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Photos and Game Summary: Panthers Shred the Dragons

Virginia Union University and Virginia University of Lynchburg hadn’t meet on the football field since 1931. VUL will be happy if they don’t meet again anytime soon as they lost 49 to 7.

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Virginia Union University and Virginia University of Lynchburg hadn’t meet on the football field since 1931, but VUU made up for 90 years of lost time by downing the Dragons 49-7 in the Willard Bailey Classic on Saturday, September 18, at Willie Lanier Field at Hovey Stadium in Richmond, Va.

“It’s always good to get the win,” said VUU Head Football Coach Dr. Alvin Parker.  “I think the guys needed it, we needed it.  It’s good to get the win in the fashion that we did.  I was happy to get a lot of guys to play and it was a great opportunity to get the win.”

The Panthers started the scoring early when Jaiden Reavis caught a 28-yard touchdown pass from Khalid Morris with 2:32 left in the first quarter and didn’t stop the scoring until Kore Prentice-Coles capped the onslaught when he took the ball in from two yards out with 14:55 left in the fourth quarter.

In between, VUU racked up 416 yards in total offense and rushed for five touchdowns.

“Those guys (in the offensive line), Brian GibsonMatthew CurryMark LawtonJustin Meade and Savion Hopes, those are five starters right now, and they’ve been playing exceptionally well these past few weeks,” said Parker.  “We’ve been able to run the ball pretty effectively and they’ve been protecting the quarterback as well.  They may not get a lot of credit, but those guys have been doing such a great job and the numbers speak for what they are.”

VUU’s Jada Byers, a freshman from Hammonton, N.J., majoring in Social Work, rushed for 201 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries.  Byers was named the Offensive MVP of the Game for his effort.

“If you watch us play, you’ll see that #7 (Byers) is something special,” said Parker.  “He’s just a great kid to be around, first and foremost.  Even before you get to his play, he’s just a great kid.  His play speaks for itself.”

On the defense, Virginia Union” Marquis Hamilton, a graduate student from Washington, D.C., and who is majoring in Business, intercepted two passes and came within one yard of returning one for a score.

“Hamilton is a good guy for us,” said Parker.  “He bought right into our culture. He comes to work every day and you really don’t hear him make a sound.  But he had a big smile on his face after he made those interceptions, and that’s what we like to see.”

VUU is now 1-2 on the season while Virginia University at Lynchburg fell too 0-3.

The Panthers will now travel to Charlotte, N.C., to face Johnson C. Smith University at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 25, In the CIAA regular-season opener for both teams.

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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: Kickers Win Dramatic Fashion Move Up To Fourth

In a game that saw 5 goals the Kickers prevailed due to the Golden Boot of Emiliano Terzaghi.

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The Richmond Kickers (11-8-7) prevailed in dramatic fashion in the Red’s final regular-season home match of the year, beating Forward Madison (6-8-11) in the final matchup of the series, winning the Henny Derby Cup and extending their winning streak to five matches.

The final matchup in the 2021 Henny Derby series was underway and the crowd was roaring at Richmond’s final regular-season home match which was the attendance record-setting match of the season.

Both teams spent the first five minutes feeling each other out, but in the eighth minute of the match, Josiah Trimmingham received a ball with his back to the goal in the corner of the box, made a quick move to turn around and fired off a shot into the far post to bring Forward Madison up 1-0 for an early lead against the run of play.

In the 15th minute, Richmond surged up the left flank, Jonathan Bolanos leading the attack with an incisive run crossed the ball into the far post for Matt Bolduc who leaped into the air to redirect a header across the goal but Phil Breno collected the attempted shot.

Several minutes later, Nil Vinyals placed a corner kick into Emiliano Terzaghi at the near post which he fired towards the goal but the attempt went just wide of the post. At the 32-minute mark, Vinyals delivered another brilliant corner kick into the far post. Chris Cole came bursting into the heart of the box and jumped head and shoulders over his markers to power a thunderous header into the back of the net, earning his first professional-career goal and leveling the scoreline for the Reds, 1-1.

