Final Score: VCU 2, Davidson 0
Location: Richmond, Va. (Thalhimer Tennis Center)
Records: VCU: 4-3-1, Davidson 4-3-1
THE SHORT STORY
Behind a pair of second-half goals from redshirt-junior Emma Kershner, VCU Women’s Soccer defeated Davidson 2-0 Tuesday night at Sports Backers Stadium.
- The goals mark the second and third of the season for Kershner
- Redshirt-junior Lyndsey Gutzmer recorded her first assist of the season
- Sophomore Anna Bagley also tallied an assist, her second of the year
- In her first start this season, junior goalkeeper Grace Young recorded a save in her only opportunity
- VCU totaled seven shots in the match, placing four on goal
HOW IT HAPPENED
- To open the match, Davidson was content to play defense and search for opportunities to counter. VCU held possession for 66% of the first half, but struggled to find scoring chances
- In the 58th minute, Gutzmer split a pair of Davidson defenders along the right side of the box and centered the ball to Kershner who placed it in the top-left corner of the net
- Following the goal, Davidson adjusted its attack and began pushing the ball down the field, putting pressure on the Rams’ backline.
- In the 73rd minute, Bagley turned a corner on the Wildcats defense. The sophomore raced alongside the end line and found a cutting Kershner who struck the ball past the outstretched arms of Davidson’s junior goalkeeper Mary Grace Bunch.
- Even with a more aggressive offensive look in the second half, the Rams limited the Wildcats to just three total shots in the match
VCU will travel to the nation’s capital on Thursday to take on George Washington. The match is scheduled to kick off at 3 p.m. and will be available for live stream on ESPN+.
Photos and Game Summary: Kickers Manage a Draw at Home
The league leaders were in town and the Kickers fought them to a draw.
Official Game Summary
The Richmond Kickers (3-3-3) earned a hard-fought point against league-leading Union Omaha (5-1-3) at City Stadium, Saturday night to keep its unbeaten streak for the month of June intact.
With the game underway, the first several minutes of the first half saw both teams holding their shape and Richmond maintaining more of the possession. Eight minutes into the match Union Omaha sent in a cross from the wing that was headed at goal, but Akira Fitzgerald made an acrobatic save to deflect the ball towards the touchline and allow the defense to clear it out of the danger area.
Around the 15-minute-mark, the game opened up more and both sides began passing the ball around with more fluidity. Esteban Calvo made a last-ditch sliding tackle to block an attempted cross from Ethan Vanacore-Decker, then, in the 21st minute, Greg Hurst found space at the top of the Richmond box. Hurst managed to squeeze a shot out, but Fitzgerald handled it with ease.
With seven minutes left in the first half, Richmond was awarded a free-kick just outside of the Omaha box. Ivan Magalhães stepped up to take the kick and tried to place it just underneath the wall to beat the keeper, but it took a deflection and rolled into Rashid Nuhu’s gloves.
Union Omaha broke the stalemate in the 30th minute after Sousa played a cross into a dangerous area. The attacking run of an Omaha player towards the near post froze Fitzgerald on his line, and the ball managed to curl around into the backside of the net.
As the first half was winding down, Richmond sought an equalizer to close out the half holding more of the possession just outside of Omaha’s box. Jonathan Bolanos, Emiliano Terzaghi, and Matt Bolduc all created several opportunities to cut through their defense, but the first half would come to a close 0-1.
At the 56th minute, Luke Pavone sent in a cross from the wing aimed at Terzaghi who dove for the ball as it came across the goal but didn’t get enough distance to connect for a shot. For the remaining 30 minutes of the game, Richmond pushed towards the Union Omaha goal in search of the equalizer.
In the 74th minute, Bolanos was free on the left-wing and turned Sousa around, only to get fouled by Sousa and earn a free-kick to the left of the box. Zaca Moran stepped over the ball, placed it towards the far post, and Jalen Crisler leaped head and shoulders above the Union Omaha defense to send a header at the goal which took a deflection and rolled into the goal netting to tie the match.
