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GAME SUMMARY & PHOTOS: Kickers Nab a Draw Against Lansing

The Kickers unbeaten streak extends to three but the Kickers gave up a lead and left points on the table.

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RICHMOND KICKERS 2
Goals by: Chin (Hughes) 32′, Jackson (Shanosky) 90′
(2-2-2, 8 points, 3rd)

LANSING IGNITE FC 2
Goals by: Espin-Lopez (Mentzingen) 58′, Fricke (Coiffic) 70′
(2-3-1, 7 point, 8th)

Attendance: 2,947 (Last Home Attendance: 2,735)

All photos by Suzane Velasco










The league and season are young but so far Lansing Ignite loves playing against Richmond. The was the third and last time the two teams meet. The Ignite walk away with 7 points out of a possible 9. The Kickers remain the only team that Lansing has beaten and the Ignite remain the only team to score against the Kickers. The team from the mitten has scored 8 goals against the boys in red.

The goals that Lansing scored against the Kickers on Saturday were extremely frustrating because they came off mistakes by the Kickers. The first goal was a terrible give away back the Kicker in their own half and the second was just poor defending on a corner kick.

After showing so much promise in the previous two games this definitely feels like a step back. The Kickers next game is Tuesday against as they kickoff their run in the 2019 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup against amateur side Virginia United. So they’ll have had two days to get everything figured out and back on track.

On the positive side the Kickers grabbed the lead in the first half. The mistakes mentioned above put the home side in a hole but they dug themselves out with an impressive strike by Jackson in stoppage time. Hopefully, this kickstarts Jackson’s goal-scoring engine.


OFFICIAL KICKERS SUMMARY

The Richmond Kickers (2-2-2) picked up a point behind a wild 2-2 draw with Lansing Ignite FC (2-3-1) at City Stadium Saturday night. Dennis Chin opened up the scoring for Richmond in the 32nd minute. Lansing came back with two goals in the second half from Ricky Espin-Lopez and Brandon Fricke. Daniel Jackson scored late into stoppage time for the Kickers to come away with the draw.

Five minutes into the match, Lansing nearly got on the scoreboard through Nick Moon. Moon jumped on a loose ball after and went for the quick shot from about 30 yards out on the left side. The ball hit the crossbar and was cleared out of danger.

Akira Fitzgerald was called into action just two minutes later. Grant Stoneman served in a cross from the right side to meet a leaping Moon for a header at the back post. Fitzgerald threw himself in front of the ball to knock it away before it was eventually cleared.

Richmond would jump on the board in the 32nd minute through Dennis Chin.  Mutaya Mwape won the ball in the midfield and started a run up the right side. Seeing Chin in space on the left, the Zambian midfielder played the cross. Chin made a run towards goal to get a shot off, which took a deflection falling to the feet of Josh Hughes. He quickly laid the ball off for Chin making a run, as the Jamaican fired off a shot to find the back of the net for his second goal of the season.

Lansing leveled the score in the 58th minute. Rafa Mentzingen picked up control of the ball on the right flank and started to cut inside towards the Richmond box. He squared a pass across the top of the Kickers 18 yard box for Ricky Lopez-Espin, as his shot slipped under Akira Fitzgerald for the tying goal.

Brandon Fricke added a second for the visitors in the 70th minute. Off a corner kick by Tumi Moshobane, was able to pick out Kevin Coiffic at the back post. He headed it back across goal just enough for Fricke to get a touch and put it into the back of the net.

Joe Gallardo nearly got the Kickers right back into the match in seven minutes later. After winning the ball, Gallardo charged towards goal. He slipped the ball through for Daniel Jackson, as the Lansing keeper got a touch to deflected it away. Gallardo ran onto the loose ball an quickly when for a shot that rattled the post and went over the endline.

Daniel Jackson scored a stunner in stoppage time to tie the game up late. Conor Shanosky controlled the ball in the center of the field. He started up field towards the Lansing goal, then slotted the ball through for Jackson. He quickly turned and took a touch to his right before launching a shot into the back of the net for his first goal of the season.

The Kickers are back at City Stadium this Tuesday, May 7 to open up the 2019 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup against amateur side Virginia United. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. for Food Truck Night, featuring a variety of RVA food trucks. It is also Two for Tuesday, where you can get two tickets and two beers for just $22. This match and the entire Open Cup will be available to stream live on ESPN+. Get tickets now at RichmondKickers.com.

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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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Virtual Carter Jones/Fonticello Playground Meeting – Kids Encouraged to Attend

Parks, Recreations, and Community Facilities (PRCF) Department will be meeting virtually with community members to discuss possible replacement designs of the playground equipment in Carter Jones/Fonticello Park.

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Chris Schwartz from the City of Richmond’s Parks, Recreations, and Community Facilities (PRCF) Department will be meeting virtually with community members to discuss and review possible replacement designs of the playground equipment in Carter Jones/Fonticello Park.

The equipment was removed due safety concerns after being vandalized late last year. The replacement equipment once selected and funded will be moved to the New Master plan location to start the Markiya Simone Dickson Imagination Zone. The park master plans will be posted in the comments of the event link.

We are encouraging KIDS ages 5-12 to attend this meeting. Chris says he always gets the best playground feedback from them.

When: Saturday, January 23, 2021 – 10am
Topic: Carter Jones / Fonticello Playground Meeting

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Councilperson Kristen Larson’s Statement on Full Traffic Signal at Huguenot and Cherokee

Between 2015 and 2018, there were 26 vehicle crashes at the Huguenot and Cherokee intersection.

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Statement from Councilperson Kristen Larson:

Dear 4th District Neighbors:

I am writing to update you on the proposed full traffic signal at the intersection of Huguenot and Cherokee Roads. More than a year ago, on August 19, 2019, I hosted a meeting at the Huguenot Community Center to discuss the Department of Public Works’ (DPW) proposal for the signal. Travis Bridewell, the City’s Traffic Engineering Operations Manager, presented the proposal along with crash data justifying DPW’s support of the project. Between 2015 and 2018, there were 26 vehicle crashes at the Huguenot and Cherokee intersection. Since that meeting, our office has heard from many of you with safety concerns from drivers and bicyclists who pass through this well-trafficked area.

I realize that there are a number of residents who are concerned that the installation of a full traffic signal at this intersection might increase traffic volume and speeds along Cherokee Road. Fortunately, DPW will be installing 2 speed tables on Cherokee Road this spring which will help to slow and deter traffic. This was an option that was discussed at the meeting in 2019.

Based on the traffic crash data and the community feedback I have received over the past year, I am in full support of the Huguenot/Cherokee full traffic signal which will include ADA ramps, pedestrian countdown signals, and ladder crosswalks. The project is not currently funded, but I have expressed my support for it in forthcoming budgets.

Please feel free to email comments or questions to [email protected] or call (804) 646-5646.

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James River Park Hits an Impressive 2 Million Visitors for 2020

If you thought the park felt more crowded this year, you were right.

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What’s your favorite spot? Pony Pasture/Wetlands is high as is Reedy Creek.

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