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GAME SUMMARY & PHOTOS: Kickers Crushed by North Texas

Richmond Kickers lost by three goals to North Texas Soccer Club.

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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.

BOX SCORE

TEAM FIRST HALF SECOND HALF FINAL
Richmond 0 0 0
North Texas 1 2 3

LINEUPS

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

STATISTICS

TEAM SHOTS SAVES FOULS CORNERS
Richmond 10 3 13 3
North Texas 16 3 18 4

SCORING SUMMARY

MIN TEAM PLAYER
27′ NTX Dante Sealy (unassisted)
63′ NTX Ricardo Pepi (Dante Sealy)
68′ NTX David Rodriguez (Dante Sealy)

CAUTIONS SUMMARY

MIN TEAM PLAYER
50′ NTX Dante Sealy
55′ NTX Alfusainey Jatta
81′ RIC Joe Gallardo
88′ RIC Charles Boateng
90′ RIC Scott Thomsen

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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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Richmond Police detectives are asking for the public’s help to identify the individuals in the attached photos who are suspects in a commercial burglary that last month.

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Little Nickel made this announcement on Facebook along with the slick looking deck addition you see above.

we’re almost back and this time with a bit of outdoor seating! ~ we’ll be making an announcement on monday about our opening date ~ we’ve missed everyone and can’t wait to reopen our tropical paradise safely, thank you so much for your support throughout this process ~

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Richmond BizSense.com has the limited details.

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