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Photos and Game Summary: Kickers Roll to Second Home Victory

Two goals in the first half gave the Kickers the win on Saturday against Tulsa FC.

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The Kickers once again started the first half with high pressure and nabbed two goals. Also once again the Kickers made the last minutes of the game more exciting than necessary, allowing the visitor to press the attack. Tulsa pulled back one goal but in the end it wasn’t enough. Official Kickers’ summary is after the photos.








Official Kickers Summary

TEAM SCORE GOALSCORERS
RICHMOND KICKERS
(2-1-1, 7 points)
2 Magalhães (Mwape) 7’, Terzaghi (Kraft) 42’
FC TUCSON
(1-3-0, 3 points)
1 Adams (Dennis) 82′

 

The Richmond Kickers (2-1-1) picked up their second-straight win Saturday night at City Stadium, taking a 2-1 victory over FC Tucson (1-3-0). Ivan Magalhães scored his first goal for the Kickers after just seven minutes. Emiliano Terzaghi doubled the Richmond lead in the 42nd minute, scoring in his second-straight match. Tucson would get a consolation goal in the 82nd minute from Shak Adams.

Ivan Magalhães scored his first goal in a Richmond shirt after just seven minutes. Roberto Alarcon was whistled for a foul on Scott Thomsen, setting up a free kick opportunity for the Kickers on the edge of the Tucson box. Mutaya Mwape stepped up and dropped in a perfect ball for Magalhães at the penalty spot. He placed his header towards the inside of the post and out of the reach of Carlos Merancio to put the Kickers up 1-0.

Three minutes later, Akira Fitzgerald came up big for Richmond. Elivelton won the ball in the midfield and started a run from goal. He tried a long range effort to test the Richmond keeper, but Fitzgerald was quick to react for the save.

Richmond had a near scare in the 37th minute. Shak Adams broke free on the left wing. Going one on one with Kyle Venter, Adams looked to whip in a cross. The ball took an odd deflection off Venter, arching over Fitzgerald and the Kickers goal.

Just before halftime Richmond would double their lead through the team leading scorer, Emiliano Terzaghi. Scott Thomsen got to the endline to send in a cross for Luke Pavone inside the Tucson box. His shot was saved by a miraculous dive from Merancio. The ball rolled out for Matt Bolduc at the top of the box. He quickly found Ryley Kraft, who turned enough to slip the ball to Terzaghi, as the Argentine made no mistake finding the back of the net in his second-straight match and third time overall this season.

The Kickers nearly came away with a third goal in the 57th minute. From a corner kick, Kraft floated in a corner kick towards goal. Seeing it bend in on frame, Merancio needed to palm it away from danger. Instead the ball fell to the feet of Pavone at the back post. On a tough angle, he looked for a shot on frame as his shot skipped across the face of goal.

Tucson looked to pull a goal back in the 66th minute. Coming in off the bench, Azaadi Liadi controlled the ball on the right wing and quickly turned towards the Richmond goal. His shot went beyond the far post despite Fitzgerald covering the goal.

The visitors would find their goal in the 81st minute. Tommy Silva controlled the ball on the left side and squared a pass to Charlie Dennis sitting at the top of the 18. As he was making a run trying to find space, he poked the ball ahead to Shak Adams. He went for the quick shot, sliding it under Fitzgerald.

A last ditch save from Magalhães helped to prevent a second goal by Tucson. A cross came in from Darryl Longdon, picking out Silva in space inside the Richmond box. Magalhães came out quickly to shut down the chance right as Silva struck the ball.

