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Photos and Game Summary: Kickers Win Home Opener

Kickers get their first win in the 2020 USL 1 season.

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The Kickers took an early one-goal lead and had a strong first half. The second half saw Madison press hard. The last few minutes were nail-biting with several scrambles in front of the Richmond goal but in the end, the home team prevailed and kept their one-goal leading shutting out the visitors. Full Recap after the photos.


Official Kickers Summary

The Richmond Kickers (1-1-1) picked up their first victory of the 2020 USL League One season Saturday night at City Stadium, behind a 1-0 win over Forward Madison FC (0-2-1). Emiliano Terzaghi scored his second goal of the season, coupled with Akira Fitzgerald picking up his second straight shutout to lead the team to the three points.

Richmond jumped out in front after nine minutes. Kyle Venter sent the ball out wide on the right wing for Ian Antley. He found Emiliano Terzaghi at the top of the Madison box. The Argentine turned and took a touch for space and launched a shot across the face of goal and into the back of the net for the early lead.

Akira Fitzgerald kept Madison off the board in the 33rd minute. Coming out of the hydration break, Christian Diaz floated the ball over the top for Jamael Cox making a run up the left flank. Fitzgerald came off his line as Cox tried to slide his shot under the keeper, but the veteran stopper got a foot on the ball to parry it away.

Deep into first half stoppage, Cox had a chance to level the score. Diaz tried to square a pass to JC Banks, but the midfielder lost his footing and the ball rolled into space. Cox got the ball first and looked for goal as his shot sailed harmlessly over the net.

Luke Pavone, making his first start of the season, nearly doubled the Richmond lead in the 54th minute. Fitzgerald got the play started clearing the ball up field. Pavone headed the ball down for Ryley Kraft, who quickly got it to the feet of Terzaghi. He did not waste a second lofting the ball over the top for Pavone getting in behind the backline.

The post came to the rescue for Forward Madison in the 63rd minute. Kraft looked up to see Matt Bolduc in  plenty of open real estate just outside the 18. After controlling the ball, he put a solid chance on frame, unfortunately bouncing off the woodwork. Terzaghi tried to follow up on the loose ball but he could not control his shot.

Scott Thomsen made a last ditch save off the line to preserve the shutout for Richmond. JC Banks served in a corner kick. Akira Fitzgerald came off his line to punch the ball away, but it fell for former Kickers midfielder Brandon Eaton. He wasted no time trying to find the equalizer. Thomsen got a foot on the shot to save the clean sheet, marking the second one in a row for Richmond.

The Kickers conclude their two match homestand next Saturday night as FC Tucson comes to City Stadium for a 6:30 p.m. kickoff. Tickets are on sale now 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
Richmond 1 0 1
Madison 0 0 0
LINEUPS
Richmond GK Akira Fitzgerald, Ian Antley, Kyle Venter, Ivan Magalhães, Scott Thomsen, Victor Falck, Ryley Kraft, Emiliano Terzaghi, Jonathan Bolanos (59’ – Mutaya Mwape), Matt Bolduc (70’ – Zev Taublieb, 76’ – Gianluca Cuomo), Luke Pavone
Unused Substitutes: Lee Johnston, Greg Boehme, Charles Boateng, Amass Amankona

Madison GK Philipp Marceta, Christian Diaz (81’ – Eli Lockaby), Conor Tobin, Josiah Trimmingham (81’ – Eric Leonard), Jiro Barriga Toyama (86’ – Gustavo Fernandes), JC Banks, Allan Rodriguez (62’ – Brandon Eaton), Don Smart, Paulo Jr, Jamael Cox (62’ – Alex Monis), Wojciech Wojcik

Unused Substitutes: Chris Brady, Louis Bennett

STATISTICS

TEAM SHOTS SAVES FOULS CORNERS
Richmond 8 0 12 3
Madison 7 1 10 7
SCORING SUMMARY
MIN TEAM PLAYER
9′ RIC Emiliano Terzaghi (Ian Antley)
CAUTIONS SUMMARY
MIN TEAM PLAYER
16′ MAD Josiah Trimmingham
73′ MAD Wojciech Wojcik
EJECTIONS SUMMARY
MIN TEAM PLAYER
None.

