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GAME SUMMARY & PHOTOS: Chattanooga Coasts to Victory

The Kickers have not won in over a month and only scored 2 goals in the past 5 games.

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RICHMOND KICKERS: 0
(3-6-3, 12 points, 8th)

Chattanooga FC: 2
Goals by: Pineda (Seoane) 63’, Seoane (Pineda) 90’
(4-4-3, 15 points, 5th)

Attendance: 4,233 (Last Home Attendance: 4,514)

All photos by Suzane Velasco










The 2018 the Richmond Kickers had 4 wins and 13 pts from their first 12 games. In 2019 they have 3 wins and 12 pts from their first 12 games. The coach, team, and fans are all frustrated. The system of possession style, play it out of the back that Coach Bulow has in his mind doesn’t appear to possible for this group of players.

There would be a glimmer of hope if the team had the slightest offensive spark but over the past month, that spark has been thoroughly extinguished. The Kickers took an impressive 16 shots on Saturday but few were dangerous and some were comical. Out of the 10 teams in the league, the Kickers are tied for 8th in goals scored with 11. North Texas sits at the top of the league with 23.

The only bit of good news is that several of the teams above the Kickers tied so they remain only 3 points out of a playoff spot.

Coach Bulow has no immediate answer but hints at changes.


OFFICIAL KICKERS SUMMARY

The Richmond Kickers (3-6-2) were defeated at home by Chattanooga Red Wolves SC (4-4-3) Saturday night. Amirgy Pineda and Sito Seoane each had a goal and assist to down the Kickers at City Stadium.

The Kickers had a chance to get on the scoresheet eleven minutes into the match. Eli Lockaby sprung Mutaya Mwape on a run into the Chattanooga box. Mwape looked to whip the ball in from the endline trying to get the ball in front of goal, forcing Mangels off his line for the stop.

A set piece for the Kickers in the 17th minute was denied by the Red Wolves keeper. Maxi Rodriguez looked to play a ball out wide for Mutaya Mwape as Ualefi slid in for a late challenge to set up the free kick. Joe Gallardo stepped up and put his kick on frame. Alex Mangels managed to come up with the save and prevent the goal.

The crossbar came to the rescue for Richmond in the 22nd minute. Vangjel Zguro picked up control of the ball on wide on the left flank. He managed to get a cross into the back post for Conor Doyle to hit with a diving header. The shot hit off the crossbar as the Kickers cleared the ball out of danger.

Mutaya Mwape had a shot that Alex Mangels needed to come up with a save in the 33rd minute. Conor Shanosky sent the ball up the right wing for Eli Lockaby. The VCU product took a touch back to get away from his defender and lay the ball off for Mwape. Taking a touch, the Zambian went for the shot towards the near post just as Mangels dove to his left to make the save.

Just before halftime, the Kickers nearly snatched the lead. Maxi Rodriguez switched up the play to get the ball out to Joe Gallardo on the right wing. Gallardo snuck in a cross to Dennis Chin making a near post run as the forward put his shot just on the wrong side of the post.

Chattanooga broke the deadlock in the 63rd minute. Sito Seoane got in behind the Kickers backline making a run up the left wing. He stopped his run with Wahab Ackwei pressuring, giving himself enough space to play the quick pass for Amirgy Pineda. He chipped his shot just inside the far post for the opener.

Six minutes later, Joe Gallardo looked to level the score for Richmond. Scott Thomsen played the ball forward for to Gallardo at the top of the Chattanooga box. He cut across the Red Wolves 18 and launched a shot on target, with the Chattanooga keeper going for save.

Red Wolves SC doubled their lead in stoppage time. A free kick for Chattanooga was taken quickly by Sito Seoane as he played a light touch to Ualefi. He fed the ball up the field for Amirgy Pineda, who just took a touch for Seoane making a run towards goal. Getting around a challenge from Ackwei, Seoane went for the shot at a tough angle getting past Akira Fitzgerald and into the far post netting for the second goal of the night.

