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.
TEAM FIRST HALF SECOND HALF FINAL Greenville 1 2 3 Richmond 1 1 2
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
TEAM SHOTS SAVES FOULS CORNERS Greenville 11 1 12 5 Richmond 11 4 6 5
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
MIN TEAM PLAYER 77′ GVL Brandon Fricke
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.
Official Kickers Summary
|CHATTANOOGA RED WOLVES SC
(4-2-3, 15 points)
|2||Dieterich (Hernandez) 54’, Beattie (Hernandez) 90’|
(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
|Team||First Half||Second Half||Final|
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
|13′||RIC||Emiliano Terzaghi (Matt Bolduc)|
|54′||CHA||Tanner Dieterich (Mark Hernandez)|
|90′||CHA||Steven Beattie (Mark Hernandez)|
Assistant Referees: Austin Holt, Jonathan Fogo
Fourth Official: Kyle Johnston
Weather: Cloudy, 86 ºF
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.
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.
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.
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
(4-1-1, 13 points)
|2||Terzaghi (Bolduc) 15′, Kraft 45′|
|GREENVILLE TRIUMPH SC
(5-2-1, 16 points)
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+.
|Team||First Half||Second Half||Final|
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
|15′||RIC||Emiliano Terzaghi (Matt Bolduc)|
|29′||GVL||Brandon Fricke (unassisted)|
|45′||RIC||Ryley Kraft (unassisted)|
Assistant Referees: William Aten, Ben Pilgrim
Fourth Official: Gary Gutierrez
Weather: Mostly Sunny, 84 ºF