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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.

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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

RICHMOND KICKERS
(4-1-1, 13 points)
2 Terzaghi (Bolduc) 15′, Kraft 45′
GREENVILLE TRIUMPH SC
(5-2-1, 16 points)
1 Fricke 29′

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+.

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
Greenville 1 0 1

LINEUPS
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

STATISTICS

Team Shots Saves Fouls Corners
Richmond 11 3 6 4
Greenville 14 2 12 6

SCORING SUMMARY

Min Team Player
15′ RIC Emiliano Terzaghi (Matt Bolduc)
29′ GVL Brandon Fricke (unassisted)
45′ RIC Ryley Kraft (unassisted)

CAUTIONS SUMMARY

Min Team Player
36′ RIC Matt Bolduc
46′ GVL Paul Clowes
64′ RIC Ian Antley
74′ RIC Ian Antley
80′ GVL Aaron Walker

EJECTIONS SUMMARY

Min Team Player
74′ RIC Ian Antley

MATCH INFORMATION

Referee: Matt Franz
Assistant Referees: William Aten, Ben Pilgrim
Fourth Official: Gary Gutierrez
Attendance: 875
Weather: Mostly Sunny, 84 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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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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 0 1 1
Chattanooga 0 2 2

LINEUPS

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

STATISTICS

TEAM SHOTS SAVES FOULS CORNERS
Richmond 12 6 13 2
Chattanooga 17 3 18 5

SCORING SUMMARY

MIN TEAM PLAYER
57′ CHA Greg Hurst (Conor Doyle)
64′ RIC Oalex Anderson (Matt Bolduc)
90′ CHA Mark Hernandez (Jason Ramos)

CAUTIONS SUMMARY

MIN TEAM PLAYER
25′ RIC Wahab Ackwei
86′ CHA Mark Hernandez
90′ CHA Ronaldo Pineda
90′ RIC Greg Boehme

EJECTIONS SUMMARY

MIN TEAM PLAYER
None.

MATCH INFORMATION

Referee: Danielle Chesky
Assistant Referees: Ben Pilgram, Nicholas Seymour
Fourth Official: Nickrod Fateh
Attendance: 875
Weather: Cloudy, 75 ºF

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Preview: Kickers One Win From Championship

With a win against Chattanooga on Saturday the Kickers would face Greenville for the USL League Championship.

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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

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

Prediction

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

The Richmond Kickers (8-5-2) close out the 2020 USL League One regular season this Saturday night at City Stadium as they play host to Chattanooga Red Wolves SC (5-5-4), presented by Rybec Insurance with Allstate. Gates will open up at 5:30 p.m. and the match will kick off at 6:30 p.m. The match will air live on WTVR CBS 6.3 (Comcast 206, Verizon FiOS 466) and streaming on ESPN+. A very limited number of tickets are still available at RichmondKickers.com/Tickets.
Chattanooga leads the overall series against the Kickers, taking four wins to the Kickers one win over the last two seasons. This will mark the second time these two clubs will meet this season. The Kickers made the trek to CHI Memorial Stadium back on September 12, falling on the road to the Red Wolves 1-2. Emiliano Terzaghi opened up the scoring, putting away a volley from Matt Bolduc in the 13th minute. Chattanooga responded in the 54th minute as Tanner Dieterich leveled the score. Steven Beattie came off the bench to score the game-winner in second half stoppage time.
Richmond is coming off a strong offensive performance, taking a 3-1 road win at Orlando City B Wednesday. OCB took the lead after just eight minutes from a goal by Kenji Tanaka. Orlando was dealt an early blow as Daniel Rosario saw a straight red card in the 24th minute, which forced the home side to play a man down the remainder of the match. Mutaya Mwape scored his first goal of the season in the 36th minute from a set up by Greg Boehme to level it. Stanley Alves scored not only the go-ahead goal, but his first professional goal after Mumbi Kwesele laid it off for the forward in the 51st minute. Oalex Anderson completed the trifecta of first goals of the season when he fought off his defender to find the back of the net for the insurance goal in the 64th minute.
Red Wolves SC battled Forward Madison to a 1-1 draw at CHI Memorial Stadium last Saturday afternoon. The referee pointed to the spot after Greg Hurst was brought down by a late tackle from Gustavo Fernandes inside the Madison box. Hurst converted from the penalty spot eight minutes into the match to get Chattanooga out in front early. Michael Vang found the equalizer in the 69th minute as both teams shared the points.
The scenarios for making the USL League One Final are simple for the Kickers. A victory over Chattanooga will see Richmond head to the Final at Greenville. With a draw, the Kickers would need either an Omaha loss or a draw against Fort Lauderdale for Richmond to advance. A loss on Saturday would mean that the Kickers will need both Omaha to lose their match and North Texas either draw or lose their match against Tormenta FC.
Stay up to date with the latest news from the Kickers at RichmondKickers.com and on the official team app.
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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.

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