Three Quick Thoughts on the Game
- Scoring – The Kickers created plenty of opportunities but lacked the quality to sneak one past the keeper. It seemed everyone had a chance but either missed the target or were thwarted by NCFC’s goalkeeper. Oalex Anderson came in at the 66th minute and the pace of the game, as well as the pressure on goal, increased immensely. Emiliano Terzaghi continues to find his form and seems just a step away from brilliance. All that being said, five games with only five goals (three in the season opener) isn’t going to win the league. Especially as Greenville continues to find a way to win and pull away from the pack.
- No Goals for You – As mentioned both goalkeepers were in top form. Akira Fitzgerald was the Man of the Match and repeatedly came up big. If the Kickers want to climb the table, next week we need to be talking about a Man of the Match that isn’t the keeper. NCFC keeper, Jake McGuire had an equally impressive game. Including this stop. The ball was swatted and in the last picture you can see the Kickers looking for the ball.
- Crowded House (almost) – It was an impressive 2,377 fans that showed up on the first sweltering night of spring. The crowd was passionate, not always a given for Kickers games. This bodes well as Covid regulations change and more folks are allowed into the stands.
Official Kickers Summary
The Richmond Kickers (2-2-1) closed out the night with a scoreless draw at City Stadium against North Carolina FC (0-2-1). Akira Fitzgerald and the defense earned their second-straight clean sheet and their third of the season.
The Kickers were denied an early opening goal in the eighth minute after a strike by Matt Bolduc fizzed into the side goal post and rolled out. Approximately 24 minutes into the match, Nil Vinyals made an impressive tackle in the center of the pitch, passed it off to Matt Bolduc, who switched the ball to the left side for Jonathan Bolanos, who fired off a shot but was also denied by the woodwork.
Possibly the clearest cut opportunity of the first half came from a precision-placed through ball by Matt Bolduc over the top of the North Carolina center halves which landed at the feet of Jonathan Bolanos. The forward fired a shot past NCFC keeper, Jake McGuire, but the shot went just wide off the post and the halftime score remained 0-0.
After a scoreless first half, the Kickers sought the go-ahead opportunity and took another eight shots at the goal. With the entrance of Oalex Anderson at the 66th minute on the left wing, he provided a surge of pacey play that opened up several opportunities to convert a goal.
Around the 66th minute, Nil Vinyals standing over a direct free kick, sent the ball into the box for Oalex to finish with a header, but the NCFC keeper was there to deflect it away from the net. Nonetheless, the defensive line and keeper were solid in the back and Akira Fitzgerald had a spectacular outing with four saves and helped add to another Richmond clean sheet for the season.
The Kickers return to action on Saturday, May 29 when they travel to Chattanooga to take on the Red Wolves. Kickoff for that match is set for 7:00 p.m.
Team First Half Second Half Final Richmond 0 0 0 North Carolina 0 0 0
Richmond: Akira Fitzgerald, Juan Pablo Monticelli, Ivan Magalhães, Jalen Crisler, Esteban Calvo, Zaca Moran, Victor Falck, Nil Vinyals (81’ Hernan Gonzalez), Jonathan Bolanos (63’ – Oalex Anderson), Emiliano Terzaghi, Matt Bolduc.
Unused Substitutes: Luke Pavone, Chris Cole, Stanley Alves, Cameron Vickers, Austin Aviza.
North Carolina: Jake McGuire, Nelson Martinez (86’ – Britton Fisher), Nelson Blanco Flores, Malick Mbaye, Max Flick, Luis Arriaga, Jay Tee Kamara, Selmir Miscic, Pecka (75’ – Joshua Coan), Peter Pearson, Thorn Simpson (81’ – Yekeson Subah).
