SACRAMENTO,  CA A gutsy road effort from Whitecaps FC 2 (4W-11L-6D) was undone by a late penalty kick in a 1-0 defeat against Sacramento Republic FC (9W-6L-4D) at Papa Murphy’s Park on Saturday.

It was a furious start to the match, as both teams exchanged chances in the first minute of play. For the ‘Caps, Thomas Sanner slid in the box to redirect a ball in from Kadin Chung that was saved by goalkeeper Evan Newton. At the other end, Wilson Kneeshaw was just offside on a breakaway for Sacramento.

The home side threatened again in the sixth minute when Trevin Caesar found Kneeshaw in the box, firing just right of net.

Sanner came back with another chance of his own in the 23rd minute, getting on the end of a Chung cross but heading it over the crossbar.

Neither side could find a first half goal as the match went into the break scoreless.

Spencer Richey came up big to keep it even in the 65th minute, getting down low to stop a header on target from Chris Christian.

The decisive moment would come in the 80th minute. Sacramento were handed an opportunity to take the lead as Blackwood was deemed to have been fouled in the box by Matthew Baldisimo. Jeremy Hall struck the ensuing penalty kick into the top corner for a late 1-0 advantage.

As the final minutes ticked away, the ‘Caps were unable to find an equalizer, with the final whistle confirming a tough defeat.

WFC2 continue their four-match run on the road next Sunday, August 13 across the border against Cascadia rivals Seattle Sounders FC 2.

The next home match is on Sunday, August 27 against LA Galaxy II, as the ‘Caps host Star Wars Night at Langley’s McLeod Athletic Park.