Kleber Perez watches his second-half shot find the goal. He had two goals to lead Republic in a losing cause.

Branson Comes Back to Topple Tigers (Photos)

Republic’s struggling soccer offense came alive against Branson, but the previously strong defense couldn’t hold up in a 4-3 home loss to the Pirates. Republic lost a 2-0 lead, allowing four unanswered goals by Branson in suffering a home loss Tuesday night. (Photos below article.)

Kleber Perez scored twice for Republic, including a late second-half goal that gave Republic a chance to tie the game, but Branson’s defense held down the stretch.

Republic had been shut out in its previous four losses. Tuesday’s match was the highest goal-scoring output of the season for Republic. The win was the first of the season for Branson. Both teams are now 1-5.

The Republic JV team won 3-1.

Photos by David Brazeal

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