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
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
Weather Forecast From WeatherBug.com
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.
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
Weather Forecast from WeatherBug.com
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.
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!
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.