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GAME SUMMARY & PHOTOS: Kickers Crushed by North Texas

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




(3-5-2, 11 points, 8th)

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.


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


Richmond 0 0 0
North Texas 1 2 3


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


Richmond 10 3 13 3
North Texas 16 3 18 4


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


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



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 Animal Care and Control Looking for Information on Dog Found in Dumpster

The dog was found in a dumpster at the Residences at Westover Hills (5852 Westower Drive). If you have an information please call 647-5573 or email [email protected]




From RACC Facebook:

We just don’t know what to say about this one. Swear words want to come out first…followed by tears…then back to bigger swear words. 😡😭😡 This sweet dog was found in this dumpster at the Residences at Westover Hills. No joke. Citizens saw him and called our team. Officer Jones removed him from the dumpster and took him straight to Virginia Veterinary Centers.

We named him Blue Skies. 🌼 He’s 10 months old and was in terrible shape; starved, covered in feces, with open wounds on his body-our RACC Medical Pics closed group shows more (if you can handle graphic). We need your help finding the person responsible for his suffering. Please call 647-5573 or email [email protected] with information. Our hearts are breaking over the sweet spirit of this dog that deserves a chance at a better life. 💔 Please share-plus he will need a home-email if you can help with that too. 💕 #weareyourcityshelter #throwninthetrash #HelpUsHelpHim #ijustcantanymore



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Sacred Heart Center Needs Help Filling Up their Food Bank

The Food Bank, in partnership with Bainbridge Community Ministries and Sacred Heart Parish has been able to provide food to 750 community members affected by this crisis.




Sacred Heart Center at  1400 Perry Street runs a food bank and donations are not keeping up with current demand. You can donate items directly (contactless) on Tuesdays and Thursdays or make a donation online.
A message from Sacred Heart Center.

Dear Sacred Heart Center Friends and Family,

While Sacred Heart Center continues to implement our educational programs remotely for our community, we are currently accepting food donations to support our families during this critical time.

Due to the great need that our families experience, demonstrated in the number of people served each time we open the food bank (more than 150 people per day,) through our Food Bank, in partnership with Bainbridge Community Ministries and Sacred Heart Parish, we have been able to provide food to 750 community members affected by this crisis.

We will be accepting food donations on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00am to 5:00pm

Donations can be dropped off at the side of our main building, located at 1400 Perry Street. Please drive into Sacred Heart’s parking lot and pull up to the designated parking spot located next to the first door on the left.

Please stay in your vehicle and someone will come to accept your donations.

If you would like to help replenish our food pantry, but are unable to come to the SHC, please consider donating online so that we can continue to support our community at this time.

We are accepting all food items while also strongly asking for foods that our community consumes:

  • Corn flour
  • Tortillas
  • Dried or canned beans
  • Rice
  • Baby formula
  • Snacks for small children
  • Canned Vegetables
  • Sugar
  • Tuna
  • Canned Fruit
  • Powdered Milk
  • Cereal
  • Crackers
  • Peanut butter
  • Tea & Coffee
  • Cooking oils

    Other items we are accepting:

  • Personal Care Products (Deodorants, lotions, dental care, hair care, shaving needs, laundry detergent)
  • Diapers (any size)
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Latex gloves
  • Paper & Plastic bags to distribute food
  • Cardboard Boxes to distribute food
  • Lysol/Clorox wipes
  • Large size diapers (size 4-6)

If you have any questions, or would like to learn more about volunteering for our Curbside Food Bank,  please do not hesitate to ask:

 [email protected].

If you are in a position to give back to the community, please join us!

To stay up to date on available community resources, please visit our website at: We will continue to add more information as it becomes available.



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Richmond BizSense Reporting: T-Mobile is Hanging Up on Stony Point Fashion Park

Another national chain has left the Southside mall.




From Richmond

The wireless carrier permanently shuttered its store at the Southside mall in late December. A company spokeswoman didn’t specify what motivated the decision.

“We have a number of stores in this area within just a few miles, so as part of our normal course of business we closed this store on Dec. 27, 2020,” the T-Mobile spokeswoman said in an email last week.



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