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The Spiders took the lead shortly after tip-off and never looked back.

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UR (19-6,9-3 Atlantic 10): 77
VCU (17-8,7-5 Atlantic 10): 59

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All five starters scored in double figures and Richmond men’s basketball never trailed in a dominating 77-59 win over VCU Saturday evening in front of a sold out crowd at the Robins Center in the Lumber Liquidators Capital City Classic. The 18-point margin of victory tied the largest for the Spiders in their 85 all-time meetings vs VCU.

“This was a big game and I thought we rose to the moment and met the opportunity head-on.” said head coach Chris Mooney. The victory moves the Spiders to 19-6 on the season and 9-3 in Atlantic 10 Conference. The 19-6 record is the Spiders best after 25 games since 2010-11 while the 9-3 start moves Richmond into sole possession of third place in the A-10.

Junior guard Nick Sherod (Richmond, Va.) scored a game-high 23 points while adding eight rebounds. Sherod connected on 5-of-7 from three-point range, including hitting his first four from distance. Junior forward Grant Golden (Winchester, Va.) added 15 points and 10 rebounds while also dishing out six assists in the all-around performance.

Golden connected on seven of his 11 field goal attempts, helping the Spiders shoot 50 percent (29-of-58) from the field in the victory. Richmond also shot 50 percent (11-of-22) from three-point land on the night, led by Sherod’s five and four threes from redshirt junior guard Blake Francis (Herndon, Va.).

The Spiders came out of the gate on fire, led by Sherod who scored nine of the Spiders’ first 11 points as Richmond opened an 11-4 lead. Sherod would go on to hit his first four three-pointers of the game as the Spiders used a 20-7 run to open to a 33-16 lead 14 minutes into the game.

Richmond hit three-straight three-pointers to close out the run, including a four-point play by Francis and a deep ball from junior guard Jacob Gilyard (Kansas City, Mo.). Richmond did damage on the inside as well during the stretch as Golden scored a pair of buckets and junior forward Nathan Cayo (Montreal, Quebec) converted a three-point play.

VCU found life later in the first half, scoring eight-straight points to pull within nine at 33-24 but the Spiders did not back down. Richmond scored the final nine points of the half, including a Golden three-point play through contact that ignited the crowd. The Spiders took a 42-24 lead into the locker room at halftime.

The Rams scored the first five points of the second half but the Spiders again had the answer waiting with a 12-2 run, to take a 54-31 lead. This time the damage was done from in close as Cayo scored five in the run while Gilyard scored a pair of baskets off the drive for the 23-point lead.

VCU would have one final push, scoring nine-straight to trim the deficit to 68-55 but the Spiders would not be deterred on their way to an 18-point victory. The win was tied for Richmond’s largest ever against its crosstown rival. The Spiders also recorded 18-point wins over VCU on December 3, 2003 (70-52) and February 27, 2001 (72-54).

Francis, who missed the first meeting against the Rams, scored 13 points in the victory and helped the Spiders’ defense limit the Rams on the perimeter. Cayo added 11 points and six rebounds while Gilyard was strong all night with 10 points, six assists and five steals. The Spiders held VCU to just 59 points and –following consecutive losses to Dayton and VCU in January —  has kept four straight opponents under 60 points, Richmond’s longest stretch since a six-game run in February-March, 2011.

“After the Dayton and VCU games we clipped up a lot of really good defensive possessions and said to the team ‘hey – we’re close here.’ It has felt like the past four games we’ve really played tremendously on defense.”

Next for the Spiders is a home date with George Mason Wednesday night on NBC Sports Washington Plus. Game time is set for 7 p.m. at the Robins Center.

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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 Fall on the Road to Chattanooga

A late sub for Chattanooga provided the last-minute goal to send the Kickers home with their first loss in six games.

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TEAM SCORE GOALSCORERS
CHATTANOOGA RED WOLVES SC
(4-2-3, 15 points)
2 Dieterich (Hernandez) 54’, Beattie (Hernandez) 90’
RICHMOND KICKERS
(4-2-2, 14 points)
1 Terzaghi (Bolduc) 13′

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — (Saturday, September 12, 2020) — The Richmond Kickers (4-2-2) fell on the road Saturday afternoon to Chattanooga Red Wolves SC (4-2-3) at CHI Memorial Stadium. Emiliano Terzaghi opened the scoring in the 13th minute, but two second half goals from Chattanooga would end the Kickers unbeaten run.

