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Photos and Game Summary: Spiders Fall to St. Louis

A poor second half and missed three-pointers lead to Spider defeat.

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University of Richmond (12-4,2-1 Atlantic 10): 58
Saint Louis (14-3,3-1 Atlantic 10): 74

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Official UR Game Summary:

The University of Richmond men’s basketball team was on the wrong end of a 21-2 second-half run that spurred Saint Louis to a 74-58 win over the Spiders at the Robins Center Saturday. The loss snapped Richmond’s eight-game home win streak.

The Spiders (12-4, 2-1 in the Atlantic 10) struggled shooting in the loss, connecting on just 39.7 percent (23-of-58) from the field and only 19.0 percent (4-of-21) from three-point range. Richmond was also out-scored 48-26 in the paint as the Billikens finished the game shooting 50.9 percent (28-of-55) from the field, with many of their shots coming at or near the basket. Saint Louis (14-3, 3-1) forced the Spiders into 15 turnovers while getting a game-high 26 points from Jordan Goodwin, who shot 10-19 from the field and played all 40 minutes.

Junior guard Nick Sherod (Richmond, Va.) became the fourth active Spider to reach the 1,000-career point mark as he finished with a team-high 17 points. Sherod joined the club with a three-pointer in the second half and now has 1,003 career points. Richmond is the only team in NCAA Division I this year that has four 1,000 career point scorers on the roster.

Junior guard Jacob Gilyard (Kansas City, Mo.) became the program’s all-time leader in career steals early in the second half, surpassing the previous record held by Greg Beckwith (227). Gilyard finished the game with three steals, raising his career mark to 230. He entered the game ranked first in NCAA Division I this season averaging 3.33 steals per game.

The first half saw the two teams unable to separate from each other as neither team was able to build more than a five-point advantage. Saint Louis held a 16-12 lead at the 11:49 mark before the Spiders scored four-straight from junior forward Grant Golden (Winchester, Va.), including a three-point play in the paint. The Billikens retook the lead at 25-20 before the Spiders posted a 11-4 run, taking a 31-29 lead in the last minute of the half. Freshman Tyler Burton (Uxbridge, Mass.) had the energy-providing play during the run, converting a three-point play down low to tie the game at 29-29. The teams went into the locker room deadlocked at 31-31.

Richmond took a 43-37 lead early in the second half, courtesy of a 10-2 run. Sherod scored five-straight from the post during the stretch, while junior guard Blake Francis (Herndon, Va.) nailed a three-pointer in transition to extend the lead. Saint Louis came right back and scored the game’s next 10 points on its way to a 21-2 run that gave the Billikens a 58-45 lead with 6:57 remaining. Richmond began to foul to force the Billikens, who entered the game shooting 57 percent from the free-throw line, to the charity stripe. But Saint Louis shot 14-18 from the foul line in the second half to keep Richmond from threatening down the stretch.

The Spiders hit the road for a pair of games next week, beginning Tuesday night when they visit Davidson. Game time is set for 7 p.m. and will be nationally televised on ESPNU.

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Richard Hayes is the co-founder of RVAHub. When he isn't rounding up neighborhood news, he's likely watching soccer or chasing down the latest and greatest board game.

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Photos and Game Summary: Kickers Open Season with a Win in New England

RVAHub is the only local organization to get pictures of the Kickers home opener.

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Official Richmond Kickers Summary

NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION II
(1-1-0, 3 points)
0
RICHMOND KICKERS
(1-0-0, 3 points)
3 Bolanos (Gonzalez) 35’, Monticelli 45+2’, Anderson 90+3’

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — (Saturday, April 17, 2020) — The Richmond Kickers (1-0-0) opened the 2021 USL League One season with a 3-0 victory on the road at New England Revolution II (1-1-0) Saturday night at Gillette Stadium. Jonathan Bolanos and Juan Pablo Monticelli gave the Kickers the two-goal lead heading into halftime. Late in the match, Oalex Anderson scored the third goal for Richmond.

11 minutes into the match, Richmond found their first look at goal. Ian Antley chipped in a cross towards the back post. Hernan Gonzalez was there for the header as his shot was stopped by the New England keeper.

Four minutes later, Emiliano Terzaghi came close to opening his account for the 2021 season. Zaca Moran floated the ball into the box finding Jalen Crisler. The center back squared the ball for Terzaghi, who calmly controlled, turned, and put his shot on frame only being denied by Edwards in goal for the Revs.

Jonathan Bolanos looked to create a chance for Richmond in the 19th minute. Victor Falck fed the ball to Bolanos on the wing. Getting by two defenders to get to the end line, Bolanos whipped in a cross looking for Gonzalez as Edwards came off his line to punch it away.

