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Photos and Game Summary: VCU Goes Down a Goal Comes Back with a Vengeance

Despite giving up an early goal the Rams dominated play and ended up winning 4-1 over ETSU.

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The short story: Two goals apiece from sophomore winger Celio Pompeu and senior midfielder Oquin Robinson led the Rams to a dominant win, the 100th of head coach Dave Giffard‘s career, in the fall 2021 home opener.

QUICK FACTS

  • Giffard notched his 100th career win in his 12th season at the helm of the Rams.
  • Pompeu’s brace gave the Brazilian a team-high three goals and seven points on the season.
  • Robinson’s brace were his first two goals of the year after picking up an assist last time out at RV/#24 Charlotte.
  • ETSU played with ten men for the final 32 minutes of the match after goalkeeper Cole Hunter received his second yellow card.
  • In a physical match, the Bucs received eight total yellow cards.
  • VCU out-shot ETSU by a 19-7 margin, and held a 5-0 advantage in corner kicks.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • The Rams were dangerous right out of the gate, with Pompeu pinging a ball to redshirt freshman Ethan Manheim who turned and fired a shot from 20 yards just wide of the right post in the first minute.
  • ETSU’s Hunter picked up his first yellow card in the 14th minute when he strayed outside of the box to pick up a ball. Robinson took the ensuing free kick, curling a shot over the wall and forcing a diving save.
  • Moments later, the Bucs struck first on the counter. Gabriel Ramos played a long ball from midfield to Tarik Pannholzer, who cut in on his right foot and curled a shot to the lower right corner to put ETSU in front 1-0.
  • In the 34th minute, Pompeu drew a foul in the box that resulted in a yellow card for ETSU’s Dominic Foster and a VCU penalty kick. Robinson stepped up to the spot and slotted home his first goal of the season to tie the match at 1-1.
  • VCU’s fluid play continued into a dominant second half, with a quality chance coming in the 50th minute. Robinson threaded a perfectly-weighted ball to freshman midfielder Damian Gallegos on the right wing, where he played a dangerous cross that senior forward Biska Biyombo nearly redirected into the goal as he slid through the six-yard box.
  • In the 57th minute, Pompeu skillfully created space for himself in the box, and fired a shot just over the bar.
  • Biyombo was in on goal in the 59th minute, and Hunter came off his line and fouled him with a sliding challenge, collecting his second yellow and forcing the Bucs to bring on Josh Perryman as a replacement goalkeeper. Pompeu took the ensuing free kick from 24 yards out, beautifully curling it into the top right corner to put the Rams in front 2-1.
  • Robinson doubled his tally in the 67th minute, collecting a rebound from Manheim’s header off a corner kick and heading it into the back of the net form close range to push the lead to 3-1.
  • Pompeu put a bow on the Rams’ scoring in the 74th minute, collecting a ball from redshirt junior midfielder Pierre Fiorre Mane, taking a deft touch around a defender, and slotting home a finish with his right foot.

QUOTING HEAD COACH DAVE GIFFARD
“Tonight was an interesting game. We started brightly but had more control than we have the first few games, and I think that lulled us into a false sense of security at 0-0. We knew coming in that ETSU was excellent in transition, and that the number nine was absolutely quality. We didn’t deal with it very well, and sure enough, he scored a very good goal. We kept playing through and got it back and then in the second half our quality shone through over time.”

UP NEXT
The Rams open the Atlantic 10 slate with a road match at Rhode Island on Saturday, Sept. 18 at 7 p.m. from Kingston, R.I. Every A-10 match is broadcast on ESPN+.

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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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Photos and Game Summary: VUU Fall in Home Opener

Turnovers didn’t help an offense that failed to hit its stride and a defense that had no answers as VUU lose 51 – 17

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Virginia Union University’s Jada Byers, a true freshman from Hamminton, N.J., and majoring in Social Work, rushed for 107 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries against #5 Valdosta State University on Saturday, September 11, at Willie Lanier Field at Hovey Stadium in Richmond, Va.

Unfortunately, Valdosta State won the game 51-7 against the Panthers.

Byer’s touchdown came at the 11:58 mark in the fourth quarter and spoiled Valdosta State’s bid for a shutout.

VUU’s Jarrett Sumiel had five solo tackles and assisted on four more.

The loss dropped VUU to 0-2 on the season while Valdosta State is now 2-0.

Virginia Union now faces Virginia University at Lynchburg in the Willard Bailey Classic at 6:00 p.m. at Willie Lanier Field at Hovey Stadium on Saturday, September 18.

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Flying Squirrels with Rain Vouchers can get Tickets for Next Tuesday’s Game

The Flying Squirrels season is coming to a close and rain dampened a few games.

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Fans holding any unused 2021 vouchers or rain-out tickets have the opportunity to exchange them for 2 GA tickets for Tuesday, September 7th. Tickets may be exchanged in advance or in person at the ticket booth on game day!

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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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