The San Jose Earthquakes completed their 2017 preseason on a high note Saturday afternoon, securing a decisive 4-1 victory over the Sacramento Republic FC at Avaya Stadium.
Goals from Quakes veterans Shea Salinas and Simon Dawkins made all the difference as San Jose upped its preseason record to 6-1-2. Newcomers Jahmir Hyka and Danny Hoesen added goals late in the second half to secure the victory.
The Earthquakes have never lost to Sacramento, beating the USL side twice in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup and four times in preseason friendlies since the Republic first played in 2014.
Dawkins’ game-winning-goal was his first of the preseason, as he has slowly been building up his fitness after taking off the entire off-season. He told Center Line Soccer after the game that he did not remember much about the build-up to the goal, only that he received the ball in space and turned to find the goal waiting. Dawkins was subbed out right after scoring following a solid 68 minute shift, marking his longest appearance of the preseason.
San Jose Earthquakes 4 — Sacramento Republic FC 1
Feb. 25, 2017 - Avaya Stadium in San Jose, Calif.
Scoring Summary: SJ - Shea Salinas (Tommy Thompson, Nick Lima) 14; SAC - Sammy Ochoa (penalty) 54; SJ - Simon Dawkins (Darwin Ceren) 66; SJ - Jahmir Hyka (Anibal Godoy) 79; SJ - Danny Hoesen (Andres Imperiale) 90+1.
Misconduct Summary: SJ - Victor Bernardez (caution) 28; SJ - Anibal Godoy (caution) 52; SAC - Harry Williams (caution) 68.
San Jose Earthquakes: David Bingham; Shaun Francis (Kofi Sarkodie 72), Florian Jungwirth (Andres Imperiale 81), Victor Bernardez (Darwin Ceren 62), Nick Lima (Kip Colvey 81); Shea Salinas (Jahmir Hyka 45), Anibal Godoy (Jackson Yueill 83), Fatai Alashe, Tommy Thompson (Matheus Silva 90+1); Simon Dawkins (Cordell Cato 68), Marco Ureña (Danny Hoesen 62).
Sacramento Republic FC: Evan Newton (Dominik Jakubek 64); James Kiffe (Elliott Hord 61), Mike da Fonte (Harry Williams 61), Carlos Rodriguez (Julius James 34), Adam Moffat (Christian Chaney 55), Jeremy Hall (Gabe Gissie 61); Daniel Trickett-Smith (Ryley Kraft 45), Tyler Blackwood (Agustin Cazarez 55), Danny Barrera (Enrique Montano 61); Trevin Caesar (Wilson Kneeshaw 45), Sammy Ochoa (Lamin Suma 55).