The Kickers ended the season with a convincing win. They dominated every statistic on Saturday night but the victory was bittersweet.
Defender Braedon Troyer announced his retirement earlier in the week. Braedon spent his five-year professional career in a Kickers uniform. A severe injury last year put his career into doubt but he decided to come back for one more year. He was always a solid defender, with a great smile, and kindness off the field that charmed fans and staff alike. On the field he was a fearless defender and earned his own, chant by the Red Army, “Braedon Troyer, he’s a Warrior”. He’ll definitely be missed on and off the field.
Official Kickers Summary
The Richmond Kickers (9-14-5) closed out the 2019 USL League One season Saturday night at City Stadium behind a 2-0 victory over Orlando City B (4-20-4). Conor Shanosky found the back of the net in the 31st minute, followed by Charles Boateng five minutes later. Mutaya Mwape assisted on both goals. Braeden Troyer finished his professional career with a victory after wearing the captain’s armband.
Just a minute into the match, Braden Troyer nearly put the Kickers up 1-0 early. Nick Retzlaff sent a corner kick in towards the near post. Troyer broke free of his defender to get a header on the ball. His shot grazed the top of the crossbar and out for a goal kick.
Braeden Troyer got involved again in the 15th minute looking for the opener. He picked up control of the ball on the right wing. As he turned, he quickly fed the ball through to Greg Boehme going for goal. His shot was saved by Chrsitian Herrera.
Wahab Ackwei had a last ditch block in the 19th minute to keep Orlando off the board. Thiago Souza pounced on an errant pass took a chance on goal. Ackwei made a run to get a foot on the ball before it slipped in for the opener.
The Kickers kept searching for an opener in the 26th minute. Nick Retzlaff served in a free kick from the left wing. Wahab Ackwei made the far post run and got a head on the ball, putting his shot just wide.
Back to back chances came for Richmond in the 26th minute. Nick Retzlaff looked to connect with a center back at the back post again. Retzlaff chipped in a pass that Conor Shanosky was able to catch on the volley, only to have his shot blocked out by Herrera. Mutaya Mwape sent in the ensuing corner kick for Braeden Troyer. He put his header towards goal, only putting it just wide.
The Kickers would finally break through the deadlock in the 31st minute. Mutaya Mwape stood over a free kick on the left side. He was able to find Conor Shanosky at the far post for a header, that found the back of the net for his first goal of the season.
Charles Boateng made it 2-0 for Richmond only five minutes later. Mutaya Mwape looked for space across the top of the box. He cut over to the left wing. As he looked up, Charles Boateng was making a run inside box. The two connected as Boateng slid in for the second goal of the night and his second of the season.
Matt Bolduc had a pair of chances in the 68th minute. Mutaya Mwape sent the ball out to Bolduc on the right edge of the box. He looked to sneak in a shot before he reached the endline. Herrera made the save as the ball bounced back out for Bolduc. The midfielder looked to turn towards goal, instead spinning the opposite way to get into nearly the same spot before going for a shot again, this time with Herrera pushing it out for a corner.
Two minutes before the end of the 90, Akira Fitzgerald came up with a massive save. Rafael Santos slipped through into the Kickers box.
|TEAM||FIRST HALF||SECOND HALF||FINAL|
Richmond GK Akira Fitzgerald, Matt Bolduc, Conor Shanosky, Wahab Ackwei, Zach Perez (64’ – Josh Hughes), Nick Retzlaff (72’ – Ryley Kraft), Braeden Troyer (90’ – Justin Grove), Greg Boehme, Mutaya Mwape, Daniel Jackson, Charles Boateng
Unused Substitutes: Matt Broomall, Dennis Chin, Justin Grove, Luke Pavone, Jannik Eckenrode
Orlando GK Christian Herrera, Randy Mendoza, Brandon John, Jordan Hill, Leonardo Da Silva Simas, Austin Amer, Tanner Hummel (45’ – Tresor Mbuyu), Rafael Santos, William Bagrou, Thiago De Souza, Luc Granitur (69’ – Steven Hernandez)
Unused Substitutes: Juliano Chade, Ates Diouf, Lucas Ontivero
|31′||RIC||Conor Shanosky (Mutaya Mwape)|
|36′||RIC||Charles Boateng (Mutaya Mwape)|
Assistant Referees: Max Smith, Andrew Charron
Fourth Official: Otto Leon
Weather: Partly Sunny, 65 ºF
Reforest Richmond Wants to Give you an Eastern Redbud Seedling
You get a tree, you get a tree, everyone gets a tree.
Trees make life better. Arbor Day is officially on April 30th but many cities including Richmond celebrate it in late Autumn. As part of this year’s Arbor celebration, Reforest Richmond and the City of Richmond are giving away 10,000 free Eastern Redbud seedlings at citywide pickup sites.
Why are Eastern Redbuds special?
Eastern Redbuds are fantastic understory trees known for their heart-shaped leaves and pink flowers. They are native to the Richmond region and a fantastic source of food and habitat for local birds and pollinating insects.
Watering: Keeping your baby trees watered is important during their first year. One heavy watering every week is ideal. Keep the soil and mulch moist but not soggy. The water should soak into the soil and mulch, but avoid watering so much that you see standing water.
Location: Redbuds love both shady and sunny spots. They live happily under the shade of larger overstory trees or in full sun. Redbuds top out at 25’ tall and are low maintenance and can be planted individually or in little groups.
The bright pink flowers that cover the twigs in spring are edible and somewhat tangy. Great for salads.
Mature Spread: 25 – 35′
Bloom Time: April
Fall Color: Yellow
Tree pickup sites will be open on the following dates at the locations you can see on the map:
- Friday, October 30th + Saturday, October 31st
- Friday, November 6th + Saturday, November 7th
- Friday, November 13th + Saturday, November 14th
Blanchard’s Coffee Opening on Wednesday
If the postcard delivered on Tuesday can be believed they’re opening tomorrow on Wednesday.
The first business in the Hill Standard (everyone calls the Veil Brewing spot) development is supposedly opening tomorrow, Wednesday, November 28th. Although as of 3:10 PM on Tuesday they’re website and they’re Facebook make no mention of the opening or the hours. The Facebook page’s last post was in December of 2019 so don’t go there hoping for up to date information. For reference, the Blanchard’s on Broad is open at 8 AM Monday, Saturday and Sunday. On Tuesday through Friday, they’re open at 7 AM.
Above and below are the photos of the postcard we got in the mail. Good luck coffee drinkers.
Richmond BizSense.com reporting that Billy Pie is Coming to Basic City Beer Co.
Basic City Beer Co. in Manchester has some delicious news to announce, pizza. You might be familiar with Billy Pie if you ever grabbed a pizza at Triple Crossing or hit up their spot on Patterson. Owner of Billy Pie, Bill Fallen hopes to have pizza ready to go in a few weeks.
Fallen eventually linked up with Basic City owner Bart Lanman over the summer. Lanman was already familiar with Fallen’s work and, before long, the two struck a deal for Fallen to open a location in Basic City’s Waynesboro location.
“In our growth plans, the idea has always been to make things as good as we can, or better. This was a step in the ‘or better’ direction,” Lanman said. “To have gone to Triple Crossing a bunch of times and had the pizza that’s high quality and well-executed, I knew it’s a perfect fit for us.”