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Kickers Fall to Lansing on the Road

The Kickers continue to look for a victory.




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.

Official Kickers Summary

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


Lansing 0 3 3
Richmond 0 1 1


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


Lansing 13 0 11 5
Richmond 5 3 15 3


47′ LAN Nick Moon (Christian Silva)
55′ LAN Alex Bruce (Rhys Williams)
67′ RIC Dennis Chin (unassisted)
70′ LAN Grant Stoneman (unassisted)


27′ RIC Maxi Rodriguez
34′ RIC Maxi Rodriguez
82′ RIC Matt Bolduc


34′ RIC Maxi Rodriguez


Referee: Donovan Noocha
Assistant Referees: Nick Balcer,  Jeffrey Swartzel
Fourth Official: Nicole Green
Attendance: 3,369
Weather: Clear, 53 ºF



Richard Hayes is the co-founder of RVAHub. When he isn't rounding up neighborhood news, he's likely watching soccer or chasing down the latest and greatest board game.

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12th Annual Forest Hill 5K Hits the Hills on March 22nd

A great event in the neighborhood that sends2th Annual Forest Hill 5K the serious and not so serious runners into the Hills.




I stole this text from the Forest Hill Neighborhood Newsletter. If you’re offended please feel free to remove the little card that says PRESS that is placed in my hatband.

Don’t miss the this year’s Run for the Hills! 5K.   We will be running, or doing something vaguely similar,  on Sunday, March 22, 2020.

Run, jog, or walk. Come enjoy the park with us.

  • Online registration:  Register by clicking this link  Beat the March 15th early registration deadline to guarantee your cool t-shirt.
  • On-site registration (and sign-in):  You may register at the Stone House on Saturday, March 21st from 10 am to noon and on Sunday, March 22th from 8 am to the beginning of the race.  T-shirts are first come first serve.

Our Facebook event has all the race info including this year’s route map, tee, and a link to the registration form.

Join the team.
Can you volunteer your time to assist runners, take photos, or something more? We need help with all aspects of the race.  Would you consider donating noisemakers, sidewalk chalk, or balloons to make our finish line festive?  Email us at if you are interested.



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Mardi Gras Manchester Style

Laissez les bons temps rouler on February 22nd.




There is no reason to brave the crowds of NOLA for Mardi Gras when you can just head over to Manchester and celebrate with Dogtown Dance Theatre.

Dogtown Dance Theatre presents the 10th annual Mardi Gras RVA on February 22, 2020. It kicks off with a Mardi Gras-themed parade at 3:30PM, beginning at 15th Street and Bainbridge Street.  Folks are encouraged to not only watch but to join in the fun as performers walk the 10 block route.

After the parade things really start hopping at Dogtown’s Theater from 4 PM to 8:30 PM.   There will be many talented performers to enjoy, like RVA Dance Collective and RVA Dance Junior Ensemble, CLAVES UNIDOS, Dogwood Dance Project, Salsa Connection, Richmond Urban Dance, Pole Pressure, Ajna Tribal, SHiNE Dance, and Salsa Rueda.  These performances will showcase a variety of dances, including modern, African, hip hop, belly dancing, Latin and salsa, and many more. You will never experience a dull moment at this spectacular event!

In between acts Elana Lisa and the Hot Mess will keep folks moving. If attendees need a bite or a beer, both will be available from Sophia’s International Cuisine, and Legend Brewing Company respectively.

Tickets for attendance are $15 for adults, $5 for children ages 5 to 12, and children under the age of 5 may attend for free. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the link below.

More information at Dogtown Dance Theatre.



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CARITAS to Install Largest Solar Power System at any Nonprofit in Virginia

More than 1,000 Heliene brand photovoltaic solar panels will be installed starting in Spring 2020 on the roof of the CARITAS Center. The 427 Kilowatts of Solar Arrays Will Save an Estimated $427,000 in Energy Costs.




CARITAS has signed an agreement with Secure Futures Solar of Staunton to install and operate the largest solar power system at any facility for a non-profit organization in Virginia. Solar arrays on the new CARITAS Center now under construction will provide a total capacity of 427 kilowatts of clean energy, estimated to cut the organization’s electric utility bills by $427,000 over the next 25 years.

More than 1,000 Heliene brand photovoltaic solar panels will be installed starting in Spring 2020 on the roof of the CARITAS Center currently being renovated in the Southside area of Richmond. The solar energy system is expected to cover a substantial portion of the new facility’s energy use by generating enough clean energy to power the equivalent of 72 average homes and to offset 464 tons of carbon dioxide pollution.

According to data on solar installations registered with the Virginia State Corporation Commission, the solar arrays at the CARITAS Center will have the largest capacity of any solar energy system located on a building or elsewhere at the location of a non-profit organization in Virginia. As of 2016, Virginia hosted nearly 38,000 nonprofit organizations delivering vital community services, according to consultancy Independent Sector.

“Innovation is one of our core values at CARITAS,” said President & CEO Karen Stanley. “As we move ahead bringing this bold vision for the CARITAS Center to life, it is important that we integrate new energy solutions into our project. We hope we can lead the way as other nonprofits bring solutions like this to life in their communities.”

Secure Futures will install solar energy equipment at no upfront capital cost to CARITAS and will operate the system under a 25-year Power Purchase Agreement. Over that term, CARITAS will buy all the electricity generated by the solar panels located on site from Secure Futures at a cost lower than typically available. CARITAS will use a $17,000 grant from the RVA Solar Fund, administered by the Community Foundation for a greater Richmond.

“CARITAS is walking the talk in linking clean energy to community service in Virginia, ” said Anthony Smith, president and CEO of Secure Futures. “Rooftop solar will cut their electric bills, making more resources available for their most vulnerable neighbors break the cycles of homelessness and addiction to reclaim their lives.”

When renovation of the former warehouse facility is completed later in 2020, the CARITAS Center will feature 150,000 square foot of space to house an emergency shelter, a substance-use recovery program for women, 47 apartments for people transitioning out of homlessness, a workforce development center, a furniture bank, and the organization’s administrative offices.

The decision to add solar power at the new facility is consistent with the commitment of CARITAS to effective stewardship of resources that are both financial and ecological. The building will also incorporate about 45 solar tubes, which will filter natural light throughout the Center. Other appliances are ENERGY STAR certified to manage usage and costs. Toilets in the bulding will also feature automatic shut off functions.

CARITAS helps our most vulnerable neighbors break the cycles of homelessness and addiction to reclaim their dignity. For more than 30 years, CARITAS has been providing effective, permanent solutions to individuals and families dealing with the crisis of homelessness and/or substance use disorders in the Metro Richmond area. Its four programs include Emergency Shelter, the Furniture Bank, CARITAS Works, and The Healing Place. Through these four programs, CARITAS provides men and women with the tools to make a successful transition to dignity and self-sufficiency.  You can learn more on the organization’s website at



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