Three Things to Ponder
- Exciting – This game shouldn’t have been exciting. The Kickers kept leaving the door open a crack and the Revs would take advantage. The Kickers offense was also exciting but we don’t know yet if this is just a case of stacking up good against New England or the start of something bigger. The Kickers only other three-goal game was also against New England at the season opener.
- Passion – I’m going to mention it again. Everyone on this team has such passion that it’s impressive to watch. This starts with head Coach Darren Sawatsky. He’s just as passionate (angry?) when up two goals as he is when the team is down three goals. This passion can be a double-edged sword. The Kickers are second in the league with yellow cards but to date no red cards.
- Deep Offense – The Kickers are second in the league with 10 goals. This comes from six different players. Leading the Kickers as you’d expect/hope is Emiliano Terzaghi with three. The fact that five other players have scored makes it much harder for other teams to focus on just one player and hope that stifles the offense.
The Richmond Kickers (3-3-1) equaled their highest scoring total of the season as they earned a 3-2 win over New England Revolution II on Pride Night. The tone of the match was set when the Kickers opened up with a spectacular team goal in the first 26 seconds.
Approximately 30 seconds into the match, a quick exchange of passes between Juan Pablo Monticelli and Nil Vinyals broke through the New England right-flank. Vinyals placed a threaded pass to Jonathan Bolanos who exploded into the box then squared the ball across to Matt Bolduc who set up for a left-footed shot and netted an early goal for Richmond.
After 11 minutes, Revs II made their way into the Richmond defense and managed to get a shot off, but Akira Fitzgerald’s lightning quick reflexes rejected what could have been an equalizer for New England.
At the 30-minute mark, New England equalized after an incisive run into the box which was followed with a shot that Fitzgerald deflected away from goal but fell into the feet of Noel Buck who struck the ball just quick enough to beat Fitzgerald to the punch.
Only 10 minutes later, Vinyals would place a corner kick that would connect with Monticelli for a beautifully-headed goal into the back of the New England net. The first half wrapped up with Richmond holding a 2-1 lead over Revs II.
With the second half underway, Richmond looked to see out their lead with some insurance. In the 51st minute, Victor Falck drilled a deadball down the right wing to a streaking Bolduc. The right-winger squared the ball into the center of the box to Vinyals who was rushing into the danger area. The Spaniard passed the ball to a centrally-placed Terzaghi, who returned the ball to Vinyals just wide of the goal, only for Vinyals to fizz the ball right back across to Terzaghi who finished with a perfect side-footed attempt.
In the 76th minute, New England halved the Richmond lead but the Reds held onto their lead through six minutes of stoppage time to see out their second straight victory over Revs II.
With another win under their belt, the Richmond Kickers are back on the road and headed to Wisconsin on Saturday, June 12 to face Forward Madison for the first Henny Derby of the season. The game is set to kick off at 8:00 p.m. ET.
Team First Half Second Half Final Richmond 2 1 3 North Carolina 1 1 2
Richmond: Akira Fitzgerald, Juan Pablo Monticelli, Ivan Magalhaes, Jalen Crisler (68’ – Nathan Aune), Esteban Calvo, Zaca Moran, Victor Falck, Nil Vinyals, Emiliano Terzaghi ( 88’ – Cameron Vickers), Jonathan Bolanos ( 63’ – Oalex Anderson), Matt Bolduc ( 63’ – Luke Pavone).
Unused Substitutes: Austin Causey, Chris Cole, Hernan Gonzalez
New England: Brad Knighton, Sean O’Hearn, Colby Quinones (69’ – Francois Dulysse), Pierre Cayet, Jake Rozhansky, Michel, Ryan Spaulding ( 68’ – Hikaru Fujiwara), Christian Mafla, Noel Buck ( 45’ – Justin Rennicks), Damian Rivera, Edward Kizza ( 68’ – Ryan Sierakowski).
Unused Substitutes: Joseph Rice, Joseph Buck, Collin Verfurth
Team Shots Saves Fouls Corners Richmond 13 2 18 2 New England 14 4 8 7
Referee: JC Griggs
4th Official: Andrew Charron
Weather: Sunny, 89 ºF
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.
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.
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
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.
Official Kickers Summary
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.
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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
Referee: Austin Saini
Assistant Referee: William Aten
Fourth Official: Max A. Smith
Weather: Sunny, 90 ºF
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.
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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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