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Photos and Game Summary: Kickers Nab the Win in Extra Time

It came down to the wire but the Terazaghi managed to head one in and give the Kickers a much needed win.

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Emiliano Terzaghi delivered the game-winner for the Richmond Kickers (7-8-7) in the third minute of extra time as the Reds defeated MLS-affiliate side, Toronto FC II (6-9-8) at the death in front of the largest crowd at City Stadium so far in 2021.

The match was underway on a gorgeous, Fall night in Richmond. Early in the match, Nil Vinyals played a through ball into the Toronto box with Terzaghi chasing it down. Terzaghi got to the ball and was free on goal but Caleb Patterson-Sewell made himself big and closed down the angle to deflect Terzaghi’s shot away.

In the 10th minute, Jalen Crisler pinged a long pass over the Toronto defense from Richmond’s own half. Matt Bolduc beat his mark to the ball and cut a pass inside to Ethan Bryant who took the shot in stride but it went over the crossbar.

After 20 minutes of back-and-forth play between the two squads, Richmond was awarded a free kick right outside of the Toronto box. Vinyals stepped over the kick and attempted to curl it over the wall into the near post, but his attempt spun just wide of the goal post.

Shortly after, Ivan Magalhães played a long ball over the top of the Toronto defense, Jonathan Bolanos turned on the burners and jostled his opponent off the ball to sneak into the six-yard box and lay a pass off to Terzaghi who tried to chip the keeper but the attempt was unsuccessful. The first half whistle was blown and neither side was able to find space for a go-ahead goal, 0-0.

Both squads stepped back onto the pitch after the halftime break, both hungry for a result and playing with the intensity to show it. In the 51st minute, Richmond was awarded a corner kick, Moran from the left, sent the ball into the near post and Terzaghi beat his mark to the ball and flicked it on behind him at goal, but the attempt fell wide of the goal.

The match was in its final ten minutes of regular time and Oalex Anderson made his way onto the pitch on the right wing to wreak havoc with his fresh legs and explosive pace.

Richmond earned a corner kick and the ball landed at the feet of Bolanos who took a volleyed stab at it, but the attempt went over the goal. Richmond continued to attack the Toronto goal relentlessly, with the clock winding down, Toronto FC II was awarded a free kick just outside of the box. The set-piece made its way into the danger area, but Akira Fitzgerald got his knuckles to the ball and punched away into safety.

At this point in the match, Richmond had statistically dominated the game in nearly every category, leading in possession, shots, and passing accuracy. But the scoreline didn’t reflect the efforts and relentless energy the Reds poured into the pitch.

With only four minutes of stoppage time awarded, Terzaghi received the ball deep in his own half and pinged a long diagonal pass across the field to Bolanos, who set up for a long-range shot outside of the box. Bolanos’ shot fizzed at Patterson-Sewell who did just enough to get a hand to it.

With Patterson-Sewell’s deflection, Richmond was awarded a corner kick late into stoppage time. Moran stood at the corner flag with his hands raised to signify his kick. His in-swinging ball fell just above Terzaghi who leaped into the air to get a touch on the ball and flick it back at the goal, the ball took a deflection off of some players and Terzaghi scored in a fantastic display of resilience to bring the Reds to 1-0 and earn a much needed three points.

Richmond will return to City Stadium next Saturday, October 2nd to face league-leaders Chattanooga Red Wolves SC. The last time out, Richmond played Red Wolves in Chattanooga and fell short in the final minutes to a last-ditch, go-ahead goal for Red Wolves. This time around Richmond will enjoy the push from their home fans. 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 1 1
Toronto FC II 0 0 0

LINEUPS

Richmond: Akira Fitzgerald, Chris Cole, Ivan Magalhaes, Jalen Crisler, Esteban Calvo, Zaca Moran, Matt Bolduc, Nil Vinyals(88’ – Hernan Gonzalez), Jonathan Bolanos, Emiliano Terzaghi, Ethan Bryant(80’ – Oalex Anderson)

Unused Substitutes: Austin Causey, Nathan Aune, Juan Pablo Monticelli, Devante Dubose, Denso Ulysse

Toronto FC II: Caleb Patterson-Sewell, Jon-Talen Maples, Kobe Franklin, Julian Dunn-Johnson, Luca Petrasso, Rohan Goulbourne, Kosi Thompson, Antonio Carlini, Dante Campbell, Themi Antonoglou(75’ – Hugo Mbongue), Paul Rothrock(87’ – Antony Curic)

Unused Substitutes: Matthew Medeiros, Andreas Vaikla, Nicolas OvalleSTATISTICS

Shots Saves Fouls Corners
Richmond 19 1 19 9
Toronto 6 6 12 1

SCORING SUMMARY

90’+3 RIC Terzaghi

CAUTIONS SUMMARY

28’

31’

36’

73’

79’

90’+5

RIC

TOR

RIC

TOR

RIC

RIC

Vinyals

Antonoglou

Moran

Petrasso

Crisler

Anderson

EJECTIONS SUMMARY

None

MATCH INFORMATION

Referee: Danielle Chesky
Assistant Referee: Ben Pilgrim, Jeffrey Skinker
Fourth Official: Andrew Charron
Attendance: 2,223
Weather: Partly Cloudy, 75 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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PHOTOS & GAME SUMMARY: Kickers Come From Behind to Win

As of right now, the Kickers sit in first place in the league. The next two games are on the road and include a match against the team that is in 2nd in the league.