Shortly after, Richmond was on the front foot again with Bolanos sprinting through the Madison half. Bolanos took his time and took a shot on goal, Breno deflected the shot towards Terzaghi who was pouncing on the ball. Terzaghi managed to make contact with the ball and it floated into the air over Breno and eventually hit the back of the net to move Richmond into the lead, 2-1 going into the second half.

Soon after returning to the pitch, Forward Madison was in dangerous territory approaching the Richmond goal. A well-placed cross into the box brought Akira Fitzgerald into action and an unfortunate deflection off of Esteban Calvo redirected the ball into the back of the net, once again leveling the scoreline, 2-2.

After 30 minutes of intense back-and-forth between both teams, Forward Madison earned a free kick just outside of the Richmond box. The dead-ball kick sailed just under the crossbar, nearly beating Fitzgerald, but the veteran keeper got a glove on it to keep the Reds level.

A few minutes later, Richmond answered back with their own threatening attack. Juan Pablo Monticelli, who came into the match off the bench chased down a long-through ball far up the left wing and sent a low-driven cross into the Forward Madison box. The ball crossed through the box and reached Terzaghi who put his laces through a shot that slammed into the back of the net at the far post.

With Terzaghi’s second goal, he broke the USL League One single-season goal-scoring record (16), previously set by North Texas SC’s Ronaldo Damus in 2019. Terzaghi notched his 17th goal of the season and bagged the Kickers fifth-straight win to bring home the Henny Derby.

After Richmond’s late-season rally and five-match winning streak, the Reds are back on the road to Nebraska to take on the league leaders, Union Omaha, as they rally in the final leg of the 2021 season. Richmond will be at Werner Park, Saturday, October 23. Kickoff for the match is set for 7 p.m. EST.

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 2 1 3
Forward Madison 1 1 2

LINEUPS

Richmond: Akira Fitzgerald, Chris Cole (55’ – Juan Pablo Monticelli), Ivan Magalhães, Jalen Crisler, Esteban Calvo, Zaca Moran, Ethan Bryant (55’ – Victor Falck), Nil Vinyals (90’ – Nathan Aune, Matt Bolduc (76’ – Luke Pavone), Emiliano Terzaghi, Jonathan Bolanos (76’ – Oalex Anderson)

Unused Substitutes: Austin Causey, Hernan Gonzalez

Forward Madison: Phil Breno, Eric Leonard, Cyrus Rad, Connor Tobin, Aaron Molloy, Josiah Trimmingham, Christian Enriquez (75’ – Audi Jepson), Derek Gebhard (85’ – Carlos Gómez), Justin Sukow, Christian Díaz (46’ – Tyler Allen), R. Sierakowski

Unused Substitutes: Noah Fuson, Jake Keegan, Aidan Hogan, Jesús Pérez

STATISTICS
Shots Saves Fouls Corners
Richmond 12 3 15 5
Forward Madison 15 3 14 3

SCORING SUMMARY

8’

32’

45’

47’

88’

MAD

RIC

RIC

MAD

RIC

Trimmingham

Cole

Terzaghi

Calvo (OG)

Terzaghi

CAUTIONS SUMMARY

4’

14’

25’

42’

44’

45+4’

74’

80’

RIC

MAD

MAD

MAD

MAD

RIC

RIC

MAD

Cole

Sukow

Leonard

Rad

Tobin

Moran

Monticelli

Jepson

EJECTIONS SUMMARY

None

MATCH INFORMATION

Referee: John Matto
Assistant Referee: Jeffrey Skinker, William Aten
Fourth Official: Andrew Charron
Attendance: 3,212
Weather: Windy, 72 ºF

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Photos and Game Summary: Rams Send Fordham Home with a Loss

It only took one goal to give the Rams the win as their impressive season rolls on.

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Score: VCU 1, Fordham 0
Location: Richmond, Va. (Sports Backers Stadium)
Records: VCU 11-2-0 (7-0-0 Atlantic 10), Fordham 3-10-2 (1-5-1 A-10)

The short story: Redshirt senior midfielder Emma Kershner‘s 37th minute goal, and a stellar effort from VCU’s back line extended the Rams’ win streak.