Omaha would make a late surge, and in the 88th minute, Akira Fitzgerald made a flying save to keep the scoreline at 1-1 and help see the Kickers earn the point at home.
The Kickers hit the road again to face regional rivals North Carolina FC on June 25. The Reds will look to earn their first points at NCFC since the 2018 season when the two sides faced off in USL Championship. Kickoff for the match is set for 7:00 p.m. ET.
Team First Half Second Half Final Richmond Kickers 0 1 1 Union Omaha 1 0 1
Richmond: Akira Fitzgerald, Juan Pablo Monticelli, Ivan Magalhães, Jalen Crisler, Esteban Calvo, Zaca Moran, Victor Falck, Nil Vinyals (67’ – Oalex Anderson), Matt Bolduc (45’ – Luke Pavone), Emiliano Terzaghi, Jonathan Bolanos (86’ – Hernan Gonzalez)
Union Omaha: Rashid Nuhu, Damia Viader I Masdeu, Ferrety Sousa, Daltyn Knutson, Jake Crull, Tobias Otieno, Ethan Vanacore-Decker(79’ – N’For), Conor Doyle, John Scearce, Devin Boyce, Greg Hurst (88’ – Alihodzic)
Referee: John Matto
Asst. Referee: Ben Pilgrim, Jeffrey Skinker
4th Official: Matt Franz
Weather: Sunny, 90 ºF
Preview: Kickers Face Union Omaha at Home for the First Time
Another frustrating draw, this time on the road. The Kickers still looking for consistency in front of the net.
Opponent: Union Omaha (5-1-2)
Date/Time: Saturday, June 19th, 6:30 PM
Last Result: Richmond Kickers 0, Forward Madison 0
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Three Things to Kick About
- Underperforming – If the playoffs were to start today the Kickers wouldn’t be in them. The team for reasons that escape my pea brain can’t seem to string together two good games. When they’re firing on all cylinders they’re one of the top teams in the league but that only seems to happen in short bursts and rarely for a whole game and never in back-to-back games.
- Defense Dependent – The defense has kept us in every game but the offense isn’t doing their part. A team that has 3 clean sheets in 8 games shouldn’t be sitting in 7th place. There are two teams with worst goal differentials that sit higher than us on the table. Last week the team only managed 7 shots. Roughly one shot every 13 minutes.
- Missed Opportunities – I keep going back to the game against NCFC on May 22. It ended in a 0-0 draw. Currently, NCFC has only managed 1 point in its six games and that was against us. If the Kickers continue this trend it will not end well.
In order to protect what little self-confidence I have, I haven’t gone back to see how well I’ve done predicting these games. Omaha is on a two-game winning streak and has displaced Greenville from the top of the table. From the highlights I’ve watched their offense looks really good. This is backed up by three of their five wins being by two goals. The Richmond defense will have to have another outstanding game. I don’t have faith in our offense to do their part. It’s going to be another draw for the boys in red.
Kickers 1 – Union Omaha 1
Official Kickers Preview
The Richmond Kickers (3-3-2) return to City Stadium to face the league leaders, Union Omaha (5-1-2), on Saturday, June 19th. Kickoff for this match is set at 6:30 p.m. ET.
Richmond’s previous outing was an intense rivalry match against Forward Madison which saw both sides playing a physical match with neither able to break the deadlock. The match resulted in a scoreless 0-0 but saw the Kickers earn their fourth clean sheet of the season. Emiliano Terzaghi, Jalen Crisler, Ivan Magalhães and Jonathan Bolanos all kept Forward goalkeeper Chris Brady busy with shots on frame.
Crisler had an impressive game against his former club. Partnered with Magalhães, the center-back duo recorded their eighth-straight match paired together and were a major part of Richmond’s impenetrable defense. Crisler had a passing accuracy of 85.4%, made 10 clearances and had one block. Magalhães made five interceptions, made the most successful passes with 44 and had a passing accuracy of 86.3%.
Union Omaha’s last game was against New England Revolution II and resulted in a 4-2 Omaha win. Connor Presley of Revs II started the scoring for the match in the 23rd minute, then, minutes later, Greg Hurst would score the first goal of his 26-minute hat-trick which would help cement Union Omaha’s league standing. Omaha managed 20 shots against New England and had a passing accuracy of 76.1%.
