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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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Offseason Changes Begin Early for Richmond Kickers as President Matt Spear Steps Down

Matt Spear joined the Kickers in January of 2019 as part of 22 Holdings took over the club. Rob Ukrop also part of 22 Holdings reamins

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The Richmond Kickers announced this morning that President Matt Spear will be leaving the organization to focus on his family.

Full Statement from the Richmond Kickers.

Richmond Kickers Pro Soccer President Matt Spear has stepped down from his role to focus on his family. The former sports marketing entrepreneur and college head coach joined the Kickers in January of 2019 as 22 Holdings took over as the new ownership group, and quickly made his mark on the Richmond sports landscape.

“I am so grateful for my experience with the Richmond Kickers,” commented Spear. “Rob Ukrop leads the growing ownership group with the bold transition and new chapter for this special, storied club. My focus and goals started with mission, culture, and community. Success on the field, adding investors, improving the stadium/fan experience and raising the organization’s trajectory follow purpose and people. I have loads of confidence in the tremendous folks at the club such as Darren Sawatzky to push towards deeper impact and great results. And thank you fans and friends in RVA – you are essential elements of the club’s spirit and drive. Go Richmond!”

During Spear’s leadership, the club has crafted a new core mission, vision and principles, built out a strong leadership team with new hires including Sporting Director and Head Coach, Darren Sawatzky, and Vice President of Sales and Operations, Camp Peery. With Spear’s decision-making in 2019, the team improved from a 9th place finish to one win away from the club’s first Final appearance since 2010. Finally, he led the push for the first major renovations at City Stadium since 1994 with nearly $2 million worth of investments over the last 18 months.

“It is a difficult day knowing my long-time friend, Matt Spear, has chosen to leave our organization to focus on his family, but the entire RVA community is thankful for his efforts to unify our community through soccer,” said Rob Ukrop, Kickers Chairman. “Matt has always been a tremendous leader, and his energy and enthusiasm has been contagious for our team both on and off the field. He has helped our club create a solid foundation to continue building on, and we know Matt and [his son] Beck will be back in town to cheer on his beloved Kickers with his many Richmond area friends in the Red Army and beyond.”

The Kickers completed a much improved season this past Saturday. The team finished fourth in the league and just missed out playing in the Championship Game in an abbreviated season.

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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.

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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.

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 0 1 1
Chattanooga 0 2 2

LINEUPS

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

STATISTICS

TEAM SHOTS SAVES FOULS CORNERS
Richmond 12 6 13 2
Chattanooga 17 3 18 5

SCORING SUMMARY

MIN TEAM PLAYER
57′ CHA Greg Hurst (Conor Doyle)
64′ RIC Oalex Anderson (Matt Bolduc)
90′ CHA Mark Hernandez (Jason Ramos)

CAUTIONS SUMMARY

MIN TEAM PLAYER
25′ RIC Wahab Ackwei
86′ CHA Mark Hernandez
90′ CHA Ronaldo Pineda
90′ RIC Greg Boehme

EJECTIONS SUMMARY

MIN TEAM PLAYER
None.

MATCH INFORMATION

Referee: Danielle Chesky
Assistant Referees: Ben Pilgram, Nicholas Seymour
Fourth Official: Nickrod Fateh
Attendance: 875
Weather: Cloudy, 75 ºF

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Preview: Kickers One Win From Championship

With a win against Chattanooga on Saturday the Kickers would face Greenville for the USL League Championship.

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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

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

Prediction

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

The Richmond Kickers (8-5-2) close out the 2020 USL League One regular season this Saturday night at City Stadium as they play host to Chattanooga Red Wolves SC (5-5-4), presented by Rybec Insurance with Allstate. Gates will open up at 5:30 p.m. and the match will kick off at 6:30 p.m. The match will air live on WTVR CBS 6.3 (Comcast 206, Verizon FiOS 466) and streaming on ESPN+. A very limited number of tickets are still available at RichmondKickers.com/Tickets.
Chattanooga leads the overall series against the Kickers, taking four wins to the Kickers one win over the last two seasons. This will mark the second time these two clubs will meet this season. The Kickers made the trek to CHI Memorial Stadium back on September 12, falling on the road to the Red Wolves 1-2. Emiliano Terzaghi opened up the scoring, putting away a volley from Matt Bolduc in the 13th minute. Chattanooga responded in the 54th minute as Tanner Dieterich leveled the score. Steven Beattie came off the bench to score the game-winner in second half stoppage time.
Richmond is coming off a strong offensive performance, taking a 3-1 road win at Orlando City B Wednesday. OCB took the lead after just eight minutes from a goal by Kenji Tanaka. Orlando was dealt an early blow as Daniel Rosario saw a straight red card in the 24th minute, which forced the home side to play a man down the remainder of the match. Mutaya Mwape scored his first goal of the season in the 36th minute from a set up by Greg Boehme to level it. Stanley Alves scored not only the go-ahead goal, but his first professional goal after Mumbi Kwesele laid it off for the forward in the 51st minute. Oalex Anderson completed the trifecta of first goals of the season when he fought off his defender to find the back of the net for the insurance goal in the 64th minute.
Red Wolves SC battled Forward Madison to a 1-1 draw at CHI Memorial Stadium last Saturday afternoon. The referee pointed to the spot after Greg Hurst was brought down by a late tackle from Gustavo Fernandes inside the Madison box. Hurst converted from the penalty spot eight minutes into the match to get Chattanooga out in front early. Michael Vang found the equalizer in the 69th minute as both teams shared the points.
The scenarios for making the USL League One Final are simple for the Kickers. A victory over Chattanooga will see Richmond head to the Final at Greenville. With a draw, the Kickers would need either an Omaha loss or a draw against Fort Lauderdale for Richmond to advance. A loss on Saturday would mean that the Kickers will need both Omaha to lose their match and North Texas either draw or lose their match against Tormenta FC.
Stay up to date with the latest news from the Kickers at RichmondKickers.com and on the official team app.
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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.

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