Unused Substitutes: Damian Las, Robert Frame, Collin McCamy, Caden Tolentino.STATISTICS
Team Shots Saves Fouls Corners Richmond 16 4 12 5 North Carolina 11 2 12 7
Min Team Player 45′ NC Thorn Simpson 65′ NC Nelson Blanco Flores 80′ RIC Esteban Calvo 90+2′ NC Jay Tee Kamara 90+3′ NC Josh Coan
Referee: John Matto
Assistant Referees: Jeffrey Skinker, Andrew Charron
Fourth Official: Nickrod Fateh
Weather: Sunny, 88 ºF
Photos and Game Summary: Kickers Travelled to NC on Wednesday and Got Thumped
The Kickers fell short in both offense and defense and ended up losing 4-0 against North Carolina FC
Official Kickers Summary
The Richmond Kickers (4-5-4) fell on the road to regional rival North Carolina FC (2-7-3) after a quick turnaround for the midweek match — their second match in a three matches in seven-day span. Richmond United academy product Damian Gallegos made his professional debut for the Reds when he came on for Emiliano Terzaghi in the 85th minute.
The match started off with kinetic back-and-forth energy. At the four-minute-mark, North Carolina’s Jay Tee Kamara sprinted down the wing at Richmond’s goal and made an incisive through-pass to Robert Kristo who struck a shot at goal, but Akira Fitzgerald was calm and collected the shot with ease.
At 13 minutes, Matt Bolduc sprinted towards the corner with the ball at his feet and curled a ball into the North Carolina box. Oalex Anderson soared in the air to meet the cross and rattled off a powerful header at the far post but it was wide of the goal.
Shortly after, North Carolina recovered a Richmond-headed clearance and recycled the ball out wide to Nelson Flores who curled the ball into Kristo who aimed a lofty header towards the far post and just over the Richmond defense to make the scoreline to 1-0. Just before the first half would come to a close, Kristo received a long ball at the center of the field and cranked out a half volley shot that unluckily found the back of the net to bring the scoreline to 2-0 in North Carolina’s favor.
Richmond came out of the dressing room pressing for a goal to halve the NCFC lead. However, NCFC found room to initiate a counterattack in the 48th minute. Josh Coan received the ball wide in the Richmond box and fired a shot towards the far post that would make the scoreline 3-0.
With the addition of some fresh legs from the Richmond bench in the 64th minute, the Reds looked to close the gap adding Luke Pavone, Stanley Alves, and Jonathan Bolanos into the mix. Stanley Alves received a long ball outside of the box, controlled it with a superb first touch, and fired off a rocket of a shot at the North Carolina goal but unfortunately, the attempt would hit the woodwork and bounce out of play — a theme for the night as the Kickers were unlucky and saw several shots either hit the post or just miss it.
In the 85th minute, NCFC would find space on the counter as Kristos was trailed by two Kickers defenders. Ivan Magalhães made a last-ditch attempt to stop the attack but brought down Kristos in the process and the defender received a red card for the last-man tackle. After six minutes of extra time was added to the clock, Coan made an incisive run at the Richmond goal and was able to find the back of the net for the final tally of the night.
Richmond caps off its busy week of three matches at South Georgia Tormenta FC on Saturday night. The last time the Kickers faced Tormenta was at City Stadium when the Reds earned a 2-0 result thanks to a brace from Emiliano Terzaghi in the final 10 minutes. Kickoff for the match in Statesboro, Ga. is set for 8:00 p.m.
First Half Second Half Final Richmond 0 0 0 North Carolina 2 2 4
Richmond: Akira Fitzgerald, Chris Cole, Ivan Magalhães, Jalen Crisler(77‘ – Mumbi Kwesele, Esteban Calvo(64‘ – Luke Pavone), Zaca Moran, Victor Falck(64’ – Stanley Alves), Matt Bolduc, Nil Vinyals(65’ – Jonathan Bolanos), Emiliano Terzaghi(79’ – Daman Gallegos), Oalex Anderson
Unused Substitutes: Austin Causey, Hernan Gonzalez
North Carolina: Jake McGuire, Shermaine Martina(84’ – Malick Mbaye), Nelson Blanco Flores, Nelson Martinez, Max Flick, Nazmi Albadawi, Joshua Coan(90’+3 – Marvin Mariche), Selmir Miscic(76’ – Robert Frame), Peter Pearson, Jay Tee Kamara(76’ – Luis Arriaga, Robert Kristo
Unused Substitutes: Nicholas Holliday, Britton Fischer, Malyk Hamilton
Shots Saves Fouls Corners Richmond 19 4 12 6 North Carolina 16 3 10 4
70’ RIC Moran
85’ RIC Magalhães
Referee: Emma Richards
Asst. Referee: Justin Howard, Dallas Rosier
4th Official: John Matto
Weather: Sunny, 84 ºF
Photos and Game Summary: Kickers Battle the Weather and Ft. Lauderdale to a Draw
Official Kickers Game Summary
The Richmond Kickers (4-4-4) battled back from behind to earn a crucial point at home, Saturday night, against MLS affiliate Fort Lauderdale CF (5-7-3) despite experiencing a cumulative two hours and 25 minutes of lightning-related delays.
