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.