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
Photos and Game Summary: Kickers Beat Themselves in Home Opener
An own goal proves to be the Kickers doom.
Official Kickers Summary
(1-1-0, 3 points)
|GREENVILLE TRIUMPH SC
(1-0-0, 3 points)
|1||Own Goal 74′|
RICHMOND, Va. — (Saturday, April 24, 2020) — The Richmond Kickers (1-1-0) fell at home to the defending league title-winners Greenville Triumph SC (1-0-0) at City Stadium Saturday night. An own goal in the 74th minute gave the visitors the only goal of the night.
Ivan Magalhães came up with a massive block in the 17th minute to shut down the Greenville attack. Don Smart whipped in a cross. The center back dove in to head the ball away from goal to shut down any chance.
Akira Fitzgerald made a goal-line save in the 20th minute to prevent Greenville from getting on the board. Tyler Polak served in a free kick to the back post for Max Hemmings. His header was denied by Fitzgerald on the line. Lachlan McLean looked for a follow-up shot as the flag went up for the offside call.
Richmond had their first look on goal in the 27th minute. Jonathan Bolanos had space to run up the left wing. Looking like he was going to cut across the top of the box, he fed the ball through for Emiliano Terzaghi. The Argentine turned to get a shot off that forced a save from Dallas Jaye.
Greenville was reduced to 10 men in the 40th minute after Cesar Murillo made contact to Bolano’s upper body when the forward had daylight between him and the goal. Murillo was issued his second yellow card of the match and sent off.
The deadlock was broken in the 74th minute by the Triumph. Abdi Mohamed played the ball ahead to McLean. He looked to get the ball into the box with multiple Greenville players in the area. Luke Pavone slid in trying to clear the ball out of the six-yard box but it ricocheted awkwardly and found the back of the net.
Deep into stoppage time, Oalex Anderson was inches away from getting the tying goal. Zaca Moran served in a ball that found Stanley Alves. He leaped for a header to square the ball to Anderson. The St. Vincent and the Grenadines forward turned towards goal and his shot screamed just wide of the Greenville net.
The Kickers are back on the road next Sunday as they make the trip down to Florida to face Fort Lauderdale CF. This match is set to kickoff at 7:30 p.m. and it will be available live on WTVR CBS 6.3 and streaming on ESPN+. The match will also be broadcasted in Spanish on WULT Ultra 94.1FM/1540AM.
|Team||First Half||Second Half||Final|
Richmond: Akira Fitzgerald, Juan Pablo Monticelli, Ivan Magalhães, Jalen Crisler, Luke Pavone, Zaca Moran, Victor Falck (77’ – Stanley Alves), Emiliano Terzaghi, Jonathan Bolanos (74’ – Oalex Anderson), Hernan Gonzalez (61’ – Nil Vinyals), Matt Bolduc
Unused Substitutes: Austin Aviza, Nathan Aune, Cameron Vickers, Austin Causey
Greenville: Dallas Jaye, Tyler Polak, Brandon Fricke, Max Hemmings, Cesar Murillo, Aaron Walker (90+1’ – Evan Lee), Noah Pilato, Andrew Booth (87’ – Alex Morrell), Don Smart, Lachlan McLean (79’ – JJ Donnelly), Marios Lomis (45’ – Abdi Mohamed)
Unused Substitutes: Paul Christensen, Allen Gavilanes, Jesus Ibarra
|28′||RIC||Juan Pablo Monticelli|
Assistant Referees: Amilcar Sicaju, Ian Mangione
Fourth Official: Jeremy Scheer
Preview: Kickers Home Opener is Against Reigning Champs Greenville
The season began with a win on the road and the Kickers hope to keep their winning ways at home.
Opponent: Greenville Triumph (0-0-0)
Date/Time: Saturday, April 24th, 6:30 PM
Last Result: Kickers 3 – New England II 0
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Three Things to Kick About
- Possession – It’s not how long you have the ball it’s what you do with it when you have it. Last game the Kickers only had around 30% possession but scored 3 goals on 9 shots. Efficient is the word that comes to mind. Expect more of the same.
- Argentina Connection – In addition to Golden Boot and MVP winner Emiliano Terzaghi the Kickers added two new Argentinians. Hernan Gonzalez (forward) and Zaca Morán (midfielder) will help take the pressure of Emiliano and I would expect scoring from a much larger variety of players this year.
- New Look – The Kickers released their best kit in many, many, many, years. You can see the away jersey above with the Ukrop’s rainbow cookies. They’ll be wearing the home red on Saturday. Both are available for purchase although the away one is still preorder right now.
The Kickers have already started their season. The Triumph have to travel for their first game of the season. The Triumph hasn’t had much success in Richmond and this new Kickers team will over a much different look than previous meetings. The weather could be a factor and make for a sloppy game but the Kickers will be the victor.