The match started rocky after kickoff was delayed for 46 minutes. The Reds played forward early but were caught on the break in the sixth minute as Fort Lauderdale slotted a shot to beat Akira Fitzgerald and bring the scoreline to an early 1-0. Around the 21st minute, Emiliano Terzaghi earned a free kick outside of the Fort Lauderdale box. Ivan Magalhães stepped up for the direct kick but his shot flew just over the crossbar.
After another 15 minutes of back-and-forth play between the two sides, Richmond received the ball in a dangerous area and Stanley Alves fired off a side-footed volley at goal, but his attempt would fly just over the crossbar leaving eight minutes remaining of the first half. Richmond opened up even more creatively with a series of plays involving intricate flicks and passes into the box. The Reds would finish the half owning possession and duels won but the scoreline cruelly did not reflect the play.
Just several minutes into the second half, the game was delayed again because of lightning and the delay would keep both sides off the field for over an hour and a half.
Finally, both sides walked out of their respective locker rooms at 10:04 pm to resume play. The Kickers started off strong with a good counterattack and a shot by Matt Bolduc that was deflected for a corner by goalkeeper Drake Callender. In the 57th minute, Alves took on two Fort Lauderdale defenders with a few stepovers to get a shot off but his shot would once again pass just over the crossbar. Richmond’s renewed vigor and intensity earned the team overwhelming possession and quality chances created.
Richmond would continue on the front foot for another several minutes of heavy attacking play. At the 80-minute-mark, Chris Cole would lead the attack with a direct run at the Fort Lauderdale box to get a shot off but it would go wide of the post. Shortly after, Oalex Anderson, a substitute in the 72nd minute, carried the ball on the left wing, beat his defender, and put in a ball for Terzaghi to side-foot into the back of the net — leveling the scoreline for Richmond with only several minutes left.
Richmond pressed for the go-ahead but saw out the remainder of the half to earn a point at home as a consolation. Head Coach Darren Sawatzky praised his team’s resilience to overcome numerous delays and earn a comeback result during post-match comments with the media.
Richmond’s next match will be Wednesday, July 21 at North Carolina FC for the teams’ third matchup this season. Kickoff at Sahlen Stadium is set for 7:00 p.m.
|First Half||Second Half||Final|
Richmond: Akira Fitzgerald, Chris Cole, Ivan Magalhães, Jalen Crisler, Esteban Calvo, Victor Falck, Matt Bolduc (78’ – Hernan Gonzalez), Nil Vinyals, Jonathan Bolanos (72’ – Oalex Anderson), Emiliano Terzaghi, Stanley Alves (76’ – Stanley Alves)
Unused Substitutes: Austin Causey, Mumbi Kwesele, Nathan Aune, Damian Gallegos
Fort Lauderdale CF: Drake Callender, Brian Rosales, Aime Mabika, Modesto Mendez, Noah Allen, Ignacio Poplawski, Harvey Neville, Braxton Najib (62’ – Joshua Saavedra), Josh Penn (90’ – Frank Nodarse), Mitchell Curry, Shaan Hundal (76’ – Shaan Hundal)
Unused Substitutes: Andre Zulaga, Francisco Raggio, Dairon Reyes, Felipe Valencia
|Fort Lauderdale CF||5||2||17||1|
Referee: William Steffen
Asst. Referee: Jonah Kind, Max A. Smith
4th Official: Nickrod Fateh
Weather: Sunny, 91º F
Photos and Game Summary: Kickers Come from Behind Twice to Nab the Win
It was a goal-scoring extravaganza on Saturday, with the Kicker netting three and the visitors from Texas getting two.
