Richmond (16-6,6-3 Atlantic 10): 76
George Washington(10-12,4-5 Atlantic 10): 54
Four different Spiders scored in double figures as the University of Richmond men’s basketball team posted a dominant 76-54 Atlantic 10 Conference victory over George Washington Saturday night at a sold out Robins Center. The victory improves to the Spiders to 16-6 on the year, their best record through 22 games since the 2010-11 season (16-6).
Junior forward Grant Golden (Winchester, Va.) scored a game-high 20 points in just 21 minutes of action. He was 9-of-14 from the field, including a three-pointer early in the second half that capped his night off. His play helped the Spiders outscore the Colonials 50-34 in the paint.
“We wanted to throw the ball inside,” said coach Chris Mooney. “Most importantly, we wanted to try and get Grant established. I think he’s really been playing well and we wanted to throw the ball inside. They’re a little bit younger and Grant has been through a lot of these battles and was able to really find great post position and make great finishes.”
The Spiders forced George Washington into 18 turnovers while only committing four of their own. Richmond posted a season-high 13 steals. Junior guard Jacob Gilyard (Kansas City, Mo.) led the way with four steals while also dishing out nine assists without a turnover. Gilyard (415) passed Spiders legend Kevin Anderson (410) for the fourth-most assists in Richmond history.
Junior guard Nick Sherod (Richmond, Va.) added 15 points, including 2-of-2 shooting from deep. Freshman Tyler Burton (Uxbridge, Mass.) scored 12 points, marking his third double-digit effort of the season, all coming in the last five games. Junior forward Nathan Cayo (Montreal, Quebec) rounded out the double figure scorers with 10 points in 18 minutes of play.
The first half saw the Spiders force George Washington into 12 turnovers as Richmond opened a 39-22 lead after the first 20 minutes of play. Richmond, which only committed one turnover in the first half, scored 12 points off the Colonials’ miscues in the opening half.
The Spiders broke open the game with a 14-0 run midway through the half, turning a one-point game into a 31-16 lead. Sophomore guard Andre Gustavson (Helsinki, Finland) started the run with a three-pointer while Golden added a three-point play.
Richmond was able to maintain and build off its lead in the second half as its defense was strong throughout. The Spiders held George Washington to just nine assists and 22.7 percent shooting (5-of-22) from three-point range.
“We knew that guarding the ball screens was going to be really important,” said Mooney. “I thought we did a great job of that throughout the game and that’s a credit mostly to Grant, Sal [Koureissi], and Matt Grace.”
With the win, Richmond (6-3 in the Atlantic 10) matched its conference win total from last season.
The Spiders next hit the road for two-straight games, beginning next Saturday when they travel to the Bronx for a meeting with Fordham. Game time is set for 2 p.m.
Photos and Game Summary: Kicker Miss Out on League Championship with Saturday Loss
Heartbreak in City Stadium on Saturday as the Kickers miss out on their chance to play in the USL League 1 Championship.
Official Kickers Summary
The Richmond Kickers (8-6-2) fell at home to Chattanooga Red Wolves SC (6-5-4) Saturday night at City Stadium. Greg Hurst put the visitors up in the 57th minute. Oalex Anderson scored his second goal in as many matches to level the score in the 64th minute. Mark Hernandez scored the winner for Chattanooga in stoppage time.
Eight minutes into the match Akira Fitzgerald needed to make a stop. Ricardo Ruiz played in an outswinging pass into the Richmond box. Greg Hurst managed to get a foot on the ball as Fitzgerald palmed it away from goal.
Wahab Ackwei came away with a big block in the 24th minute to keep the visitors off the board. Ricardo Zacarias was working the left wing with no real options. He squared a pass for Greg Hurst at the top of the box. Ackwei got in front of the shot to make the block and eventually clear it from danger.
The Richmond keeper was put to work again in the 29th minute with a point blank save. Josue Soto found Ricky Ruiz making a run in behind the Richmond backline. He got to the endline to get a cross into the box. Hurst again looked for a one-time effort that was denied by Fitzgerald.
Mutaya Mwape forced a save from Alex Mangels in the 36th minute. Mumbi Kwesele noticed Mwape making a run in space up the right side. The Zambian continued his run before trying to sneak in a shot at a tough angle. Mangels came away with the grab.
A long range effort in the 41st minute was once again stopped by Fitzgerald. After Soto laid the ball off, Zacarias looked to try his luck from about 25 yards out. Fitzgerald knocked it down and then pounced on the loose ball before Hurst could get to the rebound.
Chattanooga struck first in the 58th minute. Conor Doyle picked up control of the ball inside the center circle, taking one touch to play the ball through for Greg Hurst to run onto. He got a touch around Fitzgerald as he was coming off his line and put his shot into the net for the goal.
