THE SHORT STORY
Junior Amber DiOrio and redshirt-junior Emma Kershner netted a pair of second-half goals to propel VCU Women’s Soccer past crosstown rival Richmond, 2-1 Thursday night at Sports Backers Stadium.
- DiOrio’s goal marks the first of her career
- Kershner recorded her fourth goal the season
- Kershner and redshirt-junior Samantha Jerabek led VCU with four shots apiece
- The Rams outshot the Spiders 15-11
- VCU placed five of its 15 shots on frame
- The Rams earned four corners in the contest
- The teams combined for 21 fouls
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Both sides struggled for control in the opening minutes, the teams traded possession frequently with the majority of the action happening near midfield
- In the 39th minute, the Spiders’ offense broke through. Freshman June Stevens controlled a rebounded shot and placed the ball in the bottom-left corner giving Richmond a one-goal advantage
- Less than five minutes into the second half, the Rams earned a corner. Jerabek sent the ball into the middle of the box where it pinballed around until Diorio knocked it across the goal line with her right foot
- In the 62nd minute, freshman Annabel Anderson was taken down just outside the box. Kershner lined up for the free kick and sent a shot that curved past the outstretched arms of the Richmond goalkeeper, tucking into the top right corner
- The Spiders had a final chance to equalize in 97th minute. Redshirt senior Alyssa Walker got behind the Rams backline and was pushing towards goal, but DiOrio tracked the forward down and freed the ball moments before a shot could be attempted
VCU will be back in action on Thursday when it travels to Davidson, N.C. to face the Wildcats at Alumni Soccer Stadium. The match is scheduled to kickoff at 1 p.m. and will be available for live stream on ESPN+.
Photos and Game Summary: Kickers Net Two Goals Get the Win
A strong defense and an impressive second half gave the Kickers the win.
Official Kickers Summary
The Richmond Kickers (2-2-0) took a 2-0 win at City Stadium Saturday night over South Georgia Tormenta FC (1-3-0). Emiliano Terzaghi scored his first two goals of the season. Akira Fitzgerald picked up his second clean sheet of the season behind two saves.
A team defensive effort shut down a shot from Adrian Billhardt in the 10th minute. Ricardo Gomez found Billhardt at the top of the box. After controlling the ball, he looked for a shot that Akira Fitzgerald knocked down. Jalen Crisler backed him up to clear the ball from danger.
The Kickers were denied from finding an opener in the 24th minute. Zaca Moran picked out Ivan Magalhães at the back post for a header on frame. Sergi Nus managed to be in the right place to make the block as the ball took a bounce off the post. Jonathan Bolanos looked for another chance as his shot went wide.
A massive save from Fitzgerald kept Ricardo Gomez off the score sheet. A free kick for Tormenta from about 25 yards out gave the visitors a set piece opportunity. Gomez stepped up and looked to sneak his shot inside the post. The veteran Kickers keeper was there to make the save.
Five minutes before halftime, Victor Falck nearly came up with a go-ahead goal. Matt Bolduc slid in to save the ball going out over the end line and got a cross off. Falck lept to get a head on the ball, with his shot going just over the net.
Nil Vinyals looked to score against his former club in the 66th minute. Moran played a corner short for Vinyals. He found space at the edge of the box, megging his defender as the Tormenta keeper came away with the save.
A goal line clearance kept Tormenta from sneaking in a goal in the 73rd minute. Micaletto slipped into the box and played a low, driven shot. Fitzgerald got a block on the shot but the ball rolled loose after he collided with Crisler. The Richmond keeper leapt to grab the ball before it rolled over the line.
The reigning USL League One MVP and Golden Boot winner netted his first goal of the season in the 80th minute. Terzaghi received the ball in the middle of the field and turned to find Oalex Anderson with space up the left wing. He worked himself past his defender to get the ball back to Terzaghi. The Argentine turned around his defender and chipped his shot over the keeper and into the back of the net.
