COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KTXL) — The Sacramento Republic FC is eliminated from the United Soccer League Championship playoffs.
The Republic FC fell 2-1 loss to the Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC on the road in the Western Conference semifinal round on Saturday night.
The Switchbacks took a 2-1 lead in the 96th minute of extra time. The match went into overtime after full time ended in a 1-1 tie.
Colorado Springs took its lead on a goal by Michee Ngalina, who scored both of the Switchbacks’ scores Saturday night.
Jack Gurr nearly tied the match for the Republic FC. He nearly missed a shot to the left on a shot from the center of the box in the 101st minute.
Sacramento took a 1-0 lead in the first half after Rodrigo “RoRo” Lopez scored in the 18th minute. The Republic FC’s captain netted his goal off of a long pass from Dan Casey.
The match was tied 1-1 at halftime after Ngalina scored the equalizer for Colorado Springs in the 37th minute off.
The two clubs have faced off 11 times prior, however this was the first playoff match between the two sides.
The Republic was the No. 4 seed in the Western Conference playoffs. The Switchbacks headed into Saturday’s matchup as the No. 3 seed.
This season’s playoff appearance was the eighth in nine seasons for the Republic FC.
Sacramento advanced to the semifinals after defeating New Mexico United 2-0 at home on Oct. 22.
Colorado Springs moves onto the Western Conference finals against top-seeded club San Antonio FC on Sunday, Nov. 6.
The loss ends a memorable season for the Republic FC, which included a finals run in the U.S. Open Cup. Sacramento ended the regular season at 15-11-8.