MATCH INFORMATION

Referee: Matt Franz
Assistant Referees: Meghan Mullen, Andrew Charron
Fourth Official: JC Griggs
Attendance: 822
Weather: Mostly Sunny, 81 ºF

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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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Tacky Lights Carwash at Tommy’s

Clean car and check out over 50,000 lights at Tommy’s.

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Fresh off their successful haunted carwash Tommy’s Express (7048 Forest Hill Ave) is getting all lit up for the holidays.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year and Tommy’s Express Richmond is going to ensure you get into the Christmas spirit!

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Learn More and Voice Your Opinion on Proposed Casino

The citizens of Richmond will have the final say in whether to bring a resort casino to Richmond via a voter referendum expected to appear on the November 2021 ballot.

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In January of this year, the Pamunkey Indian Tribe announced plans to build a casino resort on 36 acres of land near Ingram and Commerce Avenue. The tribe is in the process of securing all the land necessary. If everything goes according to plan the resort will be the home to a 275-room hotel, 1,000 space parking lot, restaurants and of course gambling. The estimated cost of the project is $350 million.

In April 2020, the Virginia General Assembly authorized 5 cities to allow full-service casinos to operate in their jurisdictions. The General Assembly Law requires that the proposed casino operator/site be approved by a voter referendum. In November 2020 Danville, Norfolk, Bristol, and Portsmouth voters approved casino operators/sites to establish in their cities. The City of Richmond is issuing an RFQ/P to select an operator and site. Following the City’s selection of a preferred operator and site, the citizens of Richmond will have the final say in whether to bring a resort casino to Richmond via a voter referendum expected to appear on the November 2021 ballot. For more information, visit www.rva.gov/economic-development/resort-casino.

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Friends of Rattlesnake Creek Protesting City Plans

The city has a plan for Rattlesnake Creek but a group of citizens believe that the city’s efforts are misguided. 

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Rattlesnake Creek flows into the James River right at the edge of Huguenot Flatwater. As with many creeks in our area, it has issues dealing with erosion and sediment. The city has a plan for Rattlesnake Creek but a group of citizens believe that the city’s efforts are misguided.
The Friends of Rattlesnake Creek outline their issues below and are urging folks to sign their petition.
  • The City of Richmond wants to remove over 100 mature trees from Rattlesnake Creek in a harmful, misguided attempt at “restoration.” The trees and understory span several acres and serve as a wildlife corridor, while also providing natural protections to the water quality of the creek. The stated goal of this ill-conceived project is to reduce sediment from erosion that flows into the Chesapeake Bay.
  • Although reducing dissolved sediment in our water bodies is important, it’s become increasingly clear that the real motivation – to collect tax credits at any cost – has seriously undermined any potential restorative value of the project.
  • The lack of foresight demonstrated in this “restoration” plan is anything but restorative. It sacrifices the local ecosystem and attacks the problem at the symptom level, not the source. It does not address the real issue of watershed remediation, and comes at great cost to ecosystems and taxpayers.
  • Best Management Principles were not followed. No Site Assessment was conducted. No Environmental Impact Report was done. The information needed to make an informed decision was not presented at public hearings.
  • Previous stream restoration projects the City has undertaken have had questionable outcomes; improperly stabilized banks have washed out in high water events, invasive species have negatively impacted new plantings, and newly planted trees have died due to lack of care.
  • The tax credit money the City would receive for this project will not make up for the ecological destruction that this shortsighted project will cause at taxpayers’ expense.
  • There’s still time to protect Rattlesnake Creek! Other RVA restoration projects, including the Reedy Creek Project, were abandoned or discontinued after citizen’s made their voices heard.
More information can be found here.

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