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Photos and Game Summary: Strong First Half Lifts Spiders to Victory

La Salle had no answers to Richmond’s defense but showed brief signs of life in the second half.

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University of Richmond (15-4,5-1 Atlantic 10): 75
La Salle (10-8,1-5 Atlantic 10): 57

Box Score

Official UR Game Summary:

The University of Richmond had nine different players score including seven with five or more points as the Spiders recorded a 75-57 victory over visiting La Salle Wednesday night at the Robins Center. The win moved the Spiders to 15-4 overall and 5-1 in Atlantic 10 Conference play heading into Saturday night’s showdown against No. 7 Dayton at home.

“I’m really pleased with the win and I thought we played exceptionally well defensively,” said coach Chris Mooney. “Our defense right from the beginning of the game made it tough on them to score. We contested shots. We rebounded well … I thought our defense throughout really won us the game.”

The 15-4 record marks the best record through 19 games to start a season since the 1987-88 campaign (16-3). Additionally, the Spiders are 5-1 through the first six games in A-10 play for the third time under head coach Chris Mooney and the first since 2016-17. The victory moves the Spiders to 9-1 at home this season.

Freshman Tyler Burton (Uxbridge, Mass.) recorded his second-straight double-figure scoring game in the victory, finishing the night with a career-high 14 points. Burton also grabbed a career-high nine rebounds and added two steals and a block in the all-around performance.

“He’s got great basketball instincts,” said Mooney of Burton. “He’s a great athlete. He’s an all-around player. He rebounds well. I think he has a chance to be a special player.”

Junior forward Grant Golden (Winchester, Va.) added 15 points in only 17 minutes of action as he didn’t play a majority of the second half with the Spiders’ depth showing form. Golden connected on 6-of-6 from the field and was 3-of-5 from the free throw line in his limited action. He became the first Spider to take at least six shots from the field and make them all since Nathan Cayo went 7-7 on field goals at La Salle on February 23, 2019.

Sophomore guard Jake Wojcik (San Jose, Calif.) came off the bench and added 11 points in the second half as he connected on 3-of-4 from three-point range.

The Spiders came out of the gate and scored the game’s first 10 points, holding La Salle scoreless over the first 5:47 of the contest. Golden scored the game’s first four points while sophomore Matt Grace (Hamilton, Ontario) and Burton scored in the paint to cap the early run. Richmond extended its lead to 18-3 as junior guard Jacob Gilyard (Kansas City, Mo.) converted a 4-point play and Golden once again scored in the post.

After La Salle regrouped to score the next eight points, junior guard Nick Sherod (Richmond, Va.) nailed a 3-pointer and the Spiders extended their lead to as many as 16 points. Richmond went into the locker room after the first 20 minutes with a 35-19 advantage as Burton led with 10 points off the bench to go along with five rebound in 11 minutes of play.

The Spiders controlled the play in the second half keeping the Explorers at bay and withstanding the La Salle pressure late in the game. Richmond finished the game shooting 60 percent (24-of-40) from the field in the victory while limiting the Explorers to just 33 percent (19-of-58) shooting. La Salle also struggled from the free throw line, connecting on just 12-of-21 (57 percent) from the stripe.

Next up for Richmond is 7th-ranked Dayton, who will become the highest-ranked team to visit the Robins Center in 14 years this Saturday. Tip time is scheduled for 6 PM and the game can be seen on NBC Sports Washington and ESPN Plus. The last time the Spiders hosted a top-7 team was February 18, 2006, when Richmond was defeated by #7 George Washington.

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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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Kickers Home Opener Postponed Due to Covid-19 Concerns with Visiting Team

Sad news for soccer fans but good news that nobody on the Kickers organization has tested positive for Covid-19.

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I can’t express how much I’m disappointed by this news. It is matched by how little I’m surprised by this news. Teams sport traveling around the country during a pandemic is looking more and more like a bad idea. This will be the second game that the Kickers have had to postpone. So far of the four games the Kickers had scheduled two have had to be postponed.

Official Kickers Statement

The Richmond Kickers Home Opener, scheduled for Saturday, August 1 at 6:00 p.m. has been postponed.
The decision to postpone the match was made out of an abundance of caution following a positive COVID-19 test from a covered person of the Fort Lauderdale CF organization.
A new date for the match will be announced at a later date. Tickets purchased for this match can be exchanged for any future 2020 regular season Richmond Kickers match, based on availability. A Richmond Kickers representative will be in contact with all August 1 ticket holders shortly.

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Photos: Lionsbridge FC vs Levi United

Kickers were on the road so I hit the road to Yorktown to watch our adopted non-RVA team Lionsbridge FC.

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Lionsbridge FC dominated play from the opening whistle and scored five goals on Levi United. At one point Levi United thought they had a goal but that was called back on an obvious handball. Lionsbridge Keeper Conor Andrews was rarely pressured and kept a clean sheet.

The star of the night was James Lee with a hat trick. This was only the second hat trick in team history.

Scoring Summary

18’ James Lee (assist Vitor Gomes)
32’ James Lee (assist Brennen Burton)
47’ James Lee (from the spot)
53’ Alfie Pope (assist Brennen Burton)
89’ Travis Cooke (assist Isaiah Chisolm)

Lionsbridge’s next home game is Friday night, July 31st vs Virginia Beach United. … with the Coastal Virginia Challenge Cup on the line.

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Photos and Game Summary: Kickers Away at Greenville

The start of the Kickers’ season felt familiar to fans as the Kickers lose 2-3 to the Greenville Triumph.

