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Photos and Game Summary: Kickers Fall on the Road Against Chattanooga

It’s rare that our intrepid photographer Suzanne Velasco gets to make it to an away Kickers game. The stars aligned this week so we’ve got some exclusive photos from a game the Kickers would rather forget.

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The Kickers are playing for pride at this point. A first-half red card stacked the deck against the boys in Red and going into the half they were down by 2. The second half improved both defensively and offensively for Richmond but their efforts fell short, losing 2-1.

Official Kickers Summary:

The Richmond Kickers (8-13-5) were defeated on the road by Chattanooga Red Wolves SC (10-8-9) Saturday night at David Stanton Field. The home side took a 2-0 lead into halftime after a penalty from Ualefi and a goal from Sito Seoane. Charles Boateng pulled a goal back for the Kickers in the second half.

Charles Boateng had a shot blocked four minutes into the match. Maxi Rodriguez sprung Dennis Chin on a run up the left wing. He went for the through ball ahead for Boateng as he was getting into the Chattanooga box. The Ghanian tried for a low, near post shot that the Red Wolves keeper was able to block away.

Three minutes later the Kickers went on the attack again. Josh Hughes knocked down an errant Red Wolves pass and quickly got the ball to Maxi Rodriguez. The midfielder drove into the box looking for the space for a shot. With his angle cut, Rodriguez looked for a cross in front of goal that was deflected away for a corner kick.

The Kickers were reduced to ten men in the 23rd minute, leading to a penalty for Chattanooga. Sito Seoane picked up control of the ball and played a pass through for Amirgy Pineda. Braeden Troyer tried to get back in time to get a block in, instead he fouled Pineda from behind. The referee deemed the play a denial of an obvious goal scoring opportunity, sending Troyer off and pointing to the spot. Ualefi stepped up to take the penalty, going to Akira Fitzgerald’s left, despite the keeper guessing correctly.

Akira Fitzgerald needed to come up with a save only two minutes later. Greg Hurst found space for a run, cutting across the top of the Richmond box, going for a shot. Fitzgerald reacted quickly to deflect the shot that Scott Thomsen eventually cleared from danger.

Chattanooga went up 2-0 in the 32nd minute. Richard Dixon got the play going pushing the ball ahead for Vangjel Zguro. He quickly turned to find Seoane making a run in behind the Kickers backline. He fired a shot inside the near post for the second goal of the night.

Richmond had a chance to get back into the match in the 37th minute. Tony Walls was called for a foul on Josh Hughes on the edge of the Red Wolves box. MaxI Rodriguez took the ensuing free kick, putting it just over the bar.

Eli Lockaby had a sneaking chance in the 57th minute. Receiving the ball out wide, it looked like he was going for a cross in towards the back post. When he hit the ball, it arched in towards the upper right corner. Alex Mangels needed to read the play to come up with the save.

Charles Boateng scored his first goal in league play to get the Kickers on the board in the 65th minute. Maxi Rodriguez won the ball in the Kickers end of the field with enough of a touch to get the ball to Mutaya Mwape. The Zambian picked out Boateng with a picture perfect ball. He settled the ball to put it on his left foot and let a shot rip into the back of the net.

Trying to get his second of the night in the 72nd minute, Charles Boateng was only denied by a save from the Red Wolves keeper. Maxi Rodriguez spotted Boateng on the left wing with acres of space. He cut back to create space around his defender and launched a shot. Alex Mangels needed to come up with the big save to prevent the second goal.

With two minutes to go, the Kickers kept pressuring for the equalizer. Josh Hughes controlled the ball on the left flank and quickly put it into the path of Boateng. He charged towards goal. With no defender pressuring, he put a shot on frame that Mangels needed to stop.

The Kickers will close out the 2019 USL League One season with a two match homestand, first hosting Toronto FC II and Breast Cancer Awareness Night Wednesday, October 2. In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, the first 400 fans, ages 14 and up, will be given a Breast Cancer Awareness t-shirt presented by the VCU Massey Cancer Center. The midweek match will also be College Night for all the students in the Richmond area. Students with valid college ids can purchase $6 tickets at the booths outside the stadium. Finally, fans over the age of 21 can take advantage of Happy Hour specials from 5:30-7 p.m. that include $1 PBR can beers and $3 off craft beers and wine. Tickets are available now at RichmondKickers.com.

