Reno 1868 FC extended its home unbeaten streak to 11-straight after topping Swope Park Rangers 1-0 on Saturday at Greater Nevada Field.
Reno’s fourth-straight win helped the club move to third place in the USL Western Conference standings thanks to an early goal by midfielder Antoine Hoppenot in the tenth minute.
Reno continues to build on its resume for the USL playoffs in its inaugural season.
After a back and fourth start to the match, Dane Kelly was taken down in the box in the ninth minute. Hoppenot stepped up and took the penalty kick to score what would prove to be the winner.
Despite numerous cards, including a Brenton Griffiths red card in the 87th minute, Reno held strong as goalkeeper Matt Bersano collected his 8th clean sheet this season.
Reno will hit the road for four-straight matches before returning home Sept. 20 against OKC Energy FC for a match at 6:45 p.m.
Reno 1868 FC Postgame Quotes
Head Coach Ian Russell
On the win…
“This was a tough, hard fought win against a really good Swope Park team.”
On moving to third place in the West…
“It feels good. We still have a long road ahead of us. But the guys are playing really well right now.”
On what is ahead…
“We have four touch matches on the road for the next month. But if we keep up the good form, we can close out strong.”
Goalkeeper Matt Bersano…
On his eighth clean sheet this season…
“It feels great. But again, I have to give my teammates all the credit. Keeping a team sheet is a group effort.”
On getting to third place in the standings…
“This isn’t an accident. We are playing really good soccer right now and we believe we can push this further.”
On what’s next…
“We have those four road games before coming back in September. It will be a difficult road. But I think we proved something tonight against a tough Swope team.”
Midfielder/Forward Antoine Hoppenot
On getting a goal in front of his family…
“Yeah that felt great. They came all the way from New Jersey and it was wonderful to get a goal for them.”
On moving to third place…
“This is a team that knows how to play together and I think we are showing the USL that right now.”
“We travel for our next four. We’ve shown that we can win at home and on the road. This team is confident.”
Reno 1868 FC Press Release
Monday's homecoming celebration for Reno's David Wise is now on hold due to changes in travel plans.
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