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
Westover Hills is the New Home for Rage
Destruction in a safe and controlled manner could be just what your mental health needs.
The current mystery on everybody’s mind is what will be going into the former Ireland Cleaners at the corner of Forest Hill Avenue and Westover Hills Boulevard. Well, that mystery is solved thanks to some incredible detective work (I opened Facebook and read a post) by yours truly.
It will be the new location of Rage RVA. A spot where you can get your aggression out without harming anyone or destroying any of your precious tchotchkes. In the safe confines of a room, with all the proper protection you can go full Office Space on a printer.
That’s not all. If your expression tends to the more creative side there will also be Splatter RVA on site. Which will, you guessed it, splatter or spray paint to your art’s content.
It isn’t common neighborhood knowledge, but back in 2019 my family and I launched RageRVA out of our garage in Forest Hill. If you’re not familiar, a rage room is a space to safely get your emotions out through breaking glass, dishes, electronics or cars. However, don’t let the word rage confuse you – most of our customers aren’t raging, they’re celebrating!
We’ve hosted bachelor, bachelorette, wedding, birthday and divorce parties. While we quickly realized it was going to need its own space, Forest Hill remains very special to us, so I’m delighted to let you be the first to know that we’re coming back. We have signed a lease on the former Ireland Cleaners and plan to open in early August.
In addition to our RageRVA experience we’re also launching our latest entertainment – Splatter RVA – to share the space. Have an event or enjoy your birthday with us, throwing or spraying neon paint in our blacklight paint room to create a one of a kind masterpiece on a canvas you get to take home! We’ll begin booking fall birthday celebrations in our new party room shortly.
I believe we’ll be a great neighbor as the majority of our guests travel to RageRVA from outside of Richmond then stay in the area to enjoy a meal. We’ve had guests travel from as far as Boston to experience a session with us, and I hope you’ll consider us for your next special occasion.
I plan to have a socially distant grand opening once we’ve had a chance to settle in, stay tuned!
Critters of the Week
A wild critter we spotted in the RVA area and a critter up for adoption by SPCA or RACC.
Shout out to @Vanjester on Instagram or donated her awesome photo of the opossum. Check out her Instagram it’s one of our favorites.
Where Spotted: Southside
Common Name: Opossum
Scientific Name: Didelphis virginiana
Length: 2.5 feet (76 centimeters), nose to tail
Weight: 8.8 to 13.2 lbs. (4 to 6 kilograms)
Quick Facts (more than usual)
- North America’s only marsupial (female has a pouch) mammal. The female carries and nurses her young in her marsupium until they are about 2 to 3 months old; then they are carried on her back another 1 to 2 months whenever they are away from the den.
- When threatened or harmed, they will “play possum”, mimicking the appearance and smell of a sick or dead animal. This physiological response is involuntary (like fainting), rather than a conscious act. When an opossum is “playing possum”, the animal’s lips are drawn back, the teeth are bared, saliva foams around the mouth, the eyes close or half-close, and a foul-smelling fluid is secreted from the anal glands.
- Opossums eat dead animals, insects, rodents and birds. They also feed on eggs, frogs, plants, fruits and grain. One source notes their need for high amounts of calcium. To fulfill this need, opossums eat the skeletal remains of rodents and roadkill animals. Opossums also eat dog food, cat food and human food waste.
- Opossums are also notable for their ability to clean themselves of ticks, which they then eat. Some estimates suggest they can eliminate up to 5,000 ticks in a season.
- Many large opossums (Didelphini) are immune to the venom of rattlesnakes and pit vipers (Crotalinae) and regularly prey upon these snakes.
- The Virginia opossum was once widely hunted and consumed in the United States. Opossum farms have been operated in the United States in the past.
Skittles at Richmond SPCA
Hello everybody! My name is Skittles and I am always ready to make a statement. I know it is time to break out the trumpets and play the bugles because I am ready to prance into my own adoption parade! If you like to have fun and smile a lot, I am just the girl for you. We could have a downright blast together and I am becoming giddy by the minute simply thinking of how many photo albums we can fill together. I am waiting right here, at the Richmond SPCA!Age: 6 years, 1 month
Gender: Spayed Female
Color: Brown / White
To reduce visitor traffic, during the COVID-19 outbreak they are scheduling adoption appointments beginning Tuesday, March 17, 2020. Please leave your phone number in a voicemail or email and an adoption counselor will call to set an appointment for you to meet with a pet. Email the adoption center or call 804-521-1307.
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Help Map Out All Richmond’s Bike Parking Spots
Find out where to park and add spots in which to park your bicycle.
A virtual hat tip to CHPN for posting about this project. This could definitely help out our area. Just so you know it’s an app for both your Apple and Google based products.