Terzaghi added to his season tally in the 13th minute. Mutaya Mwape brought down a long pass from Akira Fitzgerald inside the center circle. He turned to find Bolduc making a run up the right wing. The veteran midfielder picked out Terzaghi with a cross near the penalty spot, catching the ball on the volley for his seventh goal of the season.

The woodwork came to the rescue for the Kickers in the 22nd minute. Ricardo Zacarias chipped the ball through for Ronaldo Pineda getting in behind the Kickers backline. Fitzgerald came out to shut down the angle as Pineda looked to put a shot on frame. His shot hit off the back post and was cleared out by Kraft.

Chattanooga leveled the score in the 54th minute. Coming into the match as a substitute, Mark Hernandez had a run up the left side. As he reached the Richmond box, he slipped the ball through for Tanner Dieterich. He was able to get around Ivan Magalhães for a shot that found the back of the net for the tying goal.

Steven Beattie scored the go-ahead goal late for the Red Wolves. Pineda quickly took a throw in for Hernandez. Dancing along the endline, Hernandez played the ball back for Beattie. His one-time effort was enough to get the goal and give the home side the victory late.

The Kickers return back home to City Stadium next Saturday night, September 19 as they host Orlando City B. Kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m. and the match will air live on WTVR CBS 6.3 and streaming on ESPN+. A limited number of tickets are still available at RichmondKickers.com/Tickets.

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
Chattanooga 0 2 2
Richmond 1 0 1

LINEUPS
Chattanooga Alex Mangels, Ricardo Ruiz, Leo Folla, Jason Ramos, Jonathan Ricketts, Josue Soto, Ualefi (53’ – Mark Hernandez), Tanner Dieterich (83’ – Steven Beattie), Conor Doyle, Ronaldo Pineda, Ricardo Zacarias (45’ – Patrick Okonkwo)

Unused Substitutes: Tim Trilk, Uchenna Uzo, Travis Nicklaw, Alexi Jaimes

Richmond Akira Fitzgerald, Scott Thomsen, Ivan Magalhães, Kyle Venter, Ian Antley, Victor Falck, Ryley Kraft (78’ – Stanley Alves), Emiliano Terzaghi, Mutaya Mwape (63’ – Jonathan Bolanos), Luke Pavone (63’ – Greg Boehme), Matt Bolduc (78’ – David Diosa)

Unused Substitutes: Lee Johnston, Wahab Ackwei, Gianluca Cuomo

STATISTICS

Team Shots Saves Fouls Corners
Chattanooga 10 0 16 7
Richmond 4 0 13 0

SCORING SUMMARY

Min Team Player
13′ RIC Emiliano Terzaghi (Matt Bolduc)
54′ CHA Tanner Dieterich (Mark Hernandez)
90′ CHA Steven Beattie (Mark Hernandez)

CAUTIONS SUMMARY

Min Team Player
43′ CHA Ronaldo Pineda
58′ RIC Luke Pavone
58′ CHA Josue Soto
75′ CHA Patrick Okonkwo
90′ CHA Steven Beattie
90′ RIC David Diosa

EJECTIONS SUMMARY

Min Team Player
None.

MATCH INFORMATION

Referee: Izlen Peksenar
Assistant Referees: Austin Holt, Jonathan Fogo
Fourth Official: Kyle Johnston
Attendance: 744
Weather: Cloudy, 86 ºF

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Kickers Play on the Road with USL League One Coach of the Month Darren Sawatzky

August was a very good month for the lads in red.

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It’s been a long time since Kickers fans have had good news or seen a six-game undefeated streak. As a completely biased fan, the team this year is exciting to watch this year and you always have the feeling that the lads can pull out a win.

The Richmond Kickers’ Darren Sawatzky has been named USL League One’s Coach of the Month for August after his side won all four of its outings in the month, propelling the side to a top-two position in the League One standings.

The Kickers’ run through the month included victories against two other current members of the top four in League One, defeating fourth-placed Forward Madison FC 1-0 on August 8 and then rounding out the month with a 2-1 victory against league-leaders Greenville Triumph SC. The side scored seven goals in its four outings as the side grew impressively in Sawatzky’s first year at the helm at City Stadium.

“We appreciate the recognition as a staff here; our league is very competitive,” said Sawatzky. “We expect every game to be difficult and we prepare for each game knowing it will be a battle. Mika Elovaara and Riley Wichman have been key, and the players have put in a lot of work. We are all happy to work for a supportive ownership group and front office staff.”