BOX SCORE

TEAM FIRST HALF SECOND HALF FINAL
Chattanooga 2 0 2
Richmond 0 1 1

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Chattanooga GK Alex Mangels, Jonathan Caparelli, Richard Dixon, Andrew Kendall-Moullin, Tony Walls, Ualefi, Josue Soto (82’ – Alexi Jaimes), Amirgy Pineda, Vangjel Zguro (62 ‘ – Juan Mare), Greg Hurst, Sito Seoane

Unused Substitutes: Will Dieterich, Nicholas Amponsah, James Dell, Yaya Cisse, Eamon Zayed

Richmond GK Akira Fitzgerald, Scott Thomsen, Ivan Magalhaes, Braeden Troyer, Eli Lockaby, Jannik Eckenrode (45’ – Matt Bolduc), Maxi Rodriguez, Josh Hughes, Dennis Chin (45’ – Ryley Kraft), Mutaya Mwape (89 ‘ – Daniel Jackson), Charles Boateng

Unused Substitutes: Joe Rice,  Nick Retzlaff, Greg Boehme

STATISTICS

TEAM SHOTS SAVES FOULS CORNERS
Chattanooga 11 3 17 2
Richmond 13 3 16 7

SCORING SUMMARY

MIN TEAM PLAYER
24′ CHT Ualefi (penalty)
32′ CHT Sito Seoane (Vangjel Zguro)
65′ RIC Charles Boateng (Mutaya Mwape)

CAUTIONS SUMMARY

MIN TEAM PLAYER
28′ RIC Jannik Eckenrode
37′ CHT Andrew Kendall-Moulin
44′ CHT Vangjel Zguro
74′ CHT Tony Walls
89′ CHT Alexi Jaimes
90′ RIC Maxi Rodriguez

EJECTIONS SUMMARY

MIN TEAM PLAYER
23′ RIC Braeden Troyer

MATCH INFORMATION

Referee: Joshua Encarnacion
Assistant Referees: Chris Schurfranz, Zach McWhorter
Fourth Official: Dominic Kennedy
Attendance: 235
Weather: Partly Cloudy, 89 ºF

 

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Photos and Game Summary: Kickers Stumble at Home

The Kickers still control their destiny but Saturday’s loss did not help the cause.

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Official Kickers Game Summary

The Richmond Kickers (7-5-2) were defeated by South Georgia Tormenta FC (4-6-4) 0-1 at City Stadium Saturday night. Marco Micaletto scored the lone goal of the night just before halftime to down Richmond at home.

Scott Thomsen came up with a massive block in the 17th minute to keep Tormenta off the board. Stefan Muells found the space to get a cross in front of goal that seemed to slip through to Marco Micaletto at the back post. He quickly twisted around to go for a shot as Thomsen got his foot in the way for the block.

Emiliano Terzaghi was denied in the first half stoppage from getting the Kickers on the board. Matt Bolduc chipped the ball over the top for Jonathan Bolanos making a run up the right wing. Before reaching the endline, he managed to lay the ball off for Terzaghi. He looked for an opening for a shot that ended up being blocked and eventually cleared.

Tormenta broke the deadlock just before the halftime whistle. Nil Vinyals picked up control of the ball at midfield and made his run right up the center of the pitch. He slotted his pass through as Micalletto got to the ball. His shot skipped under Akira Fitzgerald and into the goal.

A massive save from Fitzgerald kept South Georgia from picking up a second in the 58th minute. Curtis Thorn found the space to get the ball through for Josh Phelps, who attempted to take a one-time shot. Fitzgerald got his body in the way to deflect it away from the Richmond goal.

The woodwork came to the rescue for Richmond in the 74th minute. Ricardo Gomez was able to fight off Stanley Alves and noticed Fitzgerald off his line. He went for the shot from about 30 yards out that pinged off the crossbar and over for a Richmond goal kick.

Matt Bolduc came close to finding an equalizer in the 80th minute. Coming off a goal kick from Fitzgerald, Alves took control of the ball and looked towards goal. Bolduc made a run up the right wing, just in time for Alves to find him. Bolduc cut towards the center of the field looking for an opening. With two defenders on him, he went for the shot that Pablo Jara needed to dive for to deny him.

South Georgia would be reduced to ten men in second half stoppage time. Two minutes after receiving his first yellow card, Micaletto was called for a foul just outside of the Tormenta box. As he got to his feet, he got into an altercation with Bolduc whom he had just fouled. The referee pulled out a second yellow card followed by a red to send him off.

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LINEUPS

Richmond: Akira Fitzgerald, Scott Thomsen, Ivan Magalhaes, Kyle Venter, Matt Bolduc, Victor Falck, Ryley Kraft, Emiliano Terzaghi, Jonathan Bolanos (76’ – David Diosa), Luke Pavone (66’ – Stanley Alves), Oalex Anderson (58’ – Wahab Ackwei)

Unused Substitutes: Lee Johnston, Gianluca Cuomo, Mumbi Kwesele, Greg Boehme

South Georgia: Pablo Jara, Curtis Thorn, Jordan Shelton, Josh Phelps (70’ – Jad Arslan), Lars Eckenrode, Stefan Mueller, Ricardo Gomez (90’ – Lucas Coutinho), Abuchi Obinwa, Nil Vinyals, Daniel Jackson (83’ – Devyn Jambga), Marco Micaletto

Unused Substitutes: Paul Lewis, Rhys Williams, Tunde Akinlosotu, Mikie Rowe

MATCH INFORMATION

Referee: Matt Franz
Assistant Referees: Jonah Kind, William Aten
Fourth Official: Jeffrey Skinker
Attendance: 875
Weather: Clear, 57 ºF

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Preview: Kickers Race for Championship Goes Through Tormenta at Home this Saturday

A win on Saturday will move the Kickers tantalizingly close to a championship game.