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Official Kickers Game Summary

The Richmond Kickers (0-1-0) open the 2020 USL League One season falling on the road to Greenville Triumph SC (2-0-0) Saturday night at Legacy Early College. Matt Bolduc and Emiliano Terzaghi netted their first goals of the 2020 campaign, as a pair of own goals and a Jake Keegan goal downed the Kickers.

Two minutes into the match, Bolduc created the first chance for Richmond. Ryley Kraft forced a misplayed pass across the Triumph backline. Bolduc pounced on the loose ball and went for the quick shot, skidding just wide of the Greenville goal.

Greenville nearly jumped out ahead in the eighth minute. Omar Mohamed sent the ball through for Carlos Gomez. He cut across the top of the box to get his shot off, narrowly missing Akira Fitzgerald’s net.

Bolduc continued to fight for the opener in the 20th minute. After winning the ball in the corner, he looked for space to deliver a cross into the box, finding Terzaghi at the near post. His header drifted across the face of goal and wide for a goal kick.

The Triumph broke the deadlock only two minutes later. Omar Mohamed once again found Carlos Gomez. This time he took a quick touch to chip it forward for Jake Keegan. Several Kickers defenders tried to shut down the shot as Scott Thomsen unfortunately directed his clearance into the Kickers net.

Richmond leveled the score in the 36th minute from Matt Bolduc, who had been threatening all night. Wahab Ackwei from deep in the Richmond end of the field sent the long ball forward up the right flank to find Bolduc in acres of space on the run. The veteran midfielder slid his shot past Dallas Jaye and into the back of the net.

Right out of halftime, Greenville jumped ahead after another own goal. Matt Broomall came into the match at the break after Akira Fitzgerald was forced off due to an injury. Noah Pilato from the center circle tried to catch Omar Mohamed on a run towards goal. Broomall came off his line and collided with Wahab Ackwei. Mohamed tried to get a shot off as Ian Antley had a touch and it rolled into the Richmond goal.

Matt Broomall was tested from distance in the 61st minute. The Triumph were looking to find the right spot for a shot. Omar Mohamed kept the ball moving to the left for Noah Pilato. He looked to try his luck and let a shot go from about 20 yards out, with the ball ending up in the hands of Broomall.

Jake Keegan extended the Greenville lead in the 69th minute. Tyler Polak won the ball in the Triumph end and quickly passed it to Gomez. He returned the ball to Polak making a run up the right. He sent a cross into the box. Just out of the reach of Ivan Magalhães, Keegan was there to take a touch around Broomall and for the goal.

Emiliano Terzaghi opened up his Kickers account in the 74th minute. Jonathan Bolanos came into the match in the second half to make his professional debut winning the ball on the left side. He was able to get a cross into the box. The ball found Terzaghi for a header up and over Dallas Jaye for Richmond’s second goal of the night. This marked Bolanos’ first professional assist.

Greenville was reduced to 10 men in the 77th minute. Brandon Fricke brought Mumbi Kwesele down from behind at the top of the Triumph box. The referee went straight to the back pocket to issue the straight red card.

A pair of blocks deep into stoppage time denied the Triumph. JJ Donnelly picked up control of the ball outside of the Richmond box. He squared a pass for Aaron Walker, as he launched a shot that Broomall was able to block. Donnelly pounced on the loose ball and tried a shot of his own as Wahab Ackwei slid in to block the attempt out for a corner kick.

The 2020 Richmond Kickers Home Opener, presented by Woodfin, is set for Saturday, August 1 at 6:30 p.m. as league newcomers Fort Lauderdale CF make their first-ever trip to City Stadium.

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
Greenville 1 2 3
Richmond 1 1 2

LINEUPS

Greenville GK Dallas Jaye, Tyler Polak, Evan Lee, Brandon Fricke, Abdi Mohamed, Omar Mohamed (71’ – Cesar Murillo), Noah Pilato (70’ – Colin Stripling), Aaron Walker, Alex Morrell (60’ – JJ Donnelly), Jake Keegan (80’ – Harri Hawkins), Carlos Gomez (70’ – Lachlan McLean)

Unused Substitutes: Paul Christensen, Trevor Swartz

Richmond GK Akria Fitzgerald (45’ – Matt Broomall), Scott Thomsen, Ivan Magalhães, Wahab Ackwei, Ian Antley, Victor Falck (80’ – Devante Dubose), Gianluca Cuomo (63’ – Mumbi Kwesele), Ryley Kraft, Matt Bolduc (75’ – Charles Boateng), Emiliano Terzaghi, Mutaya Mwape (63’ – Jonathan Bolanos)

Unused Substitutes: Conor Shanosky, Greg Boehme

STATISTICS

TEAM SHOTS SAVES FOULS CORNERS
Greenville 11 1 12 5
Richmond 11 4 6 5

SCORING SUMMARY

MIN TEAM PLAYER
22′ GVL Own Goal
36′ RIC Matt Bolduc (Wahab Ackwei)
46′ GVL Own Goal
69′ GVL Jake Keegan (Tyler Polak)
74′ RIC Emiliano Terzaghi (Jonathan Bolanos)
CAUTIONS SUMMARY
MIN TEAM PLAYER
57′ GVL Alex Morrell
64′ GVL Noah Pilato
90′ RIC Charles Boateng

EJECTIONS SUMMARY

MIN TEAM PLAYER
77′ GVL Brandon Fricke

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