Richmond would score their opening goal of the season in the 35 minute from Bolanos. Falck found Gonzalez at the top of the box. As the Argentine was controlling the ball, Bolanos came in with an overlapping run to get control of the ball and lofted it into the back of the net over a defender and the keeper for the opener.

Juan Pablo Monticelli scored on his Kickers debut as he doubled the lead for Richmond just before halftime. Bolanos served in a corner kick. Edwards came out to punch the ball away from Gonzalez. The ball fell to the feet of Monticelli, who was crashing the goal and made no mistake to find the back of the net.

Oalex Anderson continued how he finished last season, scoring his first goal of the season in the third minute of second-half stoppage time. Akira Fitzgerald played the long ball forward as New England’s Sean O’Hearn looked to head the ball back to his keeper. Anderson powered himself past O’Hearn to chip the keeper and find the back of the net.

It was a team effort on the defensive side of the ball. The Kickers did not allow a single shot on target by the Revs. Jalen Crisler and Ivan Magalhães had a strong first outing as a center-back duo. Crisler led the team with seven clearances and Magalhães was tied on the team with two interceptions. Both defenders came up big late in the match to add a block apiece to preserve the first clean sheet of the season.

The Kickers open up the home portion of their schedule next Saturday night, April 24 as the 2020 USL League One Title-Winners, Greenville Triumph SC makes the trip to City Stadium, presented by Bon Secours. Kickoff for that match is at 6:30 p.m. Save 50% on your matchday ticket with a Kickers+ subscription, plus several other perks at RichmondKickers.com/KickersPlus. Tickets are still available at RichmondKickers.com/Tickets.

BOX SCORE
Team First Half Second Half Final
New England 0 0 0
Richmond 2 1 3

LINEUPS

New England: Earl Edwards, Jr., Christian Mafla (77’ – Noel Buck), Sean O’Hearn, François Dulysse, Colby Quinones (68’ – Hikaru Fujiwara), Jake Rozhansky, Luis Caicedo (77’ – Ryan Spaulding), Damian Rivera (77’ – Michael Tsicoulias), Connor Presley, Ryan Sierakowski, Justin Rennicks (68’ – Michel)

Unused Substitutes: Joe Rice, Cole Dewhurst

Richmond: Akira Fitzgerald, Juan Pablo Monticelli, Ivan Magalhães, Jalen Crisler, Ian Antley (28’ – Luke Pavone), Zaca Moran, Victor Falck, Emiliano Terzaghi (90+5’ – Cameron Vickers), Jonathan Bolanos (72’ – Stanley Alves), Hernan Gonzalez (72’ – Oalex Anderson), Matt Bolduc

Unused Substitutes: Austin Aviza, Nathan Aune, Nil Vinyals

STATISTICS

Team Shots Saves Fouls Corners
New England 8 2 11 7
Richmond 9 0 16 4

SCORING SUMMARY

Min Team Player
35′ RIC Jonathan Bolanos (Hernan Gonzalez)
45+2′ RIC Juan Pablo Monticelli (unassisted)
90+3′ RIC Oalex Anderson (unassisted)

CAUTIONS SUMMARY

Min Team Player
36′ RIC Jonathan Bolanos
70′ NE Christian Mafla
76′ NE Luis Caicedo
79′ RIC Zaca Moran
88′ NE François Dulysse

EJECTIONS SUMMARY

Min Team Player
None.

MATCH INFORMATION

Referee: Thomas Snyder
Assistant Referees: Amilcar Sicaju, Ian Mangione
Fourth Official: Jeremy Scheer
Weather: Cloudy, 49 ºF

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Kickers Release New Jersey and it’s Very Richmond

Ukrop’s becomes the new front of jersey sponsor for both the pro team. Renewing their partnership, Bon Secours returns as the back of the jersey sponsor.

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Having been a supporter of the Kickers for many years I can say without a doubt this is the best jersey since the 1995 jersey. That 1995 had Arby’s as a sponsor which is hard to beat but I think they’ve done it with another slightly recognizable front of the jersey sponsor.

The official press release:

The Richmond Kickers unveil their new Adidas primary red kits for the 2021 season. Ukrop’s becomes the new front of jersey sponsor for both the pro team. Renewing their partnership, Bon Secours returns as the back of the jersey sponsor.

“We are excited to have Ukrop’s on the front of the pro jersey for the first time ever,” said Kickers Chairman, Rob Ukrop. “Ukrop’s was one of our first partners when the club was founded in 1993, and we are thankful for the continued support as our club continues to strengthen community connections through the beautiful game.”