Kickers 2 – Greenville 0
The Richmond Kickers (1-0-0) welcome Greenville Triumph (0-0-0) to the home opener for the 2021 season, this Saturday night, April 24 at City Stadium, presented by Bon Secours. Kickoff for this match is set for 6:30 p.m. ET. A competition between the two clubs, this match marks the start of the third season of the Bon Secours Cup.
This match will be the third meeting between the two clubs since August 2020. Greenville pulled away from the first matchup with a 3-2 win, then later Richmond returned the favor with a 2-1 win from home at City Stadium. In the several years since Greenville Triumph was formed the two clubs have matched up on three separate occasions apart from the shortened 2020 season. The first tie between the clubs resulted in a Kickers 1-0 win with Joe Gallardo knocking in the only goal of the match. About a month later, the two would face each other again, only this time Greenville would come out the victors with a 1-0 win from Jake Keegan’s lone goal. The final matchup of 2019 would see the Kickers come out on top for the 2nd time of the season. This time around, Braeden Troyer would knock in the only goal to ensure yet another Richmond win over Greenville.
The first of the pair of fixtures between the two teams saw Greenville edge a slight advantage over Richmond in their first game of the 2020 season. The scoring opened with an own goal by an attempted clearance that was deflected into the goal. At 36 minutes Matt Bolduc opened the scoring account for the Kickers’ 2020 season after an assist from Wahab Ackwei. The start of the second half saw another own goal from Richmond as Greenville took the lead again 2-1. In the 69th minute, Greenville scored following a counter-attack down the wing and a cross centrally placed by Tyler Polak for Jake Keegan to finish. Richmond answered back with a goal in the 74th minute after Jonathan Bolanos made his first professional debut, with a cross aimed right for Emiliano Terzaghi’s head which he flicked back into the goal to open his Kickers scoring account.
The reverse fixture favored the Kickers team at home in City Stadium. Richmond’s 2-1 win saw Matt Bolduc serve up the assist to open up the scoring with Emiliano Terzaghi’s finish for the goal just 14 minutes into the match. Just under 30 minutes into the half Greenville answered back with a goal off of a corner kick that fell into the box and at the feet of Brandon Fricke. Ryley Kraft would go on to cement Richmond’s lead over Greenville with a goal after a goal post deflection dropped the ball right at his feet. With the victory, Richmond hoisted the Bon Secours Cup for a second straight season.
The Kickers will head into this match looking to find their stride after a positive outing at New England last weekend. A couple of key additions to the squad since the 2020 season are forward Hernan Gonzalez and midfielder Zaca Moran, who was presented with the Man of the Match award. An honorable mention to Juan Pablo Monticelli who was named the USL League One Player of the Week after not only scoring a goal but helping Richmond keep a clean sheet for the match.
Greenville has yet to play a regular-season match in the 2021 season and the former USL League One title-winners will be facing a Richmond squad that is riding the wave off a 3-0 clean-sheet win against New England. Richmond did not let a single shot on target against New England, and successfully blocked three shots, and made 28 clearances to keep the clean sheet. Greenville won 8 of their 11 victories by a one-goal margin throughout the 2020 season and did retain their U.S. Soccer Hall of Fame coach John Harkes for the 2021 season and saw the arrival of three new players: Don Smart, Mario Lomis, and Jacob Goodall.
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WTVR CBS 6 Players to Watch
Emiliano Terzaghi (#32) won the USL League One Golden Boot last season scoring 10 goals in the league and playing 1,243 minutes. Coming into the league last season from Argentina, Terzaghi has added much firepower to the Kickers attack. Terzaghi did not manage to score but took three shots on the goal, and had one shot blocked, keeping the New England defense on their heels. Terzaghi had a 60% passing accuracy in the opposition’s half and despite not continuing his scoring form from the previous season he continues to provide a significant attacking output.
Juan Pablo Monticelli (#2) is a new addition to the Kickers, playing as a defensive outside back, Monticelli scored a goal in his debut game with the Kickers and was awarded the USL League One Player of the Week after helping Richmond maintain a clean sheet in their 3-0 win. Monticelli was not only a rock in the defense, but provided an option going forward as well with an 85.7% passing accuracy in the opposition’s half completing 17 of 22 passes. He made five clearances, two tackles, and two interceptions.
Zaca Moran (#6) completes the Argentine trifecta at Richmond. Recording two assists this preseason playing from the midfield, Zaca and his former River Plate experience will help link all phases of play for the Richmond Kickers. Moran was presented with the Man of the Match award for the match at New England after an impressive all-around performance. On the defensive side, he had five tackles and gained possession 10 times, the most of any other player in the squad. Moran also made the most successful passes in the team with 36 and a passing accuracy of 80%.
Greenville Triumph SC
Don Smart (#10) is a new arrival to this Greenville squad. Coming from a notable scoring season at Forward Madison in 2020 with nine goals, Smart is an addition that should help reinforce the scoring margin that kept Greenville on top of the league last season.