The Head Coach at FC Tucson in League One’s inaugural season, Sawatzky was hired by the Kickers this offseason to try and provide a return to the club’s successful past. The side is now undefeated in its past six games overall after a 2-2 draw on the road against Tucson last Saturday, and has two games in hand to try and bridge its current five-point deficit to Greenville in the standings as the league reaches the midway point of its regular season campaign.

“We all feel that the group is cohesive and bought in,” said Sawatzky. “The second half of this season will be fast and intense, so continuity will be important. We are proud of the guys but there are a lot of games to play still.”

Sawatzky was selected as League One’s Coach of the Month by the USL League One Technical Committee.

The Kickers are on the road this Saturday so we’re not doing our usual post but will share the Kickers preview. Players to keep an eye on are Emiliano Terzaghi, a scoring machine, and Ryley Kraft, a young gun coming into his own this year. It’s not an accident that these two have made the USL1 Team of Week. It’s Terzaghi’s fourth appearance so telling you to keep an eye on him is a no-brainer.

The Richmond Kickers (4-1-2) are back on the road this Saturday for a midday match up at Chattanooga Red Wolves SC (3-2-3) at CHI Memorial Stadium. Kickoff for the match is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. and will air live on WTVR CBS 6.3 (Comcast 206, Verizon FiOS 466) and streaming on ESPN+.

Chattanooga holds the lead in the series between the two clubs, winning three of the four meetings in 2019. Richmond’s lone win came the first time these two met back on April 27, 2019 at City Stadium, with Joe Gallardo scoring in the 53rd minute to lead the Kickers to the three points. The Red Wolves would best the Kickers 0-2 at City Stadium one more time June 15. Both times the Kickers travelled to Chattanooga, the home side took the victory. These two will have one more match in the 2020 season, closing out the regular season at City Stadium October 24.

Richmond salvaged a point on the road last Saturday after making the cross-country trek to FC Tucson. 10 minutes into the match, a penalty would put Tucson ahead after Roberto Alarcon converted from the spot. Five minutes later, Carlos Merancio managed to get his goal kick through everyone finding Shak Adams sneaking in behind the Richmond backline. Emiliano Terzaghi scored his sixth goal in seven matches in the 40th minute to pull a goal back before halftime. Heading into second half stoppage time, Ryley Kraft and Mutaya Mwape had shots blocked that set up a Richmond corner kick. Kraft served in the corner, picking out Victor Falck to head in the tying goal. With the draw, the Kickers extended their unbeaten streak to six matches.

A midweek clash saw the Red Wolves pick up their first road win of the season with a 2-1 victory over New England Revolution II at Gillette Stadium. Jason Ramos put Chattanooga up in the 10th minute with a shot from long range. New England tied it up in first half stoppage time with a goal from Orlando Sinclair. The Red Wolves would get their go ahead goal in the 83rd minute. Alexi Jaimes played in a cross to the back post which found Ronaldo Pineda. He headed the ball towards goal as the shot took a deflection off Diego Sousa into his own net for an own goal.

The Kickers return back home to City Stadium next Saturday night, September 19 as they host Orlando City B. Kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m. and the match will air live on WTVR CBS 6.3 and streaming on ESPN+. A limited number of tickets are still available at RichmondKickers.com/Tickets.

Stay up to date with the latest news from the Kickers at RichmondKickers.com and on the official team app.

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Photos and Game Summary: Kickers Get The Win and Bon Secours Cup

The home team is on a four-game winning and five-game unbeaten streak. The latest win happening on Saturday to a raucous crowd.

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Not mentioned in the official summary below. Greenville and Richmond play for the Bon Secours Cup, a regional rivalry built-in USL League One between these two southeastern clubs. Both clubs have proud partnerships with Bon Secours as the clubs’ Official Healthcare Services Provider. The Bon Secours Cup champs will be determined by the traditional soccer point system – three points for a win, one point for a draw, zero points for a loss. In the event the clubs end up tied on points, standard FIFA tie-breakers will be utilized to determine the cup winner.

Official Richmond Kickers Game Summary

RICHMOND KICKERS
(4-1-1, 13 points)
2 Terzaghi (Bolduc) 15′, Kraft 45′
GREENVILLE TRIUMPH SC
(5-2-1, 16 points)
1 Fricke 29′

The Richmond Kickers (4-1-1) claimed their fourth-straight victory after a 2-1 win over the league leaders Greenville Triumph SC (5-2-1) at City Stadium Saturday night. Emiliano Terzaghi and Ryley Kraft scored the two goals in a second-straight match to cancel out Brandon Fricke’s goal for Greenville.