QUICK FACTS

  • VCU has won seven matches in a row, the longest win streak since the 2018 squad won seven in a row from Sept. 6 through Oct. 4.
  • This also extends VCU’s best-ever start to Atlantic 10 play.
  • VCU remains in first in the A-10 standings, with a two-game cushion over second-place Dayton and Saint Louis.
  • Kershner’s goal was her fourth of the season, and 16th of her VCU career. It was also her seventh game-winner in black and gold.
  • Sophomore winger Ella Higgins provided the assist on the goal, her third of the season.
  • Senior Emily Charen made her first appearance of the year, playing 60 minutes at right back off the bench.
  • VCU’s back line of Natalia SantangeloAmber DiOrioLana GolobSamantha Ferguson, and Charen held Fordham to just one shot in the match, and without a single shot on goal. This is the fifth clean sheet of the year for VCU and redshirt senior goalkeeper Grace Young.
  • VCU held a massive 63%-37% advantage in possession, while outshooting Fordham 20-1, and collecting 11 corner kicks compared to Fordham’s one.
  • Earlier this week, VCU checked in at 23 in the latest NCAA RPI rankings.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • Junior midfielder Anna Bagley had a dangerous chance in the 13th minute, winning a ball in the midfield and ripping a left-footed shot on goal from the top of the box.
  • VCU netted the lone goal of the match in the 37th minute as Higgins turned on a defender and drove in a cross from the right wing for Kershner to take on the half-volley, slotting the ball inside the left post.
  • Redshirt senior forward Lyndsey Gutzmer headed an effort on goal in the 65th minute, redirecting a free kick from Kershner.
  • In the 82nd minute, Bagley crashed on a rebound from a corner kick, and slashed a shot that deflected off a Fordham defender, then off the left post for a corner kick. DiOrio headed a shot over the bar on the ensuing set piece.
  • Senior forward Aileen Guthrie nearly doubled the lead in the final minute, racing to a 50-50 ball before the charging Fordham goalkeeper, and floating a shot on the empty net that was cleared off the line by a Ram defender.

UP NEXT
VCU hits the road for a pair of A-10 matches, starting at La Salle on Sunday, Oct. 17 at 1 p.m. in Philadelphia. The match will be streamed on ESPN+.

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Preview: Playoffs on the Line as Kickers Face Familiar Foe

Kickers are on a four-game winning streak and face Forward Madison yet again. A win and the Kickers are in the playoffs.

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Opponent: Madison Forward FC (6-7-11)
Date/Time: Saturday, October 16th, 6:30 PM
Last Result: Kickers 2 – North Texas 1

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Three Things to Kick About

  1. Playoffs – For weeks I’ve been saying that if we make the playoffs there is little chance of a home game. My tune is changing. A home playoff game is a real possibility. A win gets us in to the playoffs and another win or two and some other results get us a home game.
  2. Unexpected Heroes – On Sunday the Kickers went down a goal and all eyes turned to golden boot leader Tergazhi. Instead it was two players that got their first USL1 goals of the season that came up big. In the 80th minute Argentinian Moran found himself with space to shoot and perfectly placed a shot into the upper 90 with his first touch, beating Richard Sanchez for a screamer of a goal, and earning his first goal of the season to bring the scoreline level at 1-1. The Kickers weren’t done. . Late into stoppage time, 95 minutes into the match, Vinyals delivered a set piece directly into the North Texas six-yard box. Ivan Magalhães muscled his way through the North Texas box, beat his marker and sent a thunderous header into the back of the net giving Richmond another dramatic, go-ahead goal.
  3. Get to the Game – Attendance has been a bit of a roller coaster for the Kicker this year. This Saturday they need every supporter of local soccer in the stands to help push them over the line. It’s been 7 years since the Kickers hosted a playoff game, let’s do this folks.
  4.  Bonus: Forward Madison – This team is the USL1 golden child. They’ve got a marketing team/budget that is second to none. They’ve tapped into a large fan base. This fawning hasn’t resulted in a winning team. The Flamingos as they’re called are having a bad run and are ripe for a Kickers win.

Prediction

Momentum, we’ve got. Injuries aren’t a major concern right now, (knock on wood). Forward Madison had to play a weeknight game before heading down to Richmond. This game is lining up in the Kickers favor.

Kickers 1 – Forward Madison 0.

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