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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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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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Richard Hayes is the co-founder of RVAHub. When he isn't rounding up neighborhood news, he's likely watching soccer or chasing down the latest and greatest board game.

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Preview: Kickers Face Toronto in Race to Playoff Line

It’s been a rough month (season?) for the Kickers and they’re hoping being back at home can get them the win.

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Opponent: Toronto FC 2 (6-8-6)
Date/Time: Saturday, September 24th, 6:30 PM
Last Result: Kickers 1 – New England 3

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Three Things to Kick About

  • Winless – The Kickers last won a game over a month ago on August 22nd. They have yet to win two games in a row. They have more draws than wins. This is why they’re in 2nd to the last place in the league. The phrase “must-win” gets tossed around a lot but it certainly applies to this game.
  • Golden Boot – Emiliano Terzaghi is tied in the Golden Boot race at 12 goals. He’s tied with some dude from Greenville. Greenville plays Foward Madison which are only slighty better than Toronto so no real advantage to either striker on Saturday.
  • Weather – It’s going to be freaking perfect this weekend get out there and support you local team.

Prediction

The Kickers took an early lead against New England last game and gave me hope. For about 20 minutes that hope was a beautiful thing. Then New England scored a goal and my candle of hope flickered but stayed lit. New England scored again and snuffed the candle of hope. Then New England scored for a third time grabbing my stub of a candle threw out the window where it landed in the river of despair and floated away. I think you see where I’m going with this. I’ll still be at City Stadium hoping the Kickers can show some fire and get back on track but I’m not counting on it.

Kickers 1 – Toronto 1

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Photos and Game Summary: Crucial Game for Kickers End in Disappointing Draw

The Kickers would have helped their playoff chances tremendously with a win. Instead, they managed a 0-0 draw against the worst team in the league that had just played a game on Wednesday.

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The Richmond Kickers (6-6-7) earned their league-lead tying seventh clean sheet of the season at City Stadium against North Carolina FC (4-10-4) and made their way back into a tentative playoff position as the two sides drew 0-0, Saturday night.

With the sun beating down on the pitch at City Stadium on Saturday afternoon, the whistle was blown and the fourth match-up between the regional rivals was underway. The opening minutes of the match saw both sides jockeying for control of the midfield as they tried to create opening scoring opportunities.

Shortly after, North Carolina crossed a ball from the wing, Robert Kristo received it and tried his luck getting around Esteban Calvo, but Calvo knocked the ball out at the last second for a corner which resulted in a change of possession.

Later on, in the 31st minute, the Kickers would make a precautionary change to lineup and formation as Stanley Alves had to come off with a knock. Nathan Aune would come in for Alves and slot into the midfield as Matt Bolduc, who played at the top of the midfield to start the match, took over for Alves on the right wing.

Several minutes later, Emiliano Terzaghi found himself in space in the corner of North Carolina’s box, picking his head up, he drilled a shot which ricocheted off a defender back into his feet, then had another go at goal which was collected by NCFC keeper Jake McGuire.

With only several minutes remaining in the first half, North Carolina’s Aziel Jackson found space at the top of the box for a shot and tried curling one in, but Akira Fitzgerald got his body ahead of the shot and collected it calmly. The whistle would blow soon after to signal the end of the first half with the deadlock intact.

The second half started with the same intensity that the first half ended with as both sides again worked to earn control in the match. New boy Ethan Bryant — who was enjoying his first home start since signing as a loanee earlier in the month — laid a pass off to Terzaghi at the top of the box, who flicked it with his heel over a defender back to Bryant who volleyed the ball at McGuire in stride and forced McGuire to make an acrobatic save, leaping for the attempt at goal.

Rolling into the 62nd minute, both sides still level at 0-0, Terzaghi received the ball at the top of the North Carolina box, turned and dribbled into space to fire off a shot at the goal which landed just above the crossbar.

Near the 75th minute, Bolanos received the ball on the left-wing, just outside of the North Carolina box and switched the play to Bryant on the other end of the box who teed up for a low-driven shot at goal, but the shot went just wide of the right post and hit the side netting.

The clock was ticking its way into the final minutes of the match and both sides were still powering through a sweltering Richmond night, trying to find the final piece of the puzzle to tip the scales in their respective favor.

