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Photos and Game Summary: Rams Continue to Roll Beating JMU

VCU has won five straight games to close out non-conference play. The Rams have not trailed in the last 189:47 of game time.

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Official VCU Game Summary

WILLIAMS HELPS VCU HOLD OFF LATE CHARGE FROM JMU

Score: VCU 82, James Madison 81
Location: Richmond, Va. (Siegel Center)
Records: VCU 7-2, James Madison 3-3

The short story: Junior forward Vince Williams hit a crucial step-back jumper in the final minute and flirted with a double-double as VCU held off comeback-minded James Madison for the Rams’ fifth straight victory.

OPENING TIP

  • Williams led VCU with 15 points, eight rebounds, three assists and three steals in 33 minutes of action. He connected on 5-of-10 attempts from the field, including 2-of-4 from 3-point range
  • Freshman point guard Ace Baldwin supplied eight points and handed out a career-high 10 assists for VCU
  • Sophomore guard Bones Hyland also dropped 15 for the Black & Gold, while junior guard KeShawn Curry, in his first game back following a shoulder injury on Dec. 2, poured in 13 points off the bench
  • Freshman Jamir Watkins and sophomore Tre Clark added nine points each for the Rams, while Corey Douglas provided seven rebounds and five blocks
  • CAA Preseason Player of the Year Matt Lewis paced the Dukes with 21 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists

THE DIFFERENCE

  • VCU built a 21-point first half lead behind a defense that forced 14 turnovers and limited the Dukes to 39 percent shooting (10-of-26) in the opening period
  • JMU used a 9-0 burst to close within 77-74 with 1:30 remaining. On the ensuing possession, the left-handed Williams buried a step-back 17-footer from the right elbow with 41 seconds remaining and the shot clock running low to keep the Dukes at bay. The Rams hit 3-of-4 free throws in the remaining moments to clinch the victory
  • VCU forced 18 turnovers and turned those into 22 points
  • The Rams shot .455 (30-of-66) from the field. James Madison hurt itself with 12 missed free throws (15-of-27)

NOTABLE

  • VCU has won five straight games to close out non-conference play. The Rams have not trailed in the last 189:47 of game time
  • Baldwin’s 10 assists were the most by a Ram since Samir Doughty dished out 10 in a win over Saint Joseph’s on Feb. 14, 2017
  • This was the first meeting between these two schools since 2012. VCU leads the all-time series 45-21

UP NEXT

VCU is scheduled to kick off Atlantic 10 Conference play on Wednesday, Dec. 30 against Saint Joseph’s at Hagan Arena in Philadelphia, Pa. The game is scheduled to tip-off at noon on NBC Sports Washington.

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Kickers

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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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

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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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Country music artist Lauren Alaina to perform at 2022 Dominion Energy Charity Classic

Grand Ole Opry member and multi-Platinum-selling singer/songwriter Lauren Alaina will perform at the 2022 Dominion Energy Charity Classic on Friday, October 21, following the first round of competition at The Country Club of Virginia, James River Course. Tickets for the tournament and concert are on sale now.

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Grand Ole Opry member and multi-Platinum-selling singer/songwriter Lauren Alaina will perform at the 2022 Dominion Energy Charity Classic on Friday, October 21, following the first round of competition at The Country Club of Virginia, James River Course. Tickets for the tournament and concert are on sale now.

The Concert

A Season 10 (2011) contestant on American Idol, Alaina has since earned three No. 1 hit singles with her smash “Road Less Traveled” (2017), the now 7x Platinum “What Ifs” (2018), and “One Beer” (2020). Alaina and Platinum-selling artist Chris Lane recently released a duet, “Dancin’ In The Moonlight.” Her No. 1 debuting album, Sitting Pretty On Top of The World, includes singles “Getting Over Him” and RIAA-certified Gold-selling “Getting Good.” Past tournament concerts include Chase Rice in 2019 and Chris Lane with special guest Kylie Morgan in 2021.

“Music to kick off the tournament weekend has become a staple of the Dominion Energy Charity Classic, and we are excited to welcome Lauren and fans to Henrico County and greater Richmond,” said Steve Schoenfeld, Executive Director of the Dominion Energy Charity Classic. “Sponsorships have already hit record levels, we are planning several new spectator experiences, and we expect to raise the bar even higher to make a positive impact on our community through charitable giving with the tournament.”

The Tournament

All ticket holders for Friday’s competition round receive admission to the concert. The show will follow the Military Appreciation Ceremony beginning at 5:15 p.m. The ceremony and the concert will take place in the Fan Zone presented by Visit Henrico. Tickets can be purchased at www.deccgolf.com.

The Dominion Energy Charity Classic includes three competition rounds, scheduled for October 21-23 at The Country Club of Virginia, James River Course. This is the tournament’s seventh year after its debut in 2016. Tournament week also includes the Tom Farrell Memorial Pro-Am, re-named last year in honor of the late Dominion Energy CEO, who was the driving force behind the Richmond PGA TOUR event. Markel Corp. has served as Presenting Sponsor of the Pro-Am since 2018.

  • Advance purchase weekly grounds passes are available for $90, Thursday Pro-Am tickets for $15, Friday Grounds plus the concert for $45, and Saturday and Sunday Grounds for $25 each day. Beginning October 17, Thursday Pro-Am tickets are $20, Friday is $50, and Saturday and Sunday are $30 each day.
  • Military (active duty, reserve, veterans, and retirees), First responders, and healthcare workers each receive up to two complimentary grounds tickets. Youth 18 and under receive complimentary grounds admission with a ticketed adult.

Each year, the Dominion Energy Charity Classic offers area non-profit organizations the opportunity to participate in the Birdies for Charity program presented by TowneBank. This program provides participating 501(c)(3) organizations the ability to generate donations that the PGA TOUR bonuses by 10 percent. Since its debut in 2016, the tournament helped generate over $7.3 million for charities in the Richmond and Henrico County region.

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