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Opponent: Tormenta FC (3-6-4)
Date/Time: Saturday, October 17th, 6:30
Last Result: Kickers 1 – North Texas 2

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Three Things to Kick About

  1. Championship – The Kickers can see the promised land. Two victories out of the final three games put them into the Championship match against Greenville.
  2. Depth – The Kickers had a week off but prior to that had three games in a week. This is another three game week with the added pressure of a berth in the championship on the line. Balancing the need for a win with keeping players fit is a tough challenge. It will be especially interesting to watch how Coach Sawatzky handle subs for this game.
  3. Golden Boot – Emiliano Terzaghi lead with 10 goals. Ricky Lopez-Espin of Fort Lauderdale has 7 goals. Emiliano could realistically wrap up the race with a goal or two on Saturday. A well-deserved honor for a player that has been a revelation for the Kickers this year.

Prediction

I’m not going to pretend to be unbiased (not that I have ever pretended really). I’m going full homer on this win using my own prediction to help propel the Kickers forward.

Kickers 3 – Tormenta 1

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The Richmond Kickers (7-4-2) return home to City Stadium this Saturday night to host South Georgia Tormenta FC (3-6-4), presented by Elephant Insurance. Gates open up at 5:30 p.m. and kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m. The match will air live on WTVR CBS 6.3 (Comcast 206, Verizon FiOS 466) and on ESPN+. A limited number of tickets are still available at RichmondKickers.com/Tickets.

This match will be the fifth all-time meeting between the two clubs. The series between the teams is level with a 1-1-2 record, after the only other match this season back on July 28 where both teams played to a scoreless draw at Erk Russell Park. Akira Fitzgerald came up with a season-high eight saves, with seven of those coming in the second half.

Richmond is coming off a 1-2 road defeat to North Texas SC last Saturday night at Globe Life Park. The home side took a 2-0 lead into halftime after goals from Alex Bruce and Edwin Munjoma. The Kickers responded in the 60th minute after Oalex Anderson was tackled from behind in the North Texas box, forcing the referee to point to the penalty spot. Emiliano Terzaghi stepped up to score his league-leading tenth goal of the season to pull a goal back. Despite some frantic moments late into the match, Richmond could not find the equalizer.

Tormenta FC had a week and a half layoff since their last match, falling 0-1 to FC Tucson at Erk Russell Park back on October 7. Tucson managed to take the lead in the 33rd minute. Samuel Biek played a long ball forward. The Tormenta backline tried to get control of the ball, but it was misplayed a couple times at the back, providing the opening for Azaad Liadi to get to the ball. He picked Giovanni Godoy, who only needed to cut the ball back to his right foot before going for the shot that found the back of the net.

The Kickers have another tight turnaround after Saturday’s match, traveling down to face Orlando City B at Osceola Heritage Park. It is an early 11:00 a.m. kickoff for this match, which will air live on WTVR CBS 6.3 and on ESPN+.

Stay up to date with the latest news from the Kickers at RichmondKickers.com and on the official team app.

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Forward Oalex Anderson (#15) made his first start since joining the Kickers late in the season. The Saint Vincent and the Grenadines international drew the penalty that set up the goal for Richmond at North Texas. Midfielder Jonathan Bolanos (#17) nabbed Team of the Week honors this week after his two goal performance against Orlando City B last Wednesday night. The rookie has made 12 appearances, including five starts and contributed an assist to go with his two goals. Midfielder Ryley Kraft (#98) is tied for third overall in USL League One for assists with four this season. He has two goals this season, both of which were game-winners.

South Georgia Tormenta FC

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div>Midfielder Luca Mayr (#7) leads Tormenta in scoring this season with three goals in 13 matches. He is also tied on the team with one assist in his second professional season. Midfielder Marco Micaletto (#10) is tied for the assist lead for the club with two assists, along with Ricardo Gomez. Micaletto is in his second season with Tormenta after signing with the club from the club’s second team in USL League Two, South Georgia Tormenta FC 2. Goalkeeper Pablo Jara (#1) sits in third in USL League One with 39 saves this season. Jara is another product of Tormenta FC 2 and is also in his second season with the club.