With five minutes of extra time allotted to the match, North Carolina had a free kick in Richmond’s half near the midfield line. The kick fell into Richmond’s box and Kristo got his head to it to flick it on target, but Fitzgerald lept towards his post, making an incredible save that guaranteed Richmond their seventh clean sheet of the season. Shortly after, the final whistle blew, and Richmond walked away with a hard-fought point and moved up to sixth place in the table.

The Reds have a short turnaround as they prepare to host Henny Derby rivals Forward Madison FC on Wednesday, Sept. 1 at City Stadium. The last time the two clubs faced each other was in Madison, Wi., back in June with the Reds earning a point and a clean sheet. This time around, the Kickers will have the backing of the City Stadium faithful as they continue their push for a playoff position. Kickoff for the match is set for 6:30 p.m.

Stay up to date with the latest news from the Kickers at RichmondKickers.com and on the official team app.

BOX SCORE

First Half Second Half Final
Richmond 0 0 0
North Carolina 0 0 0

LINEUPS

Richmond: Akira Fitzgerald, Juan Pablo Monticelli, Ivan Magalhaes, Jalen Crisler, Esteban Calvo, Zaca Moran(78’ – Cameron Vickers), Ethan Bryant, Matt Bolduc, Jonathan Bolanos(79’ – Oalex Anderson), Emiliano Terzaghi, Stanley Alves (30’ – Nathan Aune)

Unused Substitutes: Austin Causey, Chris Cole, Mumbi Kwesele, Hernan Gonzalez

North Carolina: Jake McGuire, Britton Fischer(70’ – Malick Mbaye), Parker O’Ferral, Max Flick, Nelson Blanco Flores, Joshua Coan(90’+4 – Selmir Miscic), Aziel Jackson(57’ – Jay Tee Kamara), Robert Frame, Nazmi Albadawi, Nelson Martinez(71’ – Pecka), Robert Kristo

Unused Substitutes: Thorn Simpson, Peter Pearson, Nicholas HollidaySTATISTICS

Shots Saves Fouls Corners
Richmond 12 5 19 4
North Carolina 11 1 10 5

SCORING SUMMARY

None

CAUTIONS SUMMARY

27’

43’

76’

90’+3

NCFC

RIC

NCFC

RIC

Flick

Calvo

Kamara

Crisler

EJECTIONS SUMMARY

None

MATCH INFORMATION

Referee: Austin Saini
Assistant Referee: William Aten
Fourth Official: Max A. Smith
Attendance: 1807
Weather: Sunny, 90 ºF

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Preview: Kickers Face Their Nemesis NCFC

The Kickers are in a log jam in the middle of the table. A win is critical to their playoff hopes and team confidence.

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Opponent: North Carolina FC (4-10-3)
Date/Time: Saturday, August 28th, 6:30 PM
Last Result: Kickers 2 – Greenville 0

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Three Things to Kick About

  1. Richmond’s Bane – NCFC has been at the bottom of the standings all season. Yet, the three previous times the Kickers have faced this team they’ve done progressively worse. The Kickers managed a draw when NCFC was up here but most recently lost 4-0 down in Cary. Somehow things just haven’t clicked against this team. The Kickers do have several advantages. NCFC had a game this past Wednesday and turning around and playing another hot humid game on Saturday will be rough. The other advantage the Kickers have is an on-fire Terzaghi. Hopefully, home-field advantage will be the key this time.
  2. He Scores When He Wants – Emalino Terzaghi has now netted 12 goals this season putting him in a tie for the golden boot. The man is firing on all cylinders and even if the NCFC defense focuses on him the threat of Bolanos and Oalex could make them pay. Emalino’s goal on Sunday was also his 22 in USL1 in just 1.5 seasons.
  3. Defense – A times this season the Kickers defense has looked shaky. Some of the blame lies in the inability to control the midfield. One player that has been amazingly consistent is co-captain Ivan Magalhães. He has the ability to make the big stop and the smarts to slow play down and allow other players to get into position. Ivan was selected to the Cleer Audio Team of the Week for a second time this year, so I’m not alone in thinking he’s a force to be reckoned with.

Prediction

If the Kickers don’t win this one it will be both surprising and incredibly depressing. Everything on paper with the exception of the Kickers record against them, points to an easy win. We’ve thought this two times before and been burned. That doesn’t stop us from believeing.

Kickers 2 – NCFC 0 

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