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Photos and Game Summary: Rams Battle to a Scoreless Draw Against George Mason

VCU only managed 5 shots while George Mason fired off 11.

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Official VCU Game Summary

Final Score: VCU 0, George Mason 0
Location: Richmond, Va. (Sports Backers Stadium)
Records: VCU 2-1-2 (1-0-1 A-10), George Mason 0-3-3 (0-0-3 A-10)

The Short Story: The VCU freshman pair of William Hitchcock and Johnathan Kanagwa made the first starts of their careers, but the team was unable to find a winning goal against George Mason on Saturday afternoon.
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HOW IT HAPPENED: 

  • In the 19th minute Kent Harrison placed a shot directly in the upper left corner of the net, but Sequeira was equal to it, and kept the game scoreless.
  • VCU’s best chance of the game came off of a free kick played short to Quintanilla in the 34th minute. The freshman turned and fired a shot that was denied only be the crossbar and deflected out of play.
  • Seconds later, Kanagwa rifled a shot low and on target that was saved by George Mason’s Jackson Lee.

HEAD COACH DAVID GIFFARD

“Each time we seem to find a way for us to play, we lose some key pieces that allow us to do what we were having some success with. We gutted through the other night at Davidson and found a goal and that was a really good result for us. Today we subtracted a few more guys and tried to adjust accordingly with a walk through training session in a downpour in standing water yesterday and I have to take the blame for not preparing is well enough to do so. I was proud of the guys for trying their best to make those adjustments on the fly today, but we were obviously not as comfortable do doing as we would have liked. Mason is a well-organized and well coached team, they forced us to try and break them down and carry the game and quite honestly we just weren’t able to do so effectively enough without the types of players who function well in those spaces between the lines. It will be important for us to continue to learn and work together to solve how we can play in order to take advantage of the number of good players that we do have.

UP NEXT:

The Rams will return to Sports Backers Stadium on Wednesday, March 24 for a matchup with George Washington at 7 p.m.

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Sports Backers, CarMax announce partnership for CarMax Richmond Half Marathon

Sports Backers has announced a new partnership with CarMax, making the Richmond-based retailer of used cars the title sponsor of the CarMax Richmond Half Marathon starting with the 2021 event on November 13. The event is slated to return to downtown Richmond in 2021, along with the VCU Health Richmond Marathon and Allianz Partners 8k.

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Sports Backers has announced a new partnership with CarMax, making the Richmond-based retailer of used cars the title sponsor of the CarMax Richmond Half Marathon starting with the 2021 event on November 13. The event is slated to return to downtown Richmond in 2021, along with the VCU Health Richmond Marathon and Allianz Partners 8k. Registration is currently available at www.richmondmarathon.org.

“We are honored to be the lead sponsor of the CarMax Richmond Half Marathon and continue our longtime support of Sports Backer’s mission,” said Leslie Parpart, Director of Community Relations at CarMax. “We look forward to cheering on participants as they run past our new office being developed at the Sauer Center, scheduled to open later this year. We are excited to continue to grow CarMax’s presence in our hometown of Richmond and support events that enrich our community.”

2021 will mark the 14th running of the CarMax Richmond Half Marathon and it is consistently recognized as a premier fall race, earning accolades as a top U.S. half marathon from industry sources such as All About Marathon Training and Daily Burn. It draws participants to run Richmond and experience a flat, fast course, scenic neighborhoods, and first-class organization from registration through race day. Sports Backers plans to return the race to downtown Richmond with the traditional finish line at the intersection of 5th Street and Tredegar Street that offers sweeping views of Brown’s Island and the James River, with the flexibility to adjust race operations to follow the most up-to-date public health guidelines and promote participant safety.

“At Sports Backers, our mission is to inspire active living on a daily basis and create active living opportunities for residents and visitors alike,” said Jon Lugbill, Executive Director of Sports Backers. “The CarMax Richmond Half Marathon is a great celebration of our mission and the race festivities show off the best that our region has to offer. CarMax is a tremendous community partner and we are honored to work alongside them to support active living and help race participants achieve their goals.”

Kids Run RVA is the official charity partner of the VCU Health Richmond Marathon, CarMax Richmond Half Marathon, and Allianz Partners 8k. Kids Run RVA is an initiative of Sports Backers that reaches thousands of young people across the Richmond region and has run clubs in dozens of schools and neighborhoods, including many underserved communities. Over the past year, Kids Run RVA has innovated and modified its offerings through virtual challenges and video workouts to give youth the chance to have fun while being physically active. Kids Run RVA works to break down barriers and provide all kids the opportunity to participate in daily physical activity while establishing healthy habits that are critical to their long-term physical, emotional, and social development.

Registration for the 2021 CarMax Richmond Half Marathon is currently open, and more information on the event, as well as training teams for the marathon, half marathon, and 8k, can be found at www.richmondmarathon.org.

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Richmond Flying Squirrels announce full 2021 promotional schedule, set to open season May 4th

“The anticipation and momentum is building towards May 4th,” Flying Squirrels CEO Todd “Parney” Parnell said. “While the 2021 season will be different, the promotional schedule and overall fan experience will, as always, make many great memories for fans of all ages.”

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The Richmond Flying Squirrels have announced home game start times and their promotional schedule for the 2021 season. The full promotional schedule can be viewed here.