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Photos and Game Summary: First Half Dooms Orlando

Kickers bounce back from Saturday’s loss with a decisive win last night.

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TEAM SCORE GOALSCORERS
RICHMOND KICKERS

(7-3-2, 23 points)

2
Bolanos 27’, 43’
ORLANDO CITY B

(1-8-3, 6 points)

1
Rivera (Rosales) 90’

The Richmond Kickers (7-3-2) picked up the 2-1 victory at City Stadium Wednesday night over Orlando City B (1-8-3). Jonathan Bolanos scored his first two professional goals in the first half to lead the Kickers to all three points. Orlando would get a goal back in stoppage time from Wilfredo Rivera.

Eight minutes into the match a pair of blocks prevented Orlando from getting a shot off. The first came when Kenji Tanaka looked for a break on goal. Kyle Venter made sure to get a foot in his path to poke away the ball. Greg Boehme followed up, sliding through Raul Aguilera to stop the chance.

The Kickers nearly got on the board in the 13th minute. Scott Thomsen served in a bending free kick from the left wing into the back post. Ivan Magalhães got his head on the ball, as his shot skipped just wide of the Orlando goal.

The first professional goal for Jonathan Bolanos broke the deadlock after 27 minutes. Ryley Kraft served in a corner kick that found Magalhães at the back post. He headed the ball back in front of goal trying to pick out Kyle Venter as Orlando thought they had cleared it. Bolanos met the ball at the top of the box, going for a rocket of a shot that made no mistake finding the back of the net.

Bolanos converted from the penalty spot to net a brace in the 43rd minute. Magalhães played the ball long for Bolanos to make a run into the Orlando box. Just before he reached the ball, Franklin Carabalí tripped Bolanos, forcing the referee to point to the spot. Having been fouled, Bolanos called to take the penalty, putting it straight down the middle of the goal to make it 2-0 to Richmond.

Orlando had to play the final 22 minutes of the match down a man after a red card. After picking up a yellow card in the first half, Moises Tablante was called for a foul in the 68th minute on Matt Bolduc. The referee issued the second yellow followed by the red to send him off.

The visitors would pull back a goal in stoppage time. Wilfredo Rivera chipped the ball out for Jonathan Rosales on the right. He took a touch before playing the ball right back into the box, finding Rivera making the run in. He got enough of a touch on the ball to put it just out of the reach of Akira Fitzgerald.

The Kickers are right back at it Saturday night, as they hit the road to face reigning champions North Texas SC at Globe Life Park. Kickoff for that match is set for 8:00 p.m. ET and will be available to watch live on WTVR CBS 6.3 and on ESPN+.

Stay up to date with the latest news from the Kickers at RichmondKickers.com and on the official team app.
BOX SCORE
TEAM FIRST HALF SECOND HALF FINAL
Richmond 2 0 2
Orlando 0 1 1

LINEUPS

Richmond: Akira Fitzgerald, Scott Thomsen, Ivan Magalhães, Kyle Venter, Matt Bolduc (73’ – Wahab Ackwei), Victor Falck, Ryley Kraft (61’ – Oalex Anderson), Greg Boehme, Jonathan Bolanos (73’ – Hassan Pinto), Emiliano Terzaghi (82’ – Gianluca Cuomo), Luke Pavone (61’ – Stanley Alves)

Unused Substitutes: Lee Johnston, Mutaya Mwape

Orlando: Austin Aviza, Juan Pablo Monticelli, Franklin Carabali (59’ – Thomas Williams), Jonathan Rosales, Moises Tablante, Raul Aguilera, Wilfredo Rivera, Kenji Tanaka, Teddy Ndje (45’ – Austin Amer), Mason Lamb (45’ – Daniel Rosario), Aleksandar Gluvacevic (45’ – Julian Kennedy)

Unused Substitutes: Russell Robles

STATISTICS

TEAM SHOTS SAVES FOULS CORNERS
Richmond 16 0 9 5
Orlando 4 5 19 0

SCORING SUMMARY

MIN TEAM PLAYER
27′ RIC Jonathan Bolanos (unassisted)
43′ RIC Jonathan Bolanos (penalty)
90′ ORL Wilfred Rivera (Jonathan Rosales)

CAUTIONS SUMMARY

MIN TEAM PLAYER
35′ ORL Moises Tablante
37′ ORL Teddy Ndje
45′ ORL Mason Lamb
67′ RIC Jonathan Bolanos
68′ ORL Moises Tablante

EJECTIONS SUMMARY

MIN TEAM PLAYER
68′ ORL Moises Tablante

MATCH INFORMATION

Referee: John Matto
Assistant Referees: Jeffery Skinker, William Aten
Fourth Official: Nickrod Fateh
Attendance: 626
Weather: Sunny, 76 ºF

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