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)|
Nathan Burrell Leaving City Parks and Recreation for State Gig
When Nathan moves into his state position at the end of the month, the city will have to work hard to find a worthy replacement.
Anybody that has done any significant amount of volunteering in James River Park has run across Nathan Burrell. He’s one of those hard-working, kind of quiet guys that simply gets things done. Thoughtful and passionate he has been a part of the park system for the past 17 years.
Nathan took over as Superintendent of the Park system in 2013 after equally well-known Ralph White retired. Most recently in 2018, Nathan was promoted to facilities maintenance manager of the city parks department. This chapter of his professional life is coming to a close. Yesterday he announced that he would be leaving the parks department to take a job with the state government as deputy director with the Department of Conservation and Recreation.
Nathan’s last day will be January 29th, if you seem out in the park be sure to give him a hearty thank you from all of us that use the park on a daily basis.
He said he accepted the new job “with a heavy heart and gratitude.”
Burrell said that over the past 17 years, he had witnessed Richmond change from a “capital of the South” mentality to a city that sees itself as one of the best places to live, work and play in the nation, which is related to enjoying and preserving James River Park.
He mentioned several improvements at the park during his time, including “the development of over 40 miles of single track trails, multiple river access points, the development of a mountain bike skills course, legitimization and expansion of a bike jump park, increased operational and capital funding for James River Park System and … a master plan to guide and further protect it into the future.”
Detour on Buttermilk
The trail will remain the same once the work is completed. They’re just taking care of a ramp that’s seen better days.
ATTENTION: There will be a detour in effect on Buttermilk starting tomorrow and lasting several weeks. The wood and brick ramp just west of the Reedy Creek parking lot is being completely re-built. The detour is well-marked, just follow the yellow arrows and signs. This project is being completely funded by a generous donation to RVA-MORE from an individual who wishes to remain anonymous. Thanks to all to helped make this happen !!
Richmond BizSense.com Reporting on Continental Coming to Manchester
A new restaurant for the Manchester area.
The Continental Westhampton is a staple for diners on Grove. Eventually, those of us South of the river will have our very own Continental to call our own at 609 Hull Street. Continental brings to the table a diverse menu that you can check out here. I highly recommend the meatloaf.
Giavos said Continental Manchester will be a similar concept to his Continental Westhampton that’s been open for eight years along the Libbie-Grove corridor.
“We decided to take the ‘W’ in Continental Westhampton and flip it upside down for Manchester,” he said.
“It’ll be neighborhood-friendly, accessible, not too expensive. Hopefully it’ll be good for that neighborhood. There are so many young professionals over there, hopefully I can bring something that’s a needed commodity.”
According to the article no date is set for projected opening.