Richmond responded six minutes later from Oalex Anderson. Ryley Kraft floated in a free kick that came out to Matt Bolduc on the left wing. Breaking away from his defender, Bolduc found the opening to whip in a cross. Anderson was there with no one to stop him for his match tying header. That was his second goal in as many matches to pull the Kickers level.
The Kickers nearly jumped ahead in the 78th minute. Luke Pavone played a pass short to Bolduc as he was looking like he was making a run towards the right wing. He then cut back across the top of the Chattanooga box, launching a shot that Mangels needed to save.
The Red Wolves took the lead again in second half stoppage. Jason Ramos got control of the ball in front of the Chattanooga bench. He sent in a cross as Mark Hernandez made a near post run, getting a foot on the ball to slide it past Fitzgerald.
With the result in the Union Omaha match, the Kickers have been eliminated from contention for the USL League One Final.
|TEAM||FIRST HALF||SECOND HALF||FINAL|
Richmond: Akira Fitzgerald, Scott Thomsen (80’ – Stanley Alves), Wahab Ackwei, Kyle Venter, Luke Pavone, Victor Falck, Mumbi Kwesele (45’ – Greg Boehme), Ryley Kraft (78’ – Emiliano Terzaghi), Matt Bolduc, Gianluca Cuomo (45’ – Oalex Anderson), Mutaya Mwape (45’ – Jonathan Bolanos)
Unused Substitutes: Lee Johnston, David Diosa
Chattanooga: Alex Mangels, Uchenna Uzo (70’ – Ronaldo Pineda), Leo Folla, Jason Ramos, Jonathan Ricketts, Josue Soto, Tanner Dieterich, Conor Doyle, Ricardo Ruiz, Greg Hurst (90’ – Alexi Jaimes), Ricardo Zacarias (65’ – Mark Hernandez)
Unused Substitutes: Nicholas Amponsah, Nikolaos Pettas
|57′||CHA||Greg Hurst (Conor Doyle)|
|64′||RIC||Oalex Anderson (Matt Bolduc)|
|90′||CHA||Mark Hernandez (Jason Ramos)|
Assistant Referees: Ben Pilgram, Nicholas Seymour
Fourth Official: Nickrod Fateh
Photos: VCU Women’s Soccer Black and Gold Scrimmage
A high scoring practice with Black edging out Gold 6 to 4.
Preview: Kickers One Win From Championship
With a win against Chattanooga on Saturday the Kickers would face Greenville for the USL League Championship.
Opponent: Chattanooga Red Wolves (5-5-4)
Date/Time: Saturday, October 24th, 6:30
Last Result: Kickers 3 – Orlando 1
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Three Things to Kick About
- Daryl Grove – It’s with an extremely heavy heart we share the news of the passing a Richmond soccer legend Daryl Grove. Daryl was one half of the Total Soccer Show and devoted to the growth of soccer and was an all-around great guy. He will be missed.
- Terzaghi – Leading Golden Boot winner didn’t make the trip down to Orlando on Wednesday after picking up a knock on Saturday. Every single Kickers fan is hoping to see him on the field this Saturday.
- Win and In – It’s that simple. The more complicated version is that the Kickers need to tie Omaha’s result. Omaha kicks off after the Kickers game so the Kicker just have to win and take any guesswork out of the equation.
I’m honestly too nervous to think rationally and feel that predicting anything but a win will cast bad vibes on the team. So gotta go with a Kickers win.
Kickers 1 – Chattanooga 0
Official Richmond Kickers Preview
Midfielder Mutaya Mwape (#10) scored his first goal the season to level the score against Orlando Wednesday. The Zambian made his 12th appearance this season, and seventh start to go with an assist. Forward Stanley Alves (#9) made his third start of the season and scored his first professional goal against Orlando. A product of University of Massachusetts, Lowell, Alves has played in ten matches in his rookie season. Forward Oalex Anderson (#15) scored his first goal for the Kickers as the insurance goal at OCB. Joining later in the season, Anderson made his second start and fifth appearance for Richmond.
Chattanooga Red Wolves SC
Forward Greg Hurst (#11) leads Chattanooga in scoring with seven goals this season. He sits tied for second overall in the league behind Emiliano Terzaghi with his ten goals. Forward Mark Hernandez (#20) has four assists this season to lead the team. The Anaheim, Ca. native also has three goals in 11 matches this season for the Red Wolves. Goalkeeper Alex Mangels (#24) is in his second season in Chattanooga and holds a 1.14 goals against average heading into Saturday’s match in Richmond. The product of the University of California, Berkeley has three clean sheets through 14 matches.