Photo courtesy ISI Photos / San Jose Earthquakes
SAN JOSE, Calif. – New Sacramento Republic FC signing Sammy Ochoa scored his second goal in as many games, but the San Jose Earthquakes pulled away in the final half-hour to take a 4-1 victory in a preseason exhibition on Saturday afternoon at Avaya Stadium.
Republic FC created the first great look at goal in the seventh minute when forward Tyler Blackwood stole a bad pass near the top of the penalty area that put home 1-v-1 with Quakes goalkeeper David Bingham. The U.S. international got down well to deny Blackwood’s low shot, but the ball rebounded to Trevin Caesar on the right side of the box. Caesar sent a centering pass to Ochoa who was in the middle of the box, but Ochoa’s shot was blocked, allowing the Quakes to clear.
San Jose struck first in the 15th minute when defender Nick Lima found a streaking Tommy Thompson with a throw-in on the right side of the penalty area. Thompson leaped and volleyed a cross into the center of the area where Shea Salinas held off his marker and flicked the ball into the goal.
The Quakes held the lead into the second half, but Republic FC replied when Jeremy Hall fought off his man while running down the right side of the box before sending a pass back to Danny Barrera, who had found open space at the top right corner of the area. Barrera controlled and shot, and his effort was blocked by a sliding Anibal Godoy, who was ruled to have handled in the penalty area. Ochoa stepped up and calmly placed the ball in the lower-right corner as Bingham dove left, leveling the score.
Following numerous Republic FC substitutions around the hour-mark, San Jose regained the lead midway through the half when Darwin Ceren – who competed in the USL for Orlando City SC in 2014 – intercepted a pass in the middle the field and found Simon Dawkins. The Quakes forward sent a low shot to the left of the goal, just past the outstretched hand of substitute goalkeeper Dominik Jakubek.
Sacramento pushed for another equalizer, but the Quakes added two late goals in the 79th and 90th minutes to ensure a 4-1 victory. New Quakes midfielder Jahmir Hyka scored the third after Godoy received a long ball on the right side found Hyka streaking down the middle of the area for a finish.
Danny Hoesen added the fourth as he took a long pass from Andres Imperiale in the middle of the field and sent his shot into the bottom right corner.