Despite a record night full of milestones, Saturday night was not meant to be as Reno 1868 FC fell to rival Sacramento Republic FC 2-1.

In front of 7,103 fans (club record), Reno put on one of the best 45 minutes at home this year despite not finding the back of the net.

Reno had four shots on target, including a header from forward Brian Brown that just missed by inches.

Goalkeeper JT Marcinkowski’s acrobatic saves helped Reno enter halftime tied-up at 0-0.

Sacramento came out hot and just two minutes into the second half, Cameron Iwasa put Sacramento up 1-0 with his 12th goal of the season.

Reno’s night got worse in the 60th minute as Wilson Kneeshaw put Sacramento up 2-0 with a roller from outside the box. Reno was forced to once again come back from a 2-0 deficit against Sacramento in 2018.

Reno did create chances down the stretch, especially after midfielders Will Seymore and Gilbert Fuentes came onto the pitch.

Both made their debuts with Reno Saturday as Fuentes became the youngest player to suit-up for Reno 1868 FC.

Reno caught a break late in the 75th minute after Brian Brown was taken down in the box. Midfielder Seth Casiple converted from the spot to make it 2-1. Reno was still alive after chances by midfielder Antoine Hoppenot and defender Zach Carroll just missed by inches.

But it wasn’t meant to be.

The loss was the first regular season loss to Sacramento in the all-time “Donner Pass Derby” series. If Reno wants to keep its playoff hopes alive, the club will have to turn it around Tuesday when the club welcomes fellow rival Las Vegas Lights FC to Greater Nevada Field at 7:15 p.m. for the Silver State Cup, presented by Toro Law & Toro Taxes.

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Reno 1868 FC Starting XI

GK (18) JT Marcinkowski, D (5) Zach Carroll, D (6) Thomas Janjigian, D (11) Duke Lacroix, D (16) Brent Richards, M (8) Guy Abend, M (84) Seth Casiple, M (29) Antonie Hoppenot, M (22) Jerry Van Ewijk, F (99) Brain Brown, F (28) Mo Thiaw

Reno Subs  

GK (35) Kyle Ihn, D (4) Jordan Murrell, D (23) Brenton Griffiths, F (17) Sam Gleadle, F (9) Mark Gonzalez, M (7) Will Seymore, M (55) Gilbert Fuentes

Reno 1868 FC Substitutions: 58’ Guy Abend Off…Will Seymore On, 67’ Mo Thiaw Off…Gilbert Fuentes On, 72’ Jerry van Ewijk Off…Brenton Griffiths On

Reno 1868 FC Goals: 75’ (PEN) Seth Casiple - Right Foot - Centre of the Box - Top Left Hand Corner

Sacramento Republic FC Starting XI

GK (1) Josh Cohen, D (26) Elliott Hord, D (22) Jeremy Hall, D (4) Miotchell Taintor, D (2) Shannon Gomez, M (16) Adam Moffat, M (7) Hayden Partain, M (31) Cameron Iwasa, F (8) Wilson Kneeshaw, F (20) Villyan Bijev, D (21) Emrah Kilmenta

Sacramento Subs    

GK (30) Thomas Olsen, M (11) Luis Espino, M (10) Keven Aleman, M (14) Cole Seiler, M (9) Christian Eissele, D (40) Quincy Butler, D (5) Justin Schmidt

Sacramento Republic FC Substitutions: 73’ Hayden Partain Off… Christian Eissele On, 80’ Emrah Klimenta Off… Justin Schmidt On, 85’ Adam Moffat Off… Keven Aleman On

Sacramento FC Goals: 47’ Cameron Iwasa - Header - Centre of the Box - Top Right Hand Corner - Assist: Mitchell Taintor….60’ Wilson Kneeshaw - Right Foot - Outside the Box - Bottom Right Hand Corner

Reno 1868 FC Press Release