The Kickers are back on the road next Thursday night, August 20 as they take the trip up to Gillette Stadium to face New England Revolution II. Kickoff is at 7:00 p.m. and will air live on WTVR CBS 6.3 and 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
Tucson 0 1 1

LINEUPS
Richmond GK Akira Fitzgerald, Ian Antley, Ivan Magalhães, Kyle Venter, Scott Thomsen, Victor Falck, Ryley Kraft (85’ – Greg Boehme), Emiliano Terzaghi, Mutaya Mwape (65’ – Jonathan Bolanos), Luke Pavone (75’ – Amass Amankona), Matt Bolduc

Unused Substitutes: Lee Johnston, Hassan Pinto, Gianluca Cuomo, Charles Boateng, Greg Boehme

Tucson GK Carlos Merancio, Esteban Calvo, Charlie Booth (82’ – Darryl Longdon), Niall Logue, Tommy Silva, Raheem Sommersall (70’ – Ramone Howell), Erik Virgen (70’ – Charlie Dennis), Elivelton, Roberto Alacron, Shak Adams, Giovanni Godoy (56’ – Azaad Liadi)

Unused Substitutes: Amahl Knight, Adrian Valenzuela, Joshua Coan, Darryl Longdon

STATISTICS

Team Shots Saves Fouls Corners
Richmond 14 2 17 4
Tucson 11 4 12 6

SCORING SUMMARY

Min Team Player
7′ RIC Ivan Magalhães (Mutaya Mwape)
42′ RIC Emiliano Terzaghi (Ryley Kraft)
82′ TUC Shak Adams (Charlie Dennis)

CAUTIONS SUMMARY

Min Team Player
24′ RIC Ryley Kraft
35′ RIC Matt Bolduc
63′ TUC Niall Louge
90′ TUC Charlie Dennis

EJECTIONS SUMMARY

Min Team Player
None.

MATCH INFORMATION

Referee: Danielle Chesky
Assistant Referees: A. Max Smith, William Aten
Fourth Official: Jeffrey Skinker
Attendance: 634
Weather: Rain, 73 ºF

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PHOTOS & GAME SUMMARY: Kickers Come From Behind to Win

As of right now, the Kickers sit in first place in the league. The next two games are on the road and include a match against the team that is in 2nd in the league.

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Official Kickers Summary

RICHMOND KICKERS: 3 45′ Vanacore-Decker (Ritchie), 56′ Terzaghi (Bentley), 64′ Terzaghi (Ritchie)
FC TUCSON: 1 28′ Calixtro

The Richmond Kickers (10-6-4, 34 pts) returned home with a come-from-behind win against FC Tucson (3-10-4, 13 pts) to sweep the three-game series with eight goals against Tucson’s single goal.

Emiliano Terzaghi scored two goals – tying him for the USL League One lead – and Ethan Vanacore-Decker scored his first goal as a Kicker. Stuart Ritchie tallied two assists and Matthew Bentley recorded one.

The Kickers had the first opportunity on goal early in the match in the 13th minute as Terzaghi played a back heel to Nil Vinyals. He returned the ball to Terzaghi who tried to chip the keeper but was denied by Tucson’s Carlos Merancio.

Tucson crossed the ball into the box and forced Fitzgerald to make a diving save in the 19th minute to keep the game 0-0.

In the 29th minute, Tucson drew first blood as Giovanni Calixtro scored in the far side off a back heel pass from his teammate Franco Perez.

The Roos responded in the 45th minute as Vanacore-Decker scored his first Kickers’ goal in City Stadium. Ritchie received the ball from the wings and found Vanacore-Decker in the box with plenty of space to turn behind the defender. He took the shot into the lower right corner of the net past the reach of the keeper.

In the span of 20 games, the Kickers have scored 19 goals in the first half.

Both teams sought the advantage but it finally came for the Roos in the 56th minute. Vinyals found Bentley onside behind the defender who snuck the ball in the perfect spot for Terzaghi to slide it right into the back of the net after being denied in the first half.

The Kickers continued knocking at the door for more as Jonathan Bolanos received the ball from Vinyals, took on the defenders, and took a shot that hit just outside the net just a few minutes after making his return from injury.

In the 64th minute, Ethan Bryant found Ritchie on the wing. Ritchie then crossed the ball into the box, finding Terzaghi in front of the defender who slid to put the ball past the keeper into the goal. This marked the second goal for Terzaghi and Ritchie’s second assist of the night.

