashe
STATS SUMMARY: SLC / SAC
Shots: 8 / 12
Shots on Goal: 5 / 0
Saves: 0 / 3
Corner Kicks: 0 / 7
Fouls: 10 / 15
Offside: 0 / 1
SLC – Milan Iloski (caution) 45+2’
SLC – Douglas Martinez (caution) 48’
SAC – Tomas Gomez (caution) 48’
SAC – Andrew Wheeler-Omiunu (caution) 90’
SLC – Justin Portillo (caution) 90+5’
Referee: Brad Jensen
Assistant Referees: Kali Smith, Bennett Savage
4th Official: Jordan Downs