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
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
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.
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.
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.
|TEAM||FIRST HALF||SECOND HALF||FINAL|
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
|57′||CHA||Greg Hurst (Conor Doyle)|
|64′||RIC||Oalex Anderson (Matt Bolduc)|
|90′||CHA||Mark Hernandez (Jason Ramos)|
Assistant Referees: Ben Pilgram, Nicholas Seymour
Fourth Official: Nickrod Fateh
Preview: Kickers One Win From Championship
With a win against Chattanooga on Saturday the Kickers would face Greenville for the USL League Championship.
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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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
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.