There a few positives to take out of Richmond’s 3 -1 loss against Lansing Ignite. Two player that have been noticeably absent got some playing time, forward Dennis Chin and defender Braedon Troyer. Chin had the most noticeable impact scoring the Kickers lone goal in the 63rd minute.
The Kickers hung tough for the first half and went into the locker room with a scoreless draw. However the groundwork for defeat had already been laid before they went in for the break. In the 34th minute Maxi Rodriguez picked up his second yellow card of the game which resulted in a red card and forced the Kickers to play with 10 men for the remainder of the game.
The Kickers defense was not up to the task and was repeatedly caught ball watching.
One last mention on the quality of pitch and the broadcast both were abysmal. The Ignite play on a converted baseball field and sod is laid on top of the infield. Throughout the game sections of sod were being torn loose and it’s a miracle that no player was injured. The broadcast had its own issues bouncing between watchable and cavelike dark. Our assumption is that the camera was having difficulties dealing with the bright scoreboard that was right behind one of the goals but that is just a guess.
The Richmond Kickers (0-2-1) fell on the road Saturday night against Lansing Ignite FC (2-1-0) at Cooley Law School Stadium. Going into halftime scoreless, Lansing scored two minutes into the second half through Nick Moon. Alex Bruce doubled the lead for Lansing in the 55th minute. Dennis Chin made his debut in the second half and pulled a goal back for Richmond in the 67th minute. LIFC responded three minutes later as Grant Stoneman scored the third and final goal of the night.
Three minutes into the match, Lansing had the first chance on goal. Xavier Gomez won the ball in the midfield, then fed the ball up for Alex Bruce. He turned and went for goal as Akira Fitzgerald made the easy stop.
Joe Gallardo won a free kick for the Kickers in the 10th minute. After making a run up the left side, Gallardo was tripped up on the edge of the Lansing box by Kyle Carr. He stood over the free kick and looked to sneak a shot in the near post as Michael Kirk was there to make the stop.
Lansing had a chance to go ahead in the 24th minute through Alex Bruce again. Rhys Williams found a way to get to the end line on the right side, getting enough space to whip in a cross. Bruce was there at the near post to get the shot off, putting it wide of the Richmond goal.
Richmond would be reduced to ten men in the 34th minute after Maxi Rodriguez picked up his second yellow of the match. The captain was issued his first yellow in the 27th minute after a hard challenge in the Lansing end of the pitch. The referee whistled him for his second yellow following a second hard challenge, instead showing Rodriguez his second yellow.
The home side took the lead two minutes into the second half through Nick Moon. Christian Silva controlled the ball for Lansing and pushed the ball out wide on the left for Moon. He quickly cut inside across the top of the Richmond box, finding the space to get a shot off and passed a leaping Akira Fitzgerald.
Lansing would go up 2-0 in the 55th minute through Alex Bruce. Rhys Williams received the ball on the right wing. He beat Scott Thomsen to whip in a cross for Bruce, who was making a far post run and just needed the tap in for the second goal of the match.
Richmond would get a goal back in the 70th minute from Dennis Chin, making his debut for the Kickers. Eli Lockaby flicked on a pass from Wahab Ackwei. Lockaby fought to get back the ball as Kirk knocked it away, right into the path of Chin to chip in for his first goal of the season.
Grant Stoneman responded three minutes later to restore the two goal lead for Lansing. Off an LIFC corner kick, Dennis Chin was able to get a header on the ball trying to clear it out. Instead the ball fell to the feet of Stoneman, who took a touch to his right to get enough space for putting his shot across the face of goal for the third of the night for Lansing.
The Kickers are back on the road next Saturday night as they make the trip south to take on Greenville Triumph FC at Legacy Early College. Kickoff for that match is set for 7:00 p.m. and will be shown live on WTVR CBS 6.3 and online through ESPN+. Stay up to date with the Kickers at RichmondKickers.com.
|TEAM||FIRST HALF||SECOND HALF||FINAL|
Lansing GK Mike Kirk, Grant Stoneman, Brandon Fricke, Nick Moon, Rhys Williams (61’ – Nathan Lewis), Kyle Carr, Ivo Cerda, Christian Silva, Xavier Gomez, Steeve Saint-Duc (77’ – Rafa Mentzingen), Alex Bruce (85’ – Pato Botello-Faz)
Unused Substitutes: Kyle Ihn, Marshall Hollingsworth, Lewis Jones, Elma N’For
Richmond GK Akira Fitzgerald, Eli Lockaby (84’ – Jannik Eckenrode), Wahab Ackwei, Ivan Magalhães, Scott Thomsen, Maxi Rodriguez, Greg Boehme, Matt Bolduc, Alex Ainscough (45’ – Braeden Troyer), Joe Gallardo, Daniel Jackson (54’ – Dennis Chin)
Unused Substitutes: Joe Rice, Conor Shanosky, Jannik Eckenrode, Justin Grove
|47′||LAN||Nick Moon (Christian Silva)|
|55′||LAN||Alex Bruce (Rhys Williams)|
|67′||RIC||Dennis Chin (unassisted)|
|70′||LAN||Grant Stoneman (unassisted)|