Six minutes later, a penalty to Richmond would double the home side lead. Anderson continued his constant pressure as he broke into the box. Curtis Thorn came in with a late tackle, drawing the penalty for the Kickers. Terzaghi went for his shot but it was saved by Jara. The referee deemed the Tormenta keeper came off his line, forcing the kick to be retaken. Terzaghi powered his second attempt past the keeper to complete his brace.
The Kickers get a break in the schedule before returning to action on Saturday, May 22 to host league newcomers and former USL Championship rivals North Carolina FC at City Stadium. Kickoff for that match is set for 6:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale now at RichmondKickers.com/Tickets.
Team First Half Second Half Final Richmond 0 2 2 South Georgia 0 0 0
Richmond: Akira Fitzgerald, Juan Pablo Monticelli, Ivan Magalhães, Jalen Crisler, Esteban Calvo (90+2’ – Hernan Gonzalez), Zaca Moran, Victor Falck, Nil Vinyals, Jonathan Bolanos (90’ – Cameron Vickers), Emiliano Terzaghi (90’ – Luke Pavone), Matt Bolduc (74’ – Oalex Anderson)
Unused Substitutes: Austin Aviza, Nathan Aune, Chris Cole
South Georgia: Pablo Jara, Nicholas O’Callaghan, Sergi Nus, Lars Eckenrode, Curtis Thorn, Ricardo Gomez (90+2’ – Craig McCall), Abuchi Obinwa, Marco Micaletto, Adrian Billhardt (20’ – Kobe Perez), Azaad Liadi, Joshua Phelps (70’ – Clayton Adams)
Unused Substitutes: Carlos Avilez, Luis Rodriguez, Brittain Gottllieb, Grant HamptonSTATISTICS
Team Shots Saves Fouls Corners Richmond 11 2 14 5 South Georgia 13 3 12 6
Min Team Player 80′ RIC Emiliano Terzaghi (Oalex Anderson) 89′ RIC Emiliano Terzaghi (penalty)
Min Team Player 18′ TRM Joshua Phelps 33′ RIC Jalen Crisler 78′ RIC Zaca Moran 89′ TRM Lars Eckenrode 90+7′ RIC Nil Vinyals 90+7′ RIC Cameron Vickers
Min Team Player None.
Referee: Matt Franz
Assistant Referees: Meghan Mullen, Nicholas Seymour
Fourth Official: Jeffrey Skinker
Weather: Sunny, 66 ºF
Preview: Kickers Hope to Stop Two Game Losing Streak at Home
The Kickers hope to get back on track at home against South Georgia Tormenta FC.
Opponent: South Georgia Tormenta FC (1-0-2)
Date/Time: Saturday, May 8th, 6:30 PM
Last Result: Fort Lauderdale CF 2, Richmond Kickers 1
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Three Things to Kick About
- Defensive Errors – The Kickers have lost the last two both games marred by defensive errors. An own goal and just plain poor marking have lead to the defeats. The injury to Ian Antley has hurt the defense more than it should.
- Mental Health – CBS6 sat down with Richmond Kickers defender Devante Dubose to discuss his battle with mental health. Well worth a watch here. “I gained myself back,” said Dubose. ” And the next thing you know 2018, I was signed to Phoenix Rising. That was one of the best years of my life.”
- Goals – The kickers have scored 4 goals in three games from four different players. Noticeably absent from that list of goal scorers is last years Golden Boot winner Emiliano Terzahi. What’s it all mean? Too early to tell but the diversity of goal scorers is a good sign.
This past weekend former Kicker player and most recently coach Dave Bulow suffered a stroke and serious damage from a fall. He is currently in the ICU and intubated. Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family. The soccer community across the country has come together to help with medical costs through this GoFundMe. While he was the coach I talked with Dave often and found him to be an amazingly genuine, caring, passionate man and I’m hoping for a quick recovery.
Update: This afternoon we learned that Coach Bulow passed away Thursday morning. Devasting news for the soccer community and all those ever came into contact with him.
The visitors have the same record as the Kickers. If the Kickers don’t make another error in the back I think this is an easy win.
