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Virginia Sports Quick Hits: Dukes take New Hampshire, Spiders shutout Villanova, and more

A weekly recap of college sports in Virginia.

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#6 Dukes win wild shootout over #25 New Hampshire

JMU quarterback Bryan Schor found the endzone five times Saturday, and the sixth ranked Dukes held on for 42-39 victory over the 25th ranked New Hampshire Wildcats. A fumble return by Charles Tutt with 10:00 left put JMU up 42-12, but New Hampshire would score 27 unanswered points over the final 7:01 to make things uncomfortable for the Dukes. With the win, JMU (6-1, 4-0 CAA) snapped the Wildcat’s 17 game regular season home winning streak and seized sole possession of first place in the CAA. This week’s edition of the FCS Coaches Poll has JMU up one spot to fifth in the nation. The Dukes have this week off before welcoming Rhode Island (1-6, 0-4 CAA) to Harrisonburg on October 29th.

#7 Spiders Shutout #11 Villanova

The Spider defense forced three turnovers and limited Villanova to 222 yards of total offense in their 23-0 shutout victory over the eleventh ranked Wildcats. Richmond wide receiver Brian Brown led the Spider offense with seven catches for 120 yards and one touchdown. With their fourth straight win, Richmond (6-1, 4-0 CAA) sits in a three way tie for third in the CAA and just one game behind conference leader JMU. This week, the Spiders travel to Elon (2-4, 1-2 CAA) to take on the Phoenix, who have lost two straight.

Tribe Rally Past Blue Hens

Quarterback Steve Cluley completed 24 passes for 204 yards and punched in the go ahead touchdown with 4:12 left as the William and Mary rallied past Delaware for a 24-17 win and their first conference win of the season. The Tribe (3-4, 1-3 CAA) defense intercepted Delaware quarterback Joe Walker twice, the second of which was returned for a touchdown that put the game out of reach. William and Mary has the week off before hosting Maine (3-3, 2-1 CAA).

Syracuse Stomps #17 Hokies Out of Top 25

Syracuse quarterback Eric Dungey led his team in both passing and rushing as his 417 total yard performance ended Virginia Tech’s two week stay in the AP Top 25, and the Orange handed the Hokies a 31-17 loss. However, the Hokies (4-2, 2-1 ACC) still control their own destiny in the ACC Coastal division as they fall into a four way tie in the loss column with UNC (who they already own a head to head win over), Pitt and UVA. Unfortunately, the Hokies don’t have much time to regroup with a Thursday night showdown against Miami (4-2, 1-2 ACC) in Blacksburg on deck. Virginia Tech will have to ramp up the defensive pressure against a Hurricane offense averaging 36 points per game and over 420 yards of total offense.

Panther Rushing Attack Pounds Virginia

Pittsburgh used a 209 yard rushing performance along with a thirteen minute edge in time of possession to hand the Cavaliers a 45-31 loss in Charlottesville Saturday. UVA (2-4, 1-1 ACC) came out of the gate fast, scoring three first quarter touchdowns but were unable to keep up that pace or stop the Panthers in the second half. The Cavs now turn their attention to ACC Coastal co-leader and 22nd ranked UNC (5-2, 3-1 ACC), who got back on track with a win over Miami last week. Expect lots of fireworks in this one as both teams average over 400 yards of total offense per game while both defenses are surrendering north of 400 yards each week.

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Photos: VCU Women’s Soccer Black and Gold Scrimmage

A high scoring practice with Black edging out Gold 6 to 4.

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Friday evening saw the VCU Women’s Soccer team take on each other in their annual Black and Gold Scrimmage. A few more highlights on VCU’s YouTube.

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Preview: Kickers One Win From Championship

With a win against Chattanooga on Saturday the Kickers would face Greenville for the USL League Championship.

