Courtesy of Reno 1868 FC · 3 min read
RENO, Nev. — Reno 1868 FC remains one of the dominant teams in the USL and built on that dominance Saturday night with a 2-0 win over rival Sacramento Republic FC.
In front of 6,060 fans at Greater Nevada Field, Reno 1868 FC beat its rivals thanks to the lethal combination of Dane Kelly and Antoine Hoppenot.
Hoppenot kicked off the scoring for Reno in the 38th minute after Kelly found him streaking near the far sideline.
Hoppenot took it past a Sacramento defender and put his fourth goal since May 24 in the back of the net.
“I (assisted) Dane the last match, so he assisted me this match,” Hoppenot said after the match. “I love the soccer we’re playing right now.”
Kelly wasn’t done on the night and scored his 60th career goal in the USL in the 73rd minute off an assist from midfielder Seth Casiple.
The reigning USL Player of the Month and the league’s all-time leading goal-scorer now has 12 goals this season.
With the win, Reno 1868 FC remains entrenched in the top half of the Western Conference Standings after earning another three points. The team that was once in last place in the Western Conference Standings is now poised for a top five position.
Reno 1868 FC will rest up and train for a week before hitting the road to play Real Monarchs SLC.
Reno will return home on June 30 to face Didier Drogba and Phoenix Rising FC.
Reno 1868 FC Postgame Quotes
Forward Dane Kelly
On scoring his 60th career USL goal…
“It felt great. I couldn’t do it without my teammates and the hard work we’ve been putting in over the past few games.”
On getting back-to-back wins…
“It’s awesome. We’re playing really well right now.”
On the mid-season turnaround…
“It means a lot because we started off poor. Now we’re picking it up and getting results. Now we just have to keep winning.”
Head Coach Ian Russell
On getting another three points…
“We’re scoring a lot of goals and our two forwards have been dynamic. We got a clean sheet tonight and it was a great team win against a really good Sacramento team.”
On Andrew Tarbell’s clean sheet…
“He’s such a big presence in the box. He had a great game tonight.”
On keeping the momentum after a brief break…
“Now we get to buckle down and coach ahead of our next game. I think the best is yet to come.”
Reno 1868 FC midfielder/forward Antoine Hoppenot
On getting another goal in the past month…
“The chemistry is great. I think we create a lot of space for each other. We are getting the ball to each other in good spots.”
On beating rivals…
“They are a team that you have to beat if you want to be good in the USL. To beat a team like that means a lot.”
On the defense…
“They are fantastic. A lot of things we do offensively starts with them. They find us in good spots and we can’t do what we do without them.”