Kickers 2 – Tormenta 0
Official Kickers Preview
The Richmond Kickers (1-2-0) return to City Stadium to take on South Georgia Tormenta FC (1-2-0), Saturday night, May 8 at City Stadium. Kickoff for this match is set for 6:30 p.m. ET. This match will be presented by Puritan Cleaners and supported by Newport Academy.The tie between Richmond and Tormenta is a relatively newer matchup. Having only played Tormenta five times between the 2019 and 2020 season, Richmond look forward to getting back into a winning form against a Tormenta side with the same record. Tormenta trails just behind in the league standings on goaldifferential, having four goals scored against them.Richmond hope to bounce back from the previous match against Fort Lauderdale. The Kickers took 16 shots and had five on target and saw a lineup change with Oalex Anderson on the wing and Nil Vinyals for a change from the two previous weeks. The additional time for Nil Vinyals saw him open up his scoring account with Richmond and gave fans another attacking presence to watch for. Oalex Anderson took four shots, one of them was blocked and another went just wide of the post nearly adding to the Kickers scoreline.Tormenta’s previous matchup was against Tucson where they scored their only goals for the season thus far after two scoreless losses. Their first two losses were against Fort Lauderdale and Union Omaha where they kept the majority of the possession for each match with 63% and 42% respectively. Coincidentally, the match they won against Tucson saw them hold less possession with 40%.After the Tormenta matchup, Richmond will have a full two-week break until their return to City Stadium against North Carolina FC. North Carolina will play their first match of the 2021 season against Greenville this Saturday, and will be playing a Richmond team that is four games in and catching their stride.Don’t miss a moment of the 2021 season at City Stadium with your Kickers+ subscription. Kickers+ is a brand new subscription service for the 2021 season that provides fans tons of value, flexibility, and sweet perks! Sign up today for only $59.99 – Kickers+ benefits include 50% off tickets to any regular season home match, 15% off merchandise at shop.richmondkickers.com, exclusive digital content, member events, and more! Click here for more info and to join today!Stay up to date with all of the Kickers news at RichmondKickers.com and on social media on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. Download the Richmond Kickers mobile app for news, contests, and more!
Match InformationRichmond Kickers vs South Georgia Tormenta FCCity Stadium, Richmond, Va.Saturday, May 8 at 6:30 p.m.
Broadcast InformationInternet: ESPN+TV (Local): WTVR CBS 6
CBS6 Players to Watch
Nil Vinyals (#10) made his starting debut against Fort Lauderdale, and also his scoring debut. Vinyals made two key passes, led the team with 21 passes into the opposition’s half and had a passing accuracy of 81% in the opposition’s half.
Ivan Magalhães (#4) has held down the center back spot for the first three games this season, starting with a clean sheet against New England. Magalhães made an incredibly acrobating defensive header against Greenville and had the most successful passes on the team against Fort Lauderdale with 35. Despite being a defensive player Magalhães still managed 17 passes into the opposition’s half.
Victor Falck (#23) had a 74.3% passing accuracy in the match against Greenville, and 75% against New England. His partnership with Zaca Moran provides a sturdy defensive presence in the middle of the pitch. Falck won 100% of his aerial duels against Greenville. Look for him to provide a solid backbone against a physical Tormenta team.
Sergi Nus (#5) is an excellent ball playing center back, and his 90.5% passing accuracy against New England shows that. He also made 27 passes into the opposition’s half that game with 74.1%. That same match he made 82 good passes or crosses. Nus managed 30 good passes or crosses against Union Omaha, made two clearances and one interception.
Curtis Thorn (#23) is a defensive outside back who scored against Tucson and had a passing accuracy of 89.3% and a passing accuracy in the opposition’s half with 85%. Paired with his impressive defensive capabilities, he is a player to keep an eye out for. He made three clearances, one interception and one block against Tucson.
Joshua Phelps (#77) is the central attacker in a Tormenta three-man front line and scored against Tucson in the 10th minute. His passing accuracy for the match was at 76.9% and his passing accuracy in the opposition’s half was 70%. Scoring the first goal for this Tormenta side of the 2021 season should give him some incentive.
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.
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.