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Opponent: Chattanooga Red Wolves (5-5-4)
Date/Time: Saturday, October 24th, 6:30
Last Result: Kickers 3 – Orlando 1

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Three Things to Kick About

  1. Daryl Grove – It’s with an extremely heavy heart we share the news of the passing a Richmond soccer legend Daryl Grove. Daryl was one half of the Total Soccer Show and devoted to the growth of soccer and was an all-around great guy. He will be missed.
  2. Terzaghi – Leading Golden Boot winner didn’t make the trip down to Orlando on Wednesday after picking up a knock on Saturday. Every single Kickers fan is hoping to see him on the field this Saturday.
  3. Win and In – It’s that simple. The more complicated version is that the Kickers need to tie Omaha’s result. Omaha kicks off after the Kickers game so the Kicker just have to win and take any guesswork out of the equation.

Prediction

I’m honestly too nervous to think rationally and feel that predicting anything but a win will cast bad vibes on the team. So gotta go with a Kickers win.

Kickers 1 – Chattanooga 0

Official Richmond Kickers Preview

The Richmond Kickers (8-5-2) close out the 2020 USL League One regular season this Saturday night at City Stadium as they play host to Chattanooga Red Wolves SC (5-5-4), presented by Rybec Insurance with Allstate. Gates will open up at 5:30 p.m. and the match will kick off at 6:30 p.m. The match will air live on WTVR CBS 6.3 (Comcast 206, Verizon FiOS 466) and streaming on ESPN+. A very limited number of tickets are still available at RichmondKickers.com/Tickets.
Chattanooga leads the overall series against the Kickers, taking four wins to the Kickers one win over the last two seasons. This will mark the second time these two clubs will meet this season. The Kickers made the trek to CHI Memorial Stadium back on September 12, falling on the road to the Red Wolves 1-2. Emiliano Terzaghi opened up the scoring, putting away a volley from Matt Bolduc in the 13th minute. Chattanooga responded in the 54th minute as Tanner Dieterich leveled the score. Steven Beattie came off the bench to score the game-winner in second half stoppage time.
Richmond is coming off a strong offensive performance, taking a 3-1 road win at Orlando City B Wednesday. OCB took the lead after just eight minutes from a goal by Kenji Tanaka. Orlando was dealt an early blow as Daniel Rosario saw a straight red card in the 24th minute, which forced the home side to play a man down the remainder of the match. Mutaya Mwape scored his first goal of the season in the 36th minute from a set up by Greg Boehme to level it. Stanley Alves scored not only the go-ahead goal, but his first professional goal after Mumbi Kwesele laid it off for the forward in the 51st minute. Oalex Anderson completed the trifecta of first goals of the season when he fought off his defender to find the back of the net for the insurance goal in the 64th minute.
Red Wolves SC battled Forward Madison to a 1-1 draw at CHI Memorial Stadium last Saturday afternoon. The referee pointed to the spot after Greg Hurst was brought down by a late tackle from Gustavo Fernandes inside the Madison box. Hurst converted from the penalty spot eight minutes into the match to get Chattanooga out in front early. Michael Vang found the equalizer in the 69th minute as both teams shared the points.
The scenarios for making the USL League One Final are simple for the Kickers. A victory over Chattanooga will see Richmond head to the Final at Greenville. With a draw, the Kickers would need either an Omaha loss or a draw against Fort Lauderdale for Richmond to advance. A loss on Saturday would mean that the Kickers will need both Omaha to lose their match and North Texas either draw or lose their match against Tormenta FC.
Stay up to date with the latest news from the Kickers at RichmondKickers.com and on the official team app.
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Midfielder Mutaya Mwape (#10) scored his first goal the season to level the score against Orlando Wednesday. The Zambian made his 12th appearance this season, and seventh start to go with an assist. Forward Stanley Alves (#9) made his third start of the season and scored his first professional goal against Orlando. A product of University of Massachusetts, Lowell, Alves has played in ten matches in his rookie season. Forward Oalex Anderson (#15) scored his first goal for the Kickers as the insurance goal at OCB. Joining later in the season, Anderson made his second start and fifth appearance for Richmond.