With the draw against Madison, Richmond will look to take points away from Omaha to reposition themselves in the top 6 of the league table. Union Omaha are on a two-win streak right now and Richmond will look to produce another strong defensive outing to slow down the Omaha attack.
Richmond’s next match will be at North Carolina FC, June 25. The last time the two teams lined up, the match resulted in a scoreless 0-0 draw at City Stadium. This time out, Richmond will look to earn their first league win over NCFC since the two sides faced off in the USL Championship in 2018.
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CBS6 Players to Watch
Richmond KickersIvan Magalhães (#4) was a standout performer against Forward Madison. With a passing accuracy of 86.3%, a shot on goal and five interceptions, Magalhães helped secure another Kickers clean sheet. Look for Magalhães to put in a solid shift and neutralize Greg Hurst in the box.Jonathan Bolanos (#17) started the match against Madison with a bang. With a solo run at the goalkeeper within the first five minutes in the game, Bolanos was able to strike fear into the Madison defense. A threat in front of goal as well as a distributor, Bolanos has racked up both goals and assists to make the Kickers’ attack more potent from the left side.Jalen Crisler (#15) was crucial in keeping a clean sheet against his former club. Crisler had a passing accuracy of 85.4%, made one block, gained possession four times andmade 10 clearances. Crisler and Magalhães will have to be at the top of their game to give Richmond the foundation they need to battle it out with Union Omaha.
Union OmahaGreg Hurst (#9) scored a hat-trick in his outing against New England in all of 26 minutes. The lethal attacker had four shots on target, a 78.9% passing accuracy and made 15 passes into the opposition’s half.Conor Doyle (#22) had an impressive defensive performance against New England. Making four tackles, four clearances, two interceptions and gaining possession eight times. He was a nuisance in the midfield. He also made 27 passes in the opposition’s half.Rashid Nuhu (#24) had a great game against New England despite letting two past him in the stick as he recorded four saves on the night. A top 3 goalkeeper in the league, Nuhu presents a good challenge for the Richmond attack.
Virginia Capital Trail Foundation unveils Capital Trail Summer Challenge
You can conquer the 52-mile Virginia Capital Trail three different ways this summer.
The Virginia Capital Trail Foundation is encouraging people to get active this summer with the Capital Trail Summer Challenge. From now until September 6th, participants can run, bike, walk, skate, or dance their way along the Virginia Capital Trail, which stretches 51.7 miles from Williamsburg to Richmond.
The Summer Challenge consists of 3 different activity goals. Participants can crush all 51.7 miles of the Capital Trail, conquer 103.4 miles for an out and back, or complete the 310.2-mile Birthday Challenge in honor of the Trail’s 6th birthday. Each distance can be tackled all at once or completed in sections. The Summer Challenge is about conquering all 51.7 miles of the Capital Trail by passing every mile marker between Jamestown and Richmond. The remaining mileage can be logged anywhere, on the Capital Trail or somewhere new.
“We are hoping this event will inspire people to stay active this summer,” shares Cat Anthony, Executive Director of the Virginia Capital Trail Foundation. “We are excited to showcase all the different ways people can have fun out on the Trail. This challenge is unique because people choose their own activity and distance goal. There is something for everyone!”
After completing the challenge, participants will receive an official Summer Challenge t-shirt and sunglasses. Registration is $25 before the price bump on July 21st. There is also a fundraising option. Anyone who raises $100 will receive free registration. Proceeds from the challenge help support the Virginia Capital Trail Foundation.
Participants can submit their results any time before September 8th and are encouraged to share their experience on social media with #CapTrailChallenge. Additional information can be found at runsignup.com/Race/VA/Richmond/VirginiaCapitalTrailSummerChallenge
The Virginia Capital Trail Foundation is a non-profit organization that exists to protect, promote, and enhance the Virginia Capital Trail, and to serve as a resource, community builder, and connector to other trails throughout the Commonwealth.