Reno 1868 drops fourth match in a row despite late comeback

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RENO, NV (KOLO) – Danny Musovski’s two goals in three minutes were not enough for Reno 1868 FC to complete the comeback against Fresno FC tonight, as Los Azules fell 3-2. Reno would tally two goals in the 89th and 92nd minutes to even the score before a converted penalty kick in the 94th minute ended the comeback bid.

“I thought we were slow in the first half,” said head coach Ian Russell. “We changed things up in the second half and guys responded. Unlucky not to get a point.”

Fresno would control the first half, with Jaime Chavez scoring in the 23rd minute and Juan Pablo Caffa converting a penalty in the 35th minute to make it 2-0 heading into the break.

The score would hold until the 89th minute, when Musovski would head a Duke Lacroix cross into the back of the net. In the second minute of stoppage time, Musovski would head another Lacroix cross into the net to bring the match to a 2-2 draw.

The goals were Musovski’s sixth and seventh of the season, putting him alone in second on the team behind Corey Hertzog’s 14. The seven goals tie his total from last season, his first year in the USL. Lacroix’s pair of assists bring his season total to eight, passing Raul Mendiola for the team lead. The eight assists would have Lacroix tied for third most in the USL.

In the fourth minute of stoppage time, Fresno would be awarded a penalty. The converted penalty made it a 3-2 final score.

Cuban forward Luis Paradela made his first appearance with the boys in blue, subbing in for Hertzog in the 72nd minute.

“It’s good to have a quick turnaround, the guys are eager to play again,” said Russell.

Reno will be back in action soon, with Tacoma Defiance coming to town on Tuesday. Kickoff at Greater Nevada Field is set for 6:45 p.m. PT. Tickets are available at Reno1868fc.com or the Greater Nevada Field ticket office. The match will be streamed online via ESPN+, and will be broadcasted locally on Nevada Sports Net.

Reno 1868 FC Starting XI

GK (12) Matt Bersano, D (5) Zach Carroll ©, D (6) Thomas Janjigian, D (16) Brent Richards, D (11) Duke Lacroix, M (84) Seth Casiple, M (8) Will Seymore, M (40) Raul Mendiola, M (10) Lindo Mfeka, F (21) Corey Hertzog, M (23) Sam Gleadle

Substitutes

GK (25) Damion Lewis, F (17) Aidan Apodaca, D (3) Benjamin Galindo Cruz, F (9) Danny Musovski, M (97) Sergio Rivas, M (45) Mattia Trianni, F (32) Luis Paradela

Substitutions

45’ Danny Musovski à Brent Richards

66’ Sergio Rivas à Seth Casiple

72’ Luis Paradela à Corey Hertzog

Goals

Danny Musovski 89’

Danny Musovski 90 + 2’

Assists

Duke Lacroix 89’

Duke Lacroix 90 + 2’

Cards

Duke Lacroix 68’

Zach Carroll 90 + 3’

Will Seymore 90 + 3’