Chattanooga Red Wolves SC

Forward Greg Hurst (#11) leads Chattanooga in scoring with seven goals this season. He sits tied for second overall in the league behind Emiliano Terzaghi with his ten goals. Forward Mark Hernandez (#20) has four assists this season to lead the team. The Anaheim, Ca. native also has three goals in 11 matches this season for the Red Wolves. Goalkeeper Alex Mangels (#24) is in his second season in Chattanooga and holds a 1.14 goals against average heading into Saturday’s match in Richmond. The product of the University of California, Berkeley has three clean sheets through 14 matches.

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CarMax Tacky Light Run reimagined with virtual and road-based courses for 2020

The CarMax Tacky Light Run, originally scheduled for Saturday, December 12, won’t be held as a traditional single day, in-person event, and event organizers will instead offer multiple ‘Official Courses’ for registered participants to use.

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The CarMax Tacky Light Run, originally scheduled for Saturday, December 12, won’t be held as a traditional single day, in-person event, and event organizers will instead offer multiple ‘Official Courses’ for registered participants to use. Courses will be open December 11-December 13 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., and a virtual option is also available for participants to complete their run or walk on a course of their own choosing as well.

One of the planned courses will utilize the Walton Park neighborhood, one of the area’s most festive collections of holiday lights and elaborate decorations, and the traditional site of the CarMax Tacky Light Run.

Now in its eighth year, the holiday-themed fun run combines one of Richmond’s favorite traditions – tacky holiday lights – with a celebration of active living. Registration is now open with pricing for adults ($18) and youth age 14 and under ($12), and, in addition to the marked and measured course options, registration also includes a long-sleeve event participant shirt, packet mailing, participant race bib, and a $5 discount to register for the 2021 CarMax Tacky Light Run.

All registered participants will also be automatically entered into a contest for a special CarMax Tacky Light Run prize pack. Optional add-ons to registration include a commemorative CarMax Tacky Light Run 2020 ornament, holiday-themed merchandise, and glow kits.

“We are excited that Sports Backers has come up with a creative solution to keep the tradition of this fun and festive event going this year,” said Leslie Parpart, Director of Community Relations at CarMax. “The CarMax Tacky Light Run has become a much-anticipated annual event for residents and families all over the Richmond region and we’re honored to be the lead sponsor for the eighth consecutive year.”

Each official CarMax Tacky Light Run course will have signage, mile markers, and passive traffic calming measures to promote the safety of participants. Event organizers will also provide additional support including lighting and other safety measures while courses are open from December 11-December 13.

“The CarMax Tacky Light Run has grown to become one of Richmond’s favorite holiday activities and we’re excited to offer this new event format for participants to take part in a festive and active way while following public health guidelines to support the health and safety of participants, volunteers, and staff,” said Molly Johnson, Event Director for Sports Backers. “We’re thankful for the continued support of CarMax and Chesterfield County and we look forward to the opportunity to celebrate in a new format in December.”

Participants will also be encouraged to dress up in their best, brightest, and tackiest holiday gear, and the CarMax Tacky Light Run Costume Contest will reward the top costumes in the categories of ‘Best Tacky Sweater,’ ‘Merry and Bright: Brightest Dressed,’ and ‘Best Overall: Individual and Group.’ Costume contest participants can submit photos to [email protected] or post on social media and tag @TackyLight Run, @SportsBackers or #NeverTooTacky.

Kids Run RVA will serve as the official event charity for the CarMax Tacky Light Run. Kids Run RVA is an initiative of Sports Backers that reaches thousands of young people and provides run clubs and fitness opportunities in schools and neighborhoods across the Richmond region, including many underserved communities.

Kids Run RVA gives youth the chance to have fun while being physically active in their own communities and gets thousands of kids moving throughout the Richmond area on a daily basis, with the goal of establishing healthy habits early in life that are critical to the long-term physical, emotional, and social development of all children. Kids Run RVA works to break down barriers and provide all kids the opportunity to participate in daily physical activity.

For more information on the CarMax Tacky Light Run, please visit www.sportsbackers.org.

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