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Reno 1868 FC looks for first win against Fresno FC

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FRESNO, Calif. – After one of the most thrilling wins in club history, Reno 1868 FC looks to restart a win-streak late into the season as the club travels to take on Fresno FC on Saturday.

The second meeting between the two clubs starts at 7 p.m. at Chukchansi Park.

Reno is riding high after a last-second win over in-state rival Las Vegas Lights FC on Tuesday.

Reno pulled out the 2-1 win in the 95th minute thanks to a first-time finish by forward Antoine Hoppenot. Hoppenot got behind Las Vegas defenders, took in a beautiful ball by midfielder Guy Abend to send Reno past its rival with one tick left on the clock.

Reno (11-6-8, 41 pts) would not have had a shot at the win Tuesday without leading scorer Brian Brown’s 12th goal of the season. Brown tied Hoppenot’s record for second-most goals in a single season.

Brown is just three goals away from tying the club’s all-time record for goals scored (18, Dane Kelly).

Reno is aiming for its first win in the series Saturday with upstart Fresno FC. The clubs first met on June 9 in a 1-1 draw at Greater Nevada Field.

This time, Reno travels to Fresno for its first match at Chukchansi Park. Reno owns one of the best road records in the USL sitting at 6-1-6.

With Tuesday’s win at home, Reno remains in the hunt for a Top 4 finish in the USL’s Western Conference. Reno sits in sixth, a point out of fifth place currently held by Portland Timbers 2.

Fresno (8-9-10, 34 pts) is hanging around just four spots out of the playoffs. Its last match was also against Las Vegas Lights FC, resulting in a 2-2 draw. Fresno is just five points out of a playoff spot.

Jemal Johnson and Juan Pablo Caffa both lead the club with eight goals each.

Reno returns home to Greater Nevada Field on Sept. 15 for “Noche Latina” presented by Toro Law. Kickoff for that match against LA Galaxy II is slated for 6:45 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased at the Greater Nevada Field ticket office or at Reno1868FC.com/tickets.

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