The Kickers hit the road for two straight matches on the road, with their first trip down to Erk Russell Park to take on South Georgia Tormenta FC Saturday, June 22 at 8:00 p.m. Next up, the Kickers will make the trek to face Chattanooga the following Saturday, June 29 at 7:00 p.m. This game will be available on WTVR CBS 6.3 (Comcast 206, Verizon FiOS 466), along with both matches being available to stream online on ESPN+. Stay up to date with all of the Kickers news at RichmondKickers.com.

BOX SCORE

TEAM FIRST HALF SECOND HALF FINAL
Richmond 0 0 0
Chattanooga 0 2 2

LINEUPS

Richmond GK Akira Fitzgerald, Scott Thomsen, Wahab Ackwei, Conor Shanosky, Eli Lockaby, Maxi Rodriguez, Nick Retzlaff, Josh Hughes (67’ – Matt Bolduc), Joe Gallardo, Mutaya Mwape, Dennis Chin (61’ – Daniel Jackson)

Unused Substitutes: Joe Rice, Ivan Magalhães, Luke Pavone, Jannik Eckenrode, Braeden Troyer

Chattanooga GK Alex Mangels, Vangjel Zguro, Nicholas Amponsah, Daniel Navarro, Tony Walls, Ualefi Dos Reis, Conor Doyle, Amirgy Pineda, Steven Beattie, Jonathan Caparelli (77’ – Josue Soto), Juan Mare (61’ – Sito Seoane)

Unused Substitutes: Will Dieterich, Alexi Jaimes, Yaya Cisse

STATISTICS

TEAM SHOTS SAVES FOULS CORNERS
Richmond 16 1 11 3
Chattanooga 10 4 22 1

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Arrest Made in Forest Hill Avenue Shooting

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From RPD:

Richmond Police detectives have identified the victim in Thursday’s homicide on Forest Hill Avenue as Candace Gomness, 23, of Chesterfield.

At approximately 3:13 p.m., officers were called to the 4000 block of Forest Hill Avenue for the report of random gunfire. Officers arrived and located a vehicle on West 44th Street which had collided with a curb and stopped near the intersection with Forest Hill Avenue.

An adult male and an adult female, Gomness, two occupants of the vehicle, were both suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. They were transported to a local hospital where Gomness succumbed to her injury. The male’s injury is not considered life threatening.

Miguel Rampersad, 20, of Richmond has been charged with Attempted Murder and Use of Firearm in the Commission of a Felony. Additional charges are pending.

The Medical Examiner will determine the cause and manner of death.

Major Crimes detectives believe the shooting may have occurred in the 4000 block of Forest Hill Avenue, near the intersection of Roanoke Street.

Anyone with information about this homicide is asked to contact Major Crimes Detective B. Neifeld at (804) 646-3246 or Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000. The P3 Tips Crime Stoppers app for smartphones also may be used. All Crime Stoppers reporting methods are anonymous.

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Forest Hill Avenue Shooting Kills Woman and Injures Male

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At approximately 3:13 p.m., (Thursday) officers were called to the 4000 block of Forest Hill Avenue for the report of random gunfire. Officers arrived and located a vehicle on West 44th Street which had collided with a curb and stopped near the intersection with Forest Hill Avenue.

An adult male and an adult female, two occupants of the vehicle, were both suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. They were transported to a local hospital where the female succumbed to her injury. The male’s injury is not considered life threatening.

The Medical Examiner will determine the cause and manner of death.

Major Crimes detectives believe the shooting may have occurred in the 4000 block of Forest Hill Avenue, near the intersection of Roanoke Street.

Anyone with information about this death investigation is asked to contact Major Crimes Detective B. Neifeld at (804) 646-3246 or Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000. The P3 Tips Crime Stoppers app for smartphones also may be used. All Crime Stoppers reporting methods are anonymous.

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One of RVA’s best kept secrets in the wonderful world of Reggae sounds. MITP is proud to introduce you to Unity Sound Reggae Band. Classic, old-school Reggae is the template here. Perfect for a sultry August evening. This Sunday, Forest Hill Park at 6 PM and it’s free as always.

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