Fitzgerald kept Tucson to only one goal in the 67th minute after denying an open shot from Jacob Crull.

Even in stoppage time, the Kickers had two more opportunities in the box almost back-to-back.

In the first minute of stoppage time, Leonardo Baima received the ball from Stephen Payne who then found Luke Pavone at the top of the box but was unlucky with his first touch.

In the second minute, Payne once again found Pavone on the run toward the end line who found Bolanos in the box but his shot went just wide of the net.

The Kickers are back on the road to face Greenville Triumph SC on Saturday, Aug. 13, for a top-of-the-table clash before traveling to Fresno, Calif. to take on Central Valley Fuego on Saturday, Aug. 20.

The Kickers return home on Saturday, Aug. 27 to take on Union Omaha during ’95 Open Cup Anniversary Celebration Night. Kickoff for the match against Union Omaha is set for 6:30 p.m. Tickets are 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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Kickers at Home Against Tucson After Long Road Trip – Preview

The Kickers hope to keep FC Tucson in the basement while they scramble into first place.

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Opponent: FC Tucson (3 – 9 – 4)
Date/Time: Saturday, August 6th, 6:30 PM
Last Result: Kickers 1 – Northern Colorado 0

Weather Forecast from Weatherbug

This forecast is about as good as it gets in August.

 

Three Things to Kick About

  1. Fighting for First – The Kickers dropped down a bit after two losses and then immediately regained those spots with back-to-back wins. Unlike other seasons the Kickers have been fairly rock steady. Rarely leaving the top 4. This consistency is key and they should be able to keep it up against a last place Tucson.
  2. On the Road Again – The last part of July and early August the Kickers got their fill of travel. They played at home on July 16th but then headed to Fresno on the 23rd. Then it was back to Richmond and a bus trip down to Cary on July 27th. They capped it off by then flying to Colorado to face the Hailstorm on August 6th. Is there a term for worst than jet lag? because I’m sure the team has it right now.
  3. Getting it Down Barely – The Kickers have won the past two games but just by the skin of their teeth. When in Cary on July 27th it was the 90th minute and the Kickers were down 2-1, they stormed back and with two goals and snatched a win. It was one of the most exciting and surprising games I’ve been lucky enough to watch. They followed up that excitement with more heroics in Colorado. The Hailstorm dominated every stat and rarely lost possession. Then in the 32 minute Golden Boot contender Terzaghi blasted a shot from 40 yards into the back of the net. That didn’t change the flow of the game and without Fitzgerald in goal the Kicker would have surely lost.The excitement in Cary shouldn’t be missed.

Prediction

I’m truly worried about this game. The Kickers have missed Jonathan Bolanos who despite missing the last 3? games still leads the league in assists with 7. Not to mention his 3 goals. No word on when he’ll be back but the Kickers are not the same team without him. This combined with the previously mentioned travel makes it a tough match and will test their depth. The Kickers don’t get any real rest either because the next two games are on the road as well. On the plus side Terzaghi is still in the running for Golden Boot with 9 goals and just two behind the leader some dude from Greenville. Bently also seems to have found his form a bit and has notched 5 goals and midfielder Nil Vinyals has 4. The Kickers have offensive depth like no Kickers team I’ve seen. With that being said there is no choice but to go with the home team.

Kickers 3 Tucson 1

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Matt Turner Returns and Brings Arsenal – Photos

Former Richmond Kicker and current Arsenal goalkeeper played a friendly up in Baltimore and we’ve got the pictures to prove it.

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Saturday night, Arsenal beat Everton, 2-0, in a friendly preseason game held at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. It gets glossed over but Arsenal goalkeeper Matt Turner has Richmond roots. Before heading overseas to Arsenal he was plying his trade with the New England Revolution. Prior to that in 2016-2017, he was on loan to the Richmond Kickers. One can only assume (admittedly many will disagree) that these crucial years in Richmond lead to his current success.  At the very least he gave us enough of a connection to get a press pass.

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