Richmond Kickers – 2
(6-9-4, 22 points, 9th)
Toronto FC II – 2
(6-8-6, 24 points, 8th)
All photos by Suzanne Velasco
In soccer many times a draw feels like a victory. This was not the case on Saturday night for the Richmond Kickers. The Kickers scored two goals in the first half and a much needed fourth victory looked to be in the making. Defensive mistakes in the second half allowed Toronto to equalize and the playoff path for the Kicker just became that much harder.
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OFFICIAL KICKERS SUMMARY
The Richmond Kickers (6-9-4) extend their unbeaten streak to four matches following a 2-2 draw with Toronto FC II (6-8-6) in front of over 4,000 at City Stadium Saturday night. Daniel Jackson found the back of the net twice in the first half to put Richmond up heading into the halftime break. Toronto pulled level in the second half behind goals from Jordan Perruzza and Terique Mohammed.
The Kickers got on the scoresheet after just five minutes through Daniel Jackson. Joe Gallardo waited for Maxi Rodriguez to get in place for a run inside the box. Beating Patrick Bunk-Andersen to slide in, Rodriguez gets enough on the ball to pop it up high. The ball came down at the back post, where Josh Hughes could get a head on the ball to bring it down for Matt Bolduc at the top of the box. Going for the shot, the ball took a slight deflection to fall to the feet of Jackson, who just need to redirect the ball in for his second goal in two matches.
Toronto found a chance in the 13th minute only to be denied by Akira Fitzgerald. Griffin Dorsey made a run up the left wing. Able to keep control of the ball, he went for the near post shot only to have Fitzgerald there for the stop.
Daniel Jackson doubled the Richmond lead in the 23rd minute. Joe Gallardo picked the pocket of Themi Antonoglou, and quickly turned to slot the pass through for Jackson. Rocco Romeo slid in trying to make the tackle, as Jackson came away with the ball and open space in front of him. Caleb Patterson-Sewell came off his line to cut down the angle. Jackson only needed to calmly put it to the right of the keeper and into the back of the net for his second of the night.
Toronto pulled a goal back in the 53rd minute from a free kick. Conor Shanosky stepped in the way of Jordan Perruzza as the referee whistled for the foul just outside of the Richmond box. Perruzza stepped up to take the free kick and managed to get the shot under the wall and out of the reach of the Kickers keeper.
Back to back saves from Akira Fitzgerald kept Toronto from a second goal just a minute later. Jacob Shaffelburg whipped in a cross that got through a pack and found Noble Okello. Fitzgerald made the stop on the attempt from Okello. The ball bounced out for Jordan Perruzza to get a head on it as Fitzgerald came up with the point blank save.
Toronto leveled the score in the 87th minute from another set piece. Matthew Srbely stood over a free kick on the left side. He floated the ball in towards the far post right as Terique Mohammed broke through the Kickers defense to head home the game tying goal.
The Kickers head back to face Forward Madison FC next Saturday night at Breese Stevens Field. That kickoff is set for 8:00 p.m. and will be available on WTVR CBS 6.3 (Comcast 206, Verizon FiOS 466) and streaming online on ESPN+. Stay up to date on all of the Kickers news at RichmondKickers.com.
|TEAM||FIRST HALF||SECOND HALF||FINAL|
Richmond GK Akira Fitzgerald, Ivan Magalhães, Conor Shanosky, Wahab Ackwei, Josh Hughes, Braeden Troyer, Maxi Rodriguez (64’ – Jannik Eckenrode), Eli Lockaby, Matt Bolduc (86’ – Scott Thomsen), Daniel Jackson, Joe Gallardo (74’ – Charles Boateng)
Unused Substitutes: Joe Rice, Dennis Chin, Greg Boehme, Mutaya Mwape
Toronto GK Caleb Patterson-Sewell, Griffin Dorsey, Rocco Romeo, Patrick Bunk-Anderson, Themi Antonoglou (64’ – Terique Mohammed), Noble Okello (67’ – Luca Petrasso), Ralph Priso-Mbongue (77’ – Adolfo Ovalle), Matthew Srbely, Ayo Akinola, Jordan Perruzza, Jacob Shaffelburg
Unused Substitutes: Eric Klenofsky, Gideon Waja, Jordan Faria, Jayden Nelson
|5′||RIC||Daniel Jackson (Matt Bolduc)|
|23′||RIC||Daniel Jackson (Joe Gallardo)|
|54′||TOR||Jordan Perruzza (unassisted)|
|87′||TOR||Terique Mohammed (Matthew Srbely)|
Virtual Carter Jones/Fonticello Playground Meeting – Kids Encouraged to Attend
Parks, Recreations, and Community Facilities (PRCF) Department will be meeting virtually with community members to discuss possible replacement designs of the playground equipment in Carter Jones/Fonticello Park.
Chris Schwartz from the City of Richmond’s Parks, Recreations, and Community Facilities (PRCF) Department will be meeting virtually with community members to discuss and review possible replacement designs of the playground equipment in Carter Jones/Fonticello Park.
The equipment was removed due safety concerns after being vandalized late last year. The replacement equipment once selected and funded will be moved to the New Master plan location to start the Markiya Simone Dickson Imagination Zone. The park master plans will be posted in the comments of the event link.
We are encouraging KIDS ages 5-12 to attend this meeting. Chris says he always gets the best playground feedback from them.
When: Saturday, January 23, 2021 – 10am
Topic: Carter Jones / Fonticello Playground Meeting
Please click the link below to join the webinar:
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Webinar ID: 817 9689 0700
Councilperson Kristen Larson’s Statement on Full Traffic Signal at Huguenot and Cherokee
Between 2015 and 2018, there were 26 vehicle crashes at the Huguenot and Cherokee intersection.
Statement from Councilperson Kristen Larson:
Dear 4th District Neighbors:
I am writing to update you on the proposed full traffic signal at the intersection of Huguenot and Cherokee Roads. More than a year ago, on August 19, 2019, I hosted a meeting at the Huguenot Community Center to discuss the Department of Public Works’ (DPW) proposal for the signal. Travis Bridewell, the City’s Traffic Engineering Operations Manager, presented the proposal along with crash data justifying DPW’s support of the project. Between 2015 and 2018, there were 26 vehicle crashes at the Huguenot and Cherokee intersection. Since that meeting, our office has heard from many of you with safety concerns from drivers and bicyclists who pass through this well-trafficked area.
I realize that there are a number of residents who are concerned that the installation of a full traffic signal at this intersection might increase traffic volume and speeds along Cherokee Road. Fortunately, DPW will be installing 2 speed tables on Cherokee Road this spring which will help to slow and deter traffic. This was an option that was discussed at the meeting in 2019.
Based on the traffic crash data and the community feedback I have received over the past year, I am in full support of the Huguenot/Cherokee full traffic signal which will include ADA ramps, pedestrian countdown signals, and ladder crosswalks. The project is not currently funded, but I have expressed my support for it in forthcoming budgets.
Please feel free to email comments or questions to [email protected] or call (804) 646-5646.
James River Park Hits an Impressive 2 Million Visitors for 2020
If you thought the park felt more crowded this year, you were right.
What’s your favorite spot? Pony Pasture/Wetlands is high as is Reedy Creek.