Eric Newman
Courtesy RSL Communications

SANDY — With a 2-1 victory over Reno 1868 FC, the Real Monarchs are the sole possessors of the USL's consecutive-wins record.

A pair of first-half goals were sufficient in the team's ninth consecutive win, snapping Orlando City SC's record of eight in 2014.

Monarchs forward Sebastian Velasquez assisted on both goals, including a service to Taylor Peay on a beautiful corner kick in the first half's stoppage time.

From that point, the Monarchs were able to hold on, with the help of a few solid saves from goalkeeper Lalo Fernandez in the last fifteen minutes.

The win did not come easy in the end as Reno goalkeeper Andrew Tarbell, all the way in attack from his box in a desperate attempt to tie the game, saw the ball land at his feet no more than 10 feet yards from the goal in stoppage time in the second half. He wound up and made a solid strike that glanced off the crossbar and out.

Mere seconds later, Tarbell had the ball at his feet again, this time off a Reno free kick. He shot the ball into the back of the net, jubilant in celebration before the line judge called the play offside.

The home win was the eighth of the season for the Monarchs, who have yet to lose this season at Rio Tinto.

At 12-1-0 and in first place in the USL Western Conference, the Monarchs' league-best record has already eclipsed their win total from the 2016 campaign, when the team won only 10 games.

This match was the second win for the Monarchs over Reno. On April 6 they beat Reno 5-3 in a shootout at home.