Dallas Jaye (#22) won the Golden Glove over the last two seasons with Greenville and led the league last season with nine shutouts and had a 0.69 goals-against average which helped Greenville retain their 11 victories last season.
Alex Morrell (#7) was a key player in Greenville’s attacking output for 2020, his efforts earned him a spot in the All-League First Team of 2020 after he finished the season with five goals and six assists. Morrell is a creative attacking player whose 32 created chances and 27 completed dribbles present a looming danger for opposition.
Photos and Game Summary: Kickers Open Season with a Win in New England
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Official Richmond Kickers Summary
|NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION II
(1-1-0, 3 points)
(1-0-0, 3 points)
|3||Bolanos (Gonzalez) 35’, Monticelli 45+2’, Anderson 90+3’|
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — (Saturday, April 17, 2020) — The Richmond Kickers (1-0-0) opened the 2021 USL League One season with a 3-0 victory on the road at New England Revolution II (1-1-0) Saturday night at Gillette Stadium. Jonathan Bolanos and Juan Pablo Monticelli gave the Kickers the two-goal lead heading into halftime. Late in the match, Oalex Anderson scored the third goal for Richmond.
11 minutes into the match, Richmond found their first look at goal. Ian Antley chipped in a cross towards the back post. Hernan Gonzalez was there for the header as his shot was stopped by the New England keeper.
Four minutes later, Emiliano Terzaghi came close to opening his account for the 2021 season. Zaca Moran floated the ball into the box finding Jalen Crisler. The center back squared the ball for Terzaghi, who calmly controlled, turned, and put his shot on frame only being denied by Edwards in goal for the Revs.
Jonathan Bolanos looked to create a chance for Richmond in the 19th minute. Victor Falck fed the ball to Bolanos on the wing. Getting by two defenders to get to the end line, Bolanos whipped in a cross looking for Gonzalez as Edwards came off his line to punch it away.
Richmond would score their opening goal of the season in the 35 minute from Bolanos. Falck found Gonzalez at the top of the box. As the Argentine was controlling the ball, Bolanos came in with an overlapping run to get control of the ball and lofted it into the back of the net over a defender and the keeper for the opener.
Juan Pablo Monticelli scored on his Kickers debut as he doubled the lead for Richmond just before halftime. Bolanos served in a corner kick. Edwards came out to punch the ball away from Gonzalez. The ball fell to the feet of Monticelli, who was crashing the goal and made no mistake to find the back of the net.
Oalex Anderson continued how he finished last season, scoring his first goal of the season in the third minute of second-half stoppage time. Akira Fitzgerald played the long ball forward as New England’s Sean O’Hearn looked to head the ball back to his keeper. Anderson powered himself past O’Hearn to chip the keeper and find the back of the net.
It was a team effort on the defensive side of the ball. The Kickers did not allow a single shot on target by the Revs. Jalen Crisler and Ivan Magalhães had a strong first outing as a center-back duo. Crisler led the team with seven clearances and Magalhães was tied on the team with two interceptions. Both defenders came up big late in the match to add a block apiece to preserve the first clean sheet of the season.
The Kickers open up the home portion of their schedule next Saturday night, April 24 as the 2020 USL League One Title-Winners, Greenville Triumph SC makes the trip to City Stadium, presented by Bon Secours. Kickoff for that match is at 6:30 p.m. Save 50% on your matchday ticket with a Kickers+ subscription, plus several other perks at RichmondKickers.com/
|Team||First Half||Second Half||Final|
New England: Earl Edwards, Jr., Christian Mafla (77’ – Noel Buck), Sean O’Hearn, François Dulysse, Colby Quinones (68’ – Hikaru Fujiwara), Jake Rozhansky, Luis Caicedo (77’ – Ryan Spaulding), Damian Rivera (77’ – Michael Tsicoulias), Connor Presley, Ryan Sierakowski, Justin Rennicks (68’ – Michel)
Unused Substitutes: Joe Rice, Cole Dewhurst
Richmond: Akira Fitzgerald, Juan Pablo Monticelli, Ivan Magalhães, Jalen Crisler, Ian Antley (28’ – Luke Pavone), Zaca Moran, Victor Falck, Emiliano Terzaghi (90+5’ – Cameron Vickers), Jonathan Bolanos (72’ – Stanley Alves), Hernan Gonzalez (72’ – Oalex Anderson), Matt Bolduc
Unused Substitutes: Austin Aviza, Nathan Aune, Nil Vinyals
|35′||RIC||Jonathan Bolanos (Hernan Gonzalez)|
|45+2′||RIC||Juan Pablo Monticelli (unassisted)|
|90+3′||RIC||Oalex Anderson (unassisted)|
Assistant Referees: Amilcar Sicaju, Ian Mangione
Fourth Official: Jeremy Scheer