RICHMOND KICKERS 0
(3-5-2, 11 points, 8th)
NORTH TEXAS SC 3
Goals by: Sealy 27′, Pepi (Sealy) 63′, D. Rodriguez (Sealy) 68′
(7-1-1, 22 points, 1st)
Attendance: 4,514 (Last Home Attendance: 2,947)
All photos by Suzane Velasco
Ouch. The Kickers did not do well. The top team of the league dominated from the opening minutes. Going into the half the Kickers were only down by one goal. The second half the game plan unraveled even more and the Kickers let in two more goals. The issues were compounded by the lack of any bite. The Kickers managed 10 shots but only two were on target and neither was particularly dangerous. The one positive I’m able to dredge up is that the attendance was great with over 4,500 showing up. That could be a double-edged sword because the Kickers certainly didn’t win any new fans with their play on the field.
I’m not the only one disappointed with the result.
The game highlights if you want to call them that can be seen below.
OFFICIAL KICKERS SUMMARY
The Richmond Kickers (3-5-2) were defeated by the league-leading North Texas SC (7-1-1) at City Stadium Saturday night. Dante Sealy gave the visitors the first half lead with a goal in the 27th minute. Second half goals from Ricardo Pepi and David Rodriguez sealed the win for North Texas in the first meeting with the two clubs.
North Texas jumped ahead in the 27th minute. Ronaldo Damus broke free on a run up the left wing. He attempted to slot the ball through for Ricardo Pepi making a run inside the Richmond box, as Josh Hughes slid in at the last second for the tackle. Damus pounced on the loose ball and looked to be going for a shot at the far post. Sealy put the ball back on frame and into the back of the net to put the visitors ahead.
Two minutes before halftime, the Kickers had a chance to pull level from a set piece. Alfusainey Jatta was called on for a tackle from behind on Charles Boateng to set up a free kick about 30 yards. Joe Gallardo stepped up and looked to curl in a shot to the near post, as his shot sailed just wide of the goal.
North Texas would make it 2-0 in the 63rd minute through the league leading goalscorer, Ricardo Pepi. Dante Sealy took the ball off the foot of Josh Hughes and chipped it ahead for Pepi. He took a touch to settle and turn to launch a shot into the back of the net.
The visitors would go ahead 3-0 in the 68th minute. Dante Sealy worked his way to the end line and cut the ball back for David Rodriguez to redirect a shot on frame and past Akira Fitzgerald.
Joe Gallardo looked for a long range effort in the 84th minute. Bringing down a ball inside the North Texas end of the pitch, Gallardo turned towards goal. He found himself in plenty of space and elected to go for goal from about 35 yards out. Carlos Avilez was ready to punch the ball away from danger.
Late into stoppage time, Akira Fitzgerald denied North Texas from a fourth goal. Tanner Tessman battled through the Kickers defense to get the ball to Ricardo Pepi at the top of the Richmond box. He took the one time shot as Fitzgerald dove to his left to make the save.
The Kickers are back on the road next Saturday night, making the cross-country trek to face FC Tucson at Kino Sports Complex. Kickoff for that match is set for 10:30 p.m. ET and will be available locally on WTVR CBS 6.3 (Comcast 206, Verizon FiOS 466) and streaming on ESPN+. Stay up to date with the Kickers on RichmondKickers.com.
|TEAM||FIRST HALF||SECOND HALF||FINAL|
Richmond GK Akira Fitzgerald, Scott Thomsen, Ivan Magalhães, Wahab Ackwei, Braeden Troyer, Maxi Rodriguez, Josh Hughes (73’ – Jannik Eckenrode), Dennis Chin (64’ – Lucas Mendes), Daniel Jackson (60’ – Mutaya Mwape), Joe Gallardo, Charles Boateng
Unused Substitutes: Joe Rice, Conor Shanosky, Eli Lockaby, Greg Boehme
North Texas GK Carlos Avilez, Kevin Bonilla, Alfusainey Jatta (89’ – Hector Montalvo), Cesar Murillo, Jonathan Gomez, Bicou Bissainthe, Arturo Rodriguez, Dante Sealy (76’ – Gibran Rayo), Ronaldo Damus (64’ – Tanner Tessman), Ricardo Pepi
Unused Substitutes: Seth Wilson, Oscar Romero
|27′||NTX||Dante Sealy (unassisted)|
|63′||NTX||Ricardo Pepi (Dante Sealy)|
|68′||NTX||David Rodriguez (Dante Sealy)|
Arrest Made in Jahnke Road Food Lion Shooting
At approximately 11:57 a.m. on September 21, officers responded to the parking lot of the Food Lion grocery store in the 6400 block of Jahnke Road for the report of a person shot.
Richmond Police detectives have made an arrest in a shooting that happened on Jahnke Road last month.
Jermanny Hernandez turned himself in to detectives yesterday. He is charged with malicious wounding and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. His booking photo is attached.
At approximately 11:57 a.m. on September 21, officers responded to the parking lot of the Food Lion grocery store in the 6400 block of Jahnke Road for the report of a person shot. An adult male with a gunshot wound was located and transported to a local hospital with an injury that was considered life threatening.
“We would like to thank the public and our media partners for their assistance in sharing the information related to Mr. Hernandez,” said Major Crimes Captain James Laino.
Anyone with additional information about this incident is asked to call Major Crimes Detective O. Reyes at (804) 646-3874 or contact Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000. The P3 Tips Crime Stoppers app for smartphones may also be used. All Crime Stoppers methods are anonymous.
Black Bear Spotted in James River Park
I can barely contain my excitement about a bear.
The black bear is not the bear being reported but rather a placeholder bear from Wikipedia until someone gets a picture.
My husband was out on a long ramble with our dog and the dog became very keyed up as they got to the top of the pedestrian bridge at 42nd st. Husband looked down in time to catch a glimpse of a bear.The bear was seen entering the underbrush near the bottom of the steps. This was at 11:40 this morning.
Sorry, no photos.This is not the first time that they have seen bears in the park at about this time of year.
So, heads up, neighbors!
Halloween Howl Takes the Dogs Online this Year
You have a week to show off your pooch’s best trick and/or costume.
Halloween Howl has been a long standing annual tradition in Forest Hill Park, bringing our community together with dogs and their people to benefit Friends of Forest Hill Park and Ring Dog Rescue. The Howl has included dog/owner games, best pet trick competition, costume parade and refreshments. Ring Dog Rescue participated with their adoptable dogs, and CritterTown BathHouse provided a Pooch Pad as well as free nail clipping for a donation to Ring Dog Rescue. The Friends of Forest Hill Park Junior, Middle and High School park volunteers, judged the events and awarded prizes. This year due to COVID health concerns, Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School Senior Jacob Lee, has created a virtual event page for our event so we can continue to host it this year! We greatly appreciate Jacob’s time and talent!
For more information on Ring Dog Rescue go to ringdogrescue.org.
For more information on Friends of Forest Hill Park and the Junior Group go to friendsofforesthillpark.org
Please register for the Halloween Howl event below. We hope you will consider making a donation as well. Half of the donations will go to Ring Dog Rescue and and the other half to Friends of Forest Hill Park.
Upload a picture of your dog in his/her costume or a short video of your pet’s best trick by Saturday, October 24th at Noon. The Friends of Forest Hill Park Junior will Judge the following categories, and prizes will be awarded:
- Best Pet Trick
- Best Dog/Owner Duo
- Best Costume Overall
- Cutest Costume
- Scariest Costume
- Judges Choice
You will be notified by email Sunday, October 25th, and winners will be posted on this site. We appreciate your support and hope you enjoy until we can resume our live event in the park!