For the first seven minutes of tonight’s match, both Richmond and Greenville came together to recognize the fight for equality, diversity and inclusivity by using the time to honor the ongoing movement around social injustice and the need for positive change in our sport and in our society.

10 minutes into the match the Kickers nearly came away with an early lead. Luke Pavone played the ball to Matt Bolduc on the right wing. As he reached the endline, Bolduc whipped in a cross that grazed the head of Ryley Kraft, but the midfielder could not redirect it into the net.

Richmond would break through just five minutes later. Once again, it was Bolduc on the right wing. After shaking off his defender, Bolduc got into the box and just needed a simple touch to set the ball up for Emiliano Terzaghi to score his fifth goal in six matches.

Greenville  would pull level in the 29th minute. Alex Morrell sent in a corner kick that found Brandon Fricke. He was able to get enough of a touch on the ball to hit the underside of the crossbar and there was nothing Akira Fitzgerald could do with it.

A goal line clearance from Ivan Magalhães prevented the visitors from scoring a second goal in the 35th minute. Noah Pilato won the ball on the left wing and quickly found Morrell. He looked for an early shot that caught Ftizgerald out in space as the keeper pushed it away. The ball fell to Carlos Gomez in the box. His shot was on frame but Magalhães was there to deny him.

Just before halftime, Ryley Kraft would get the Kickers back in control. Terzaghi tried for his second of the night, but his shot was blocked. The ball fell loose at the top of the box. Pavone would get on the ball, going for a shot catching the Triumph backline off guard. The shot hit off the post. With no one reacting, Kraft slipped through and put his shot inside the near post for his second goal in as many matches.

Continuing to pose a threat on the right wing, Bolduc nearly came up with his second assist of the night from a long range effort by Gianluca Cuomo. Exploiting the space, Bolduc once again got in behind the Greenville defense and laid the ball back for Cuomo. The second half sub stepped up and got a touch in for a shot that needed a massive save from Dallas Jaye.

Three minutes later, Cuomo would get a chance once again. This time Wahab Ackwei fed the ball to Cuomo in nearly the same spot. With power behind his shot, Jaye needed to once again come up with the save, diving to his left.

The Kickers would be reduced to 10 men for the final 16 minutes of the match. Ian Antley was issued a second yellow card after a challenge on Lachlan McLean.

The Kickers go on the road next Saturday night, traveling to face FC Tucson at Kino North Stadium. This match kicks off at 10:30 p.m. EDT. Catch the match live on WTVR CBS 6.3 (Comcast 206, Verizon FiOS 466) and streaming on ESPN+.

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
Richmond 2 0 2
Greenville 1 0 1

LINEUPS
Richmond GK Akira Fitzgerald, Scott Thomsen (62’ – Wahab Ackwei), Ivan Magalhães, Kyle Venter, Ian Antley, Victor Falck, Ryley Kraft (54’ – Gianluca Cuomo),  Emiliano Terzaghi (77’ – Greg Boehme), Mutaya Mwape (77’ – Jonathan Bolanos), Luke Pavone (54’ – Stanley Alves), Matt Bolduc

Unused Substitutes: Lee Johnston, Mumbi Kwesele

Greenville GK Dallas Jaye, Tyler Polak, Brandon Fricke, Evan Lee, Cesar Murillo (78’ – Trevor Swartz), Aaron Walker, Noah Pilato (78’ – Colin Stripling), Paul Clowes (54’ – Lachlan McLean), Alex Morrell, Jake Keegan (78’ – Omar Mohamed), Carlos Gomez (60’ – Joshua Donnelly)

Unused Substitutes: Paul Christensen

STATISTICS

Team Shots Saves Fouls Corners
Richmond 11 3 6 4
Greenville 14 2 12 6

SCORING SUMMARY

Min Team Player
15′ RIC Emiliano Terzaghi (Matt Bolduc)
29′ GVL Brandon Fricke (unassisted)
45′ RIC Ryley Kraft (unassisted)

CAUTIONS SUMMARY

Min Team Player
36′ RIC Matt Bolduc
46′ GVL Paul Clowes
64′ RIC Ian Antley
74′ RIC Ian Antley
80′ GVL Aaron Walker

EJECTIONS SUMMARY

Min Team Player
74′ RIC Ian Antley

MATCH INFORMATION

Referee: Matt Franz
Assistant Referees: William Aten, Ben Pilgrim
Fourth Official: Gary Gutierrez
Attendance: 875
Weather: Mostly Sunny, 84 ºF

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