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
(2-1-1, 7 points)
|2||Magalhães (Mwape) 7’, Terzaghi (Kraft) 42’|
(1-3-0, 3 points)
|1||Adams (Dennis) 82′|
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+.
|Team||First Half||Second Half||Final|
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
|7′||RIC||Ivan Magalhães (Mutaya Mwape)|
|42′||RIC||Emiliano Terzaghi (Ryley Kraft)|
|82′||TUC||Shak Adams (Charlie Dennis)|
Assistant Referees: A. Max Smith, William Aten
Fourth Official: Jeffrey Skinker
Weather: Rain, 73 ºF
Preview: Kickers take on Fort Lauderdale FC
Opponent: Fort Lauderdale FC(3, 4, 2)
Date/Time: Wedneday, Sept 23rd – 6:30 PM
Last Result: Kickers 1, Chattanooga 2
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Three Things to Kick About
- Terzaghi – He scores when he wants. He’s up to 7 goals now. Can he be stopped? The Richmond faithful hope not.
- Bounce back – There are two things the Kickers need to bounce back from, the loss in Chattanooga and the canceled game on Saturday. Getting ready for a game only to have it pulled at the last minute stings but not as bad as losing a game in the last minutes. This game will tell us a lot about the character of this team.
- Unknown – The Kickers haven’t played Fort Lauderdale before so it will be a bit of the unknown.
The Kickers know they need this win and are at home. They’ve also had more rest than Fort Lauderdale. Kickers are going to get on top the visitors and not let up.
Kickers 3, Fort Lauderdale 0
Official Kickers Preview
Midfielder David Diosa (#11) made his Kickers debut at Chattanooga, coming off the bench to play the final 13 minutes of the match. The native of Medellin, Colombia signed with the Kickers after playing five seasons with the New York Cosmos, logging over 40 matches and scoring four goals and adding five assists. Midfielder Luke Pavone (#14) returned to the Kickers lineup in Chattanooga. He has made six appearances this season, including five starts and is third on the team in shots with six. Defender Ivan Magalhães (#4) has appeared in every match this season for Richmond. He leads the club in both clearances (33) and interceptions (16), while tied for the top spot with four blocks.
Forward Ricky Lopez-Espin (#7) is the offensive catalyst for Fort Lauderdale in their inaugural season. The former Lansing Ignite FC man has six goals this season, one behind Golden Boot leader Emiliano Terzaghi. Midfielder Eduardo Sosa (#10) leads the club with three assists in six matches. He had one goal in 18 matches with Columbus Crew SC over the last two years before signing with Fort Lauderdale before the start of the season. Midfielder Edison Azcona (#21) scored in Fort Lauderdale’s last match, a 1-2 defeat to South Georgia Tormenta FC. He signed with the club after spending time in the Inter Miami CF Academy and the Orlando City SC Academy prior to that.
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.