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Photos and Game Summary: Kickers Battle Fog and High Point University for a Preseason Win

Last night the Richmond Kickers played against High Point University out of North Carolina at the River City Sportsplex.

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Kickers: 3
High Point: 1

No official summary of the preseason game against High Point University. The reason is two fold. Basically this is a friendly with an abundance of new players and lack of numbers tends to make any serious evaluation hard. Secondly, efforts at tactical analysis were further hampered by an extremely dense fog. Players at the other end of the field were barely distinguishable. We can tell you that so far the Kickers seem to be playing a much higher press and much more direct attack under new Coach Darren Sawatzky.

Stanley Alves netted two goals the first in the 10th minute and the second in the 21st. The first was unassisted the second service was a quick one-two in the box with Terzaghi.

Jonathan Bolanos scored in the 18th off an Emiliano Terzaghi rebound. This was doubly exciting for Bolanos as High Point is his alma mater.

High Point showed signs of life in the 44th minute. Goalkeeper Akira Fitzgerald made a stunning diving save but the ball fell into the box and the Kicker’s defenders were unable to clear the ball.

The Kickers have another pre-season game that is open to the public this Sunday at Ukrop park against Old Dominion University. Kicker legend and all-around good guy William Yomby is currently an assistant coach for ODU. Kickoff is scheduled for 4 PM>

2020 Richmond Kickers Roster

Goalkeepers (3): Matt Broomall, Akira Fitzgerald, Lee Johnston
Defenders (7): Wahab Ackwei, Ian Antley, Devante Dubose, Ivan Magalhães, Conor Shanosky, Scott Thomsen, Kyle Venter
Midfielders (10): Amass Amankona, Greg Boehme, Jonathan Bolanos, Matt Bolduc, Gianluca Cuomo, David Diosa, Victor Falck, Mumbi Kwesele, Ryley Kraft, Mutaya Mwape, Luke Pavone
Forwards (3): Stanley Alves, Charles Boateng, Emiliano Terzaghi

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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: Sunflowers at Alvis Farms

The Sunflower Festival was this past weekend but you can still check thousands of sunflowers.

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This morning we jumped in the car and headed out past Short Pump to Alvers Farm. This past weekend they held their 2nd Annual Sunflower Festival. Fortunately for oblivious folks like me you can still visit the farm and check out their 50 acres of sunflowers, sunflower maze and pick your own sunflower patch. Flowers will cost you $2 a stem or 3 for $5.

The farm is open through Thursday, July 16th. You can check it out for $5 from 8-10 AM or from 5-8 PM. We got there right at 8 AM and a steady crowd trickled in as the temperature climbed. Hit that link above for directions to the farm.

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Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden reopens Thursday with timed ticketing options

Starting Thursday you’ll be able to visit the garden grounds again, but you’ll need a timed ticket in order to ensure social distancing.

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From Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden:

For the safety of all during COVID-19, the Garden is using an online, timed ticketing system where you can choose the time you will arrive. Garden members must reserve their free member tickets through this system. Children under age 3 do not need a ticket. All tickets are online only; no walk-ups.

IMPORTANT: On your first visit to our new online ticketing system, you will be prompted to create an account with your email address, a password and contact information. Members, you do not use your membership account to purchase tickets; ticketing and membership are two separate systems.

Once you have a ticketing account, you will be able to sign in with your username and password to purchase tickets.

Tickets are non-refundable and Garden member tickets are non-transferable. The Garden is open rain or shine and only closed for severe inclement weather. Any weather-related closings are posted to lewisginter.org or social media.

Members, you can buy the same number of tickets as corresponds to your membership type. For example, an individual member can buy one ticket. A dual member can buy two. A family member can buy 2 adults and up to 6 kids tickets. Friends members can buy up to 4 adult and 8 kids tickets.

Not a member yet? It may be your best deal; learn more about member benefits.

Learn more and purchase tickets here.

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Deep Run Roadhouse Closes Its VCU Restaurant

The original location at 12379 Gayton Road is still serving up barbecue so don’t fret if Deep Run Roadhouse was your go-to que.

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Shed a barbecue flavored tear as a solid BBQ joint closes its VCU outpost. Deep Run Roadhouse brought the flavors of Alamo to the Fan and the West End. Paul Hubbard was the smoke master of Alamo, sold his interest in the Church Hill legend and opened up Deep Run Roadhouse out on Glayton Road. Five years ago he expanded to 309 N. Laurel Street. Now only the West End restaurant remains but he hopes to come back into town.

Full message posted to Facebook:

Its been an amazing and successful 5 years, but our lease has come to an end. We are currently looking for a larger space to eventually move into, so we can be back downtown someday soon. Our West End store is still open 7 days a week from 11am – 9pm and it is thriving.

There are no words that could express our gratitude to all of our patrons and the VCU community. We will always honor our 10% off commitment to all patrons with a VCU ID at our West End location. We also hope to still continue being VCU’s preferred BBQ Catering Company for many years to come.

With ALL of the love, sincerity, and respect imaginable, our Deep Run Roadhouse family thanks all the awesome employees and patrons, that made the last 5 years a success. We are also very fortunate to mention, that all employees at our VCU location that wanted to stay with the company, have kept their jobs and have received a higher pay rate at our West End store and in our catering department.

We will dearly miss cooking for you all and hope that you will visit us at our West End Location someday soon.

Cheers,

The Deep Run Roadhouse Family

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