Reno 1868 FC continues to build on its impressive road record as the club earned another point Saturday night in a 1-1 draw against Fresno FC.

Reno’s draw pushed the club to 6-1-7 on the road and set up a huge Sept. 8 battle against Saint Louis FC as both clubs fight for a playoff spot.

Reno’s point would not have come without leading scorer Brian Brown, who put through his 13th goal of the season thanks to a beautiful cross by defender Duke Lacroix, who was a menace all night for Fresno, in the 12th minute. 

The goal put Brown just two goals away from tying Dane Kelly, Reno’s all-time leading scorer who scored 18 goals in 2017. Brown is also just four goals from tying USL Golden Boot leader, Cameron Lancaster of Louisville City.

Reno (11-6-9, 42 pts) had a great chance to go up 2-0 before the halftime whistle as Antoine Hoppenot’s solo shot from inside the box missed by just inches to the left.

Reno entered halftime up 1-0 after fending off multiple Fresno chances.

Fresno FC (8-9-11, 35 pts) came out hot in the second half forcing Reno to play on its heels.

Fresno’s persistence paid off as captain and leading scorer Juan Pablo Caffa evened things up at 1-1 in the 67th minute.

Marcinkowski’s seven saves helped Reno fend off Fresno attacks in the second half setting the stage for yet another dramatic finish.

Reno’s best chance of the second half came in the first minute of stoppage time as forward Mo Thiaw tried curling in a shot from the left post only to be saved by Fresno goalkeeper Kyle Reynish.

Reno won a corner after that save, nearly converting off the header seconds later.

But a goal line clearance closed the door on any opportunity of a stoppage time winner.

Marcinkowski was able to gather in Fresno’s final chance on the night in the fourth minute of stoppage time to help Reno walk away with a tough-earned point.

The 1-1 draw meant both Reno and Fresno will have to wait until their next meeting to claim the series’ first win.

Reno will now set its sights on Saint Louis FC in a pivotal Western Conference match Sept. 8 in Saint Louis.

Kickoff for that match is set for 5:30 p.m. PT. 

Ticket’s for Reno’s next home match on Sept. 15 against LA Galaxy II can be purchased at Reno1868FC.com/tickets.

Fresno Starting XI

30 (GK) Kyle Reynish, 18 (D) Alex Cooper, 2 (D) Zachary Ellis-Hayden, 5 (D) Mickey Daly, 17 (M) Noah Verhoeven, 29 (D) Cory Brown, 6 (M) Rony Argueta, 21 (F) Christian Chaney, 10 (M) Juan Pablo Caffa, 15 (M) Danny Barrera, 9 (F) Pedro Riberio

Subs: 28 (GK) Sam Howard, 23 (F) Renato Bustamante, 12 (F) Don Smart, 24 (D) Sam Strong, 25 (F) Franck Tayou, 8 (M) Agustin Cazarez, 14 (F) Myer Bevan

Substitutions: 63’ Noah Verhoeven off….Sam Strong on, 63’ Chris Chaney off… Franck Tayou on, 84’ Juan Pablo Caffa off… Myer Bevan on

Goals: 67’ Juan Pablo Caffa - Left Foot - Centre of the Box - Bottom Right Hand Corner - Assist: Danny Barrera

Reno Starting XI 

18 (GK) JT Marcinkowski, 11 (D) Duke Lacroix, 4 (D) Jordan Murrell, 5 (D) Zach Carroll, 16 (D) Brent Richards, 14 (D) Chris Wehan, 8 (M) Guy Abend, 7 (M) Will Seymore, 22 (M) Jerry van Ewijk, 99 (F) Brian Brown, 29 (F) Antoine Hoppenot

Subs: 35 (GK) Kyle Ihn, 17 (M) Sam Gleadle, 28 (F) Mo Thiaw, 6 (D) Thomas Janjigian, 26 (M) Eric Calvillo, 84 (M) Seth Casiple, 23 (D) Brenton Griffiths

Substitutions: 71’ Chris Wehan off…Brenton Griffiths on, 77’ Brian Brown off…Mo Thiaw on, 84’ Jerry van Ewijk off….Seth Casiple on

Goals: 12’ Brian Brown - Left Foot - Centre of the Box - Bottom Left Hand Corner - Assist: Duke Lacroix

Reno 1868 FC Press Release