Ukrop’s has been a long-time supporter of the Kickers, now moving to the front of the jerseys in 2021. From their roots as a grocery store started in 1937, to beloved national food manufacturer and a local Market Hall of today, Ukrop’s has always strived to nourish the lives of our customers and their communities.

“Ukrop’s support of soccer began in 1981 with the inaugural Richmond Invitational Indoor Soccer Tournament which attracted top youth teams from outside our region,” commented Bobby Ukrop, Chairman and CEO of Ukrop’s. “We have been pleased to be involved in helping support the amazing growth in soccer in RVA and sports tourism for more than four decades.”

Bon Secours enters their seventh year as a partner of the Kickers. As the Official Healthcare Services Provider of the Richmond Kickers, Bon Secours brings a full spectrum of high-quality sports medicine care and services to both the Kickers professional team and youth players, including concussion awareness and management, orthopedic care, sports performance services, physical therapy, safety education, and injury prevention practices.

“We are excited to continue our partnership with the Richmond Kickers, and we are proud of the work we have done together over the last several years to strengthen the health of our community by helping Richmond’s youth stay active,” added Ryan Stuhlreyer, Vice President of Service Line Strategy, Bon Secours Richmond. “We look forward to maintaining this momentum into another great year and season ahead.”

The Kickers take the field this Saturday night on the road against New England Revolution II. This will be the first chance to catch a glance at the new secondary kits, plus the new sponsors. Kickoff for that match is set for 5:00 p.m. The match will stream live on ESPN+, along with locally in Richmond on WTVR CBS 6.3 (Comcast 206, Verizon FiOS 466). This match will also be broadcasted live in Spanish on the radio on WULT Ultra 94.1FM/1540AM.

The 2021 Home Opener is coming up on April 24, and you need to be at City Stadium with your Kickers+ subscription. Kickers+ is a brand new subscription service for the 2021 season that provides fans tons of value, flexibility, and sweet perks! Sign up today for only $59.99 – Kickers+ benefits include 50% off tickets to any regular season home match, 15% off merchandise at shop.richmondkickers.com, exclusive digital content, member events, and more! Click here for more info and to join today!

Stay up to date with all of the Kickers news at RichmondKickers.com and on social media on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube. Download the Richmond Kickers mobile app for news, contests, and more!

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Richmond Flying Squirrels opening single-game ticket sales April 19th

Individual game tickets for the first four homestands of the 2021 Richmond Flying Squirrels season will go on sale on Monday, April 19 at 9 a.m., the team announced. Fans who have vouchers or credits from tickets for the 2020 season will have first access to redeem them through Friday, April 16 at 5 p.m.

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Individual game tickets for the first four homestands of the 2021 Richmond Flying Squirrels season will go on sale on Monday, April 19 at 9 a.m., the team announced. Fans who have vouchers or credits from tickets for the 2020 season will have first access to redeem them through Friday, April 16 at 5 p.m.

A limited number of tickets will be available for purchase online at SquirrelsBaseball.com/Tickets, by phone at 804-359-FUNN (3866) or at the Flying Squirrels ticket offices at The Diamond.

Tickets for the Flying Squirrels’ first four homestands will be available, including the May 4-9 series against the Hartford Yard Goats, the May 18-23 series against the Bowie Baysox, the June 1-6 series against the Altoona Curve and the June 8-13 series against the Harrisburg Senators.

The full 2021 Flying Squirrels schedule can be found here. Tickets for the remaining 2021 home games will be available at a later date.

Under current guidelines from Major League Baseball of the Commonwealth of Virginia, the Flying Squirrels will have limited capacity, socially distanced seating available at The Diamond. Commonwealth of Virginia health and safety guidelines currently allow for outdoor venues to open at 30 percent total capacity, which for The Diamond is 2,943 fans. All fans will be required to wear a mask or face covering at all times except while actively eating or if a health condition precludes you from doing so.

“We are so excited to be back, even though we never left and were a big part of the community over the last year,” Flying Squirrels CEO Todd “Parney” Parnell said. “The Squirrels taking the field again on May 4 will be a big step for community healing. We are not through COVID yet, and we will be enacting protocols to allow for a safe environment for everyone at The Diamond. With limited capacity, tickets will be more sought after than ever. We ask fans for their patience as we work through this unusual process.”

Fans who previously received vouchers or credits for tickets purchased for the 2020 season, including individual game tickets, will have priority access to redeem their vouchers or credits for 2021 tickets. Priority redemptions will begin on Monday, April 12 at 9 a.m. and run through Friday, April 16 at 5 p.m. and can be completed by phone at 804-359-FUNN (3866) or at the Flying Squirrels ticket offices at The Diamond.

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