RENO, Nev. (KOLO) – Reno 1868 FC solidified itself as the top team in Nevada Saturday night by winning the inaugural Silver State Cup.
Reno took the cup on points differential (5-2) in the series despite a 3-3 draw Saturday night at Greater Nevada Field in front of 6,467 fans.
Leading-scorer Brian Brown put Reno on the scoresheet first Saturday giving Reno a 1-0 lead in the 19th minute off a nice feed by Lindo Mfeka.
The goal was Brown’s 14th of the season and 17th overall as a Reno 1868 FC player, making him second only to fellow Jamaican Dane Kelly (18 goals, 2017) in goals scored at Reno 1868 FC.
Reno’s lead was short-lived as Las Vegas tied it up 10 minutes later off a Raul Mendiola tap-in. Both teams went into the locker room at halftime tied up at 1-1.
Reno took a 2-1 lead thanks to a sliding Antoine Hoppenot in the box in the 55th minute. Reno was 10 minutes away from three points until Las Vegas forward Daniel Guzmán Miranda evened the game up at 2-2.
Hoppenot came to the rescue again late for Reno 1868 FC as he found Lindo Mfeka in the box in the 85th minute for the go-ahead 3-2 score.
But again, Reno’s lead flickered away after Mendiola completed his brace in the 90th minute and scored the final goal of the night to make it 3-3.
With a win and two draws, Reno earned five points in the Silver State Cup series. Las Vegas earned a total of two points with two draws.
Reno remains in the thick of a playoff race staying in eighth in the West with 46 points.
Saint Louis FC’s win Saturday helped the club gain a one-match advantage on Reno while San Antonio FC’s loss helped Reno pull three points out of ninth (below the playoff line).