Official Kickers Game Summary
The Richmond Kickers (4-4-3) earned a comeback 3-2 win over MLS Affiliate North Texas SC (3-4-3), Saturday night at City Stadium. Emiliano Terzaghi scored his second brace of the season while Jonathan Bolanos netted the game-winner late in the second half.
With the first half underway, Richmond began the match playing a high-pressing line with bags of energy. At the 11-minute mark, North Texas got a look at the goal, but Akira Fitzgerald deflected the shot away into safety. Shortly after, North Texas rushed down the left-wing and took a shot at Fitzgerald from the goal line but it was blocked away for a corner. North Texas would find its breakthrough in the 26th minute after connecting a combination of passes leading to a near-post goal by Kazu.
Richmond would answer back quickly. The Reds played their way from the defense all the way up to the North Texas final third where Victor Falck was able to drill a shot at goalkeeper Colin Shutler who deflected the ball out. Richmond recycled out wide to Juan Pablo Monticelli who crossed the ball into Terzaghi. The reigning league MVP gracefully awaited the ball and performed an incredible back-heel flick into North Texas’ goal to give the Red Army a world-class goal to watch and to bring the scoreline to 1-1.
However, North Texas would retake the lead shortly after. Almaguer found some free space following a throw-in in Richmond territory and let loose a shot that would find the back of the net, leaving the scoreline 1-2 at the end of the half.
The Reds made halftime adjustments and stormed ahead to find another equalizer. Around the 50-minute mark, Richmond won a corner and, after an attempt to play Terzaghi in the box, Terzaghi was fouled by a North Texas defender and awarded a penalty. The Argentine stepped up to the penalty mark and confidently drilled his shot into the bottom left-hand corner to convert for his second goal of the match. With the scoreline level at 2-2, both teams looked to regain leverage for the remainder of the half.
After a good start to the half for Richmond, the team was playing on the front foot and saw a few great attacks at the goal from Bolanos down the left-wing. After several runs at the North Texas goal, Bolanos fired a lofted shot floating it over several North Texas defenders, beating the goalkeeper, and hitting the far-post to bounce back into the goal, bringing the scoreline to 3-2 with Richmond in the lead.
Richmond saw out the remainder of the match to seal the first win over North Texas since both teams joined USL League One in 2019. However, the team would have to do it down a man after midfielder Zaca Moran was issued a second yellow card turning into a red card late.
Richmond returns to City Stadium to face Fort Lauderdale CF on July 17th. The Reds already played the MLS-affiliate earlier in the season on the road and will look to get a win back at their home field. Kickoff for the match is set for 6:30 p.m.
First Half Second Half Final Richmond 1 2 3 North Texas 2 0 2
Richmond: Akira Fitzgerald, Juan Pablo Monticelli (45’ – Matt Bolduc), Ivan Magalhães, Jalen Crisler, Nathan Aune(45’ – Jonathan Bolanos), Zaca Moran, Victor Falck, Nil Vinyals, Chris Cole (69’ – Stanley Alves), Emiliano Terzaghi (87’ – Hernan González), Luke Pavone
Unused Substitutes: Austin Causey, Oalex Anderson, Cam Vickers
North Texas SC: Colin Shutler, Caiser Gomes, Collin Smith (86’ – Thibaut Jacquel), Rio Ramirez, Edwin Munjoma, Blaine Ferri (75’ – Michael Maldonado), Jorge Almaguer, Dominick Hernandez (75’ – Hope Avayevu), Bernard Kamungo, Kazu (65’ – Derek Waldeck), Gibran Rayo (64’ – Alex Bruce)
Unused Substitutes: Richard Sánchez
North Texas SC
88’ RIC Moran
Referee: Nickrod Fateh
Asst. Referee: Andrew Charron, Dallas Rosier
4th Official: Nicholas Seymour
Weather: Sunny, 79ºF