“The anticipation and momentum is building towards May 4th,” Flying Squirrels CEO Todd “Parney” Parnell said. “While the 2021 season will be different, the promotional schedule and overall fan experience will, as always, make many great memories for fans of all ages.”

During the 2021 season, most Tuesday through Friday home games will begin at 6:35 p.m. with gates opening at 5:30 p.m. Two exceptions, Wednesday, June 2 and Wednesday, July 28, will start at 12:05 p.m. with gates opening at 11 a.m.

Saturday games at The Diamond will begin at 6:05 p.m. with gates opening at 5 p.m. First pitch for Sunday home games through June 13 will be 1:05 p.m. with the ballpark gates opening at noon. From July 18 through Sept. 12, Sunday home games will start at 5:05 p.m.

First pitch for the Flying Squirrels’ Independence Day game on Sunday, July 4 is set for 6:05 p.m. and gates will open at 4:30 p.m.

The Flying Squirrels have 13 of their popular fireworks shows on their 2021 promotional calendar, including two special dueling fireworks shows on July 3 and July 4.

As a temporary health and safety measure, all shirt giveaways will be one size (adult extra-large for fans 15 and older and youth large for fans 14 and younger) to expedite entrance into the ballpark and minimize contact between fans and staff.

This season, the Flying Squirrels will host the inaugural Richmond 34 Legacy Weekend on July 16 and 17. The weekend serves to honor and recognize the contributions of members of the Richmond 34, whose sit-in protest in 1960 influenced legislation in the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Information on the Flying Squirrels’ Richmond 34 initiatives can be found here.

After debuting in 2019, the Flying Squirrels will once again transform to las Ardillas Voladoras throughout the 2021 season as part of the Copa de la Diversión program, with accompanying special giveaways and theme nights, listed below.

Highlights of the 2021 Flying Squirrels’ promotional schedule are listed below:

Theme Night Highlights

  • May 4 – Opening Night
  • May 9 – Mother’s Day celebration
  • June 2 – Business person’s special (12:05 p.m. start)
  • June 3 – Peanut-free game
  • July 3 – Independence Weekend celebration and dueling fireworks
  • July 4 – Independence Day celebration and dueling fireworks
  • July 16-17 – Richmond 34 Legacy Weekend
  • July 28 – Summer Camp Day (12:05 p.m. start)
  • July 31 – Military Appreciation Night
  • August 7 – Faith Night No. 1
  • August 19 – Faith Night No. 2
  • August 22 – Field of Greens Night (food allergy awareness)
  • September 9 – Pride Night
  • September 12 – Fan Appreciation Day

Fireworks Schedule (13 dates)

  • May 4, 8 & 20
  • June 3 & 10
  • July 3 (dueling), 4 (dueling), 17 & 31
  • August 7, 19 & 21
  • September 11

Bobblehead Giveaways

Adult Shirt Giveaways (XL only)

Adult Headwear Giveaways

Copa Giveaways

Youth Giveaways (shirts YL only)

Specialty Jersey Auctions

Weekly Promotions

  • Wednesdays – Wine & K-9s featuring $5 glasses of wine and $6 wine slushies from 5:30-7:30 p.m. plus dogs admitted free
  • Fridays – Funnville Friday Happy Hour featuring $2 12-ounce domestic drafts and $2 fountain sodas from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Additional promotions will be added to the 2021 schedule at a later date.

The Flying Squirrels open the 2021 season on Tuesday, May 4 at The Diamond against the Hartford Yard Goats. A limited number of individual game tickets for the first four homestands of the 2021 season will be available beginning at 9 a.m. on Monday, April 19 at SquirrelsBaseball.com/Tickets, by phone at 814-359-FUNN (3866) or at the Flying Squirrels ticket office at The Diamond. Any fans who have vouchers or credits from tickets for the 2020 season can first access to redeem them now until Friday, April 16 at 5 p.m. More information regarding the release of 2021 tickets can be found here.

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Photos and Game Summary: Kickers Beat Themselves in Home Opener

An own goal proves to be the Kickers doom.

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Official Kickers Summary

RICHMOND KICKERS
(1-1-0, 3 points)
0
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.

BOX SCORE
Team First Half Second Half Final
Richmond 0 0 0
Greenville 0 1 1

LINEUPS

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

STATISTICS
Team Shots Saves Fouls Corners
Richmond 12 3 15 6
Greenville 12 1 9 3

SCORING SUMMARY

Min Team Player
74′ GVL Own Goal

CAUTIONS SUMMARY

Min Team Player
28′ RIC Juan Pablo Monticelli
33′ GVL Cesar Murillo
35′ RIC Hernan Gonzalez
40′ GVL Cesar Murillo
44′ RIC Zaca Moran
62′ GVL Abdi Mohamed
67′ RIC Emiliano Terzaghi
89′ GVL Jesus Ibarra

EJECTIONS SUMMARY

Min Team Player
40′ GVL Cesar Murillo

MATCH INFORMATION

Referee: Thomas Snyder
Assistant Referees: Amilcar Sicaju, Ian Mangione
Fourth Official: Jeremy Scheer
Attendance: 1606
Weather: Cloudy and Rain, 55 ºF

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