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RICHMOND KICKERS: 3 45′ Vanacore-Decker (Ritchie), 56′ Terzaghi (Bentley), 64′ Terzaghi (Ritchie)
FC TUCSON: 1 28′ Calixtro

The Richmond Kickers (10-6-4, 34 pts) returned home with a come-from-behind win against FC Tucson (3-10-4, 13 pts) to sweep the three-game series with eight goals against Tucson’s single goal.

Emiliano Terzaghi scored two goals – tying him for the USL League One lead – and Ethan Vanacore-Decker scored his first goal as a Kicker. Stuart Ritchie tallied two assists and Matthew Bentley recorded one.

The Kickers had the first opportunity on goal early in the match in the 13th minute as Terzaghi played a back heel to Nil Vinyals. He returned the ball to Terzaghi who tried to chip the keeper but was denied by Tucson’s Carlos Merancio.

Tucson crossed the ball into the box and forced Fitzgerald to make a diving save in the 19th minute to keep the game 0-0.

In the 29th minute, Tucson drew first blood as Giovanni Calixtro scored in the far side off a back heel pass from his teammate Franco Perez.

The Roos responded in the 45th minute as Vanacore-Decker scored his first Kickers’ goal in City Stadium. Ritchie received the ball from the wings and found Vanacore-Decker in the box with plenty of space to turn behind the defender. He took the shot into the lower right corner of the net past the reach of the keeper.

In the span of 20 games, the Kickers have scored 19 goals in the first half.

Both teams sought the advantage but it finally came for the Roos in the 56th minute. Vinyals found Bentley onside behind the defender who snuck the ball in the perfect spot for Terzaghi to slide it right into the back of the net after being denied in the first half.

The Kickers continued knocking at the door for more as Jonathan Bolanos received the ball from Vinyals, took on the defenders, and took a shot that hit just outside the net just a few minutes after making his return from injury.

In the 64th minute, Ethan Bryant found Ritchie on the wing. Ritchie then crossed the ball into the box, finding Terzaghi in front of the defender who slid to put the ball past the keeper into the goal. This marked the second goal for Terzaghi and Ritchie’s second assist of the night.

Fitzgerald kept Tucson to only one goal in the 67th minute after denying an open shot from Jacob Crull.

Even in stoppage time, the Kickers had two more opportunities in the box almost back-to-back.

In the first minute of stoppage time, Leonardo Baima received the ball from Stephen Payne who then found Luke Pavone at the top of the box but was unlucky with his first touch.

In the second minute, Payne once again found Pavone on the run toward the end line who found Bolanos in the box but his shot went just wide of the net.

The Kickers are back on the road to face Greenville Triumph SC on Saturday, Aug. 13, for a top-of-the-table clash before traveling to Fresno, Calif. to take on Central Valley Fuego on Saturday, Aug. 20.

The Kickers return home on Saturday, Aug. 27 to take on Union Omaha during ’95 Open Cup Anniversary Celebration Night. Kickoff for the match against Union Omaha is set for 6:30 p.m. Tickets are available at richmondkickers.com/tickets.

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

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Kickers at Home Against Tucson After Long Road Trip – Preview

The Kickers hope to keep FC Tucson in the basement while they scramble into first place.

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Opponent: FC Tucson (3 – 9 – 4)
Date/Time: Saturday, August 6th, 6:30 PM
Last Result: Kickers 1 – Northern Colorado 0

Weather Forecast from Weatherbug

This forecast is about as good as it gets in August.

 

Three Things to Kick About

  1. Fighting for First – The Kickers dropped down a bit after two losses and then immediately regained those spots with back-to-back wins. Unlike other seasons the Kickers have been fairly rock steady. Rarely leaving the top 4. This consistency is key and they should be able to keep it up against a last place Tucson.
  2. On the Road Again – The last part of July and early August the Kickers got their fill of travel. They played at home on July 16th but then headed to Fresno on the 23rd. Then it was back to Richmond and a bus trip down to Cary on July 27th. They capped it off by then flying to Colorado to face the Hailstorm on August 6th. Is there a term for worst than jet lag? because I’m sure the team has it right now.
  3. Getting it Down Barely – The Kickers have won the past two games but just by the skin of their teeth. When in Cary on July 27th it was the 90th minute and the Kickers were down 2-1, they stormed back and with two goals and snatched a win. It was one of the most exciting and surprising games I’ve been lucky enough to watch. They followed up that excitement with more heroics in Colorado. The Hailstorm dominated every stat and rarely lost possession. Then in the 32 minute Golden Boot contender Terzaghi blasted a shot from 40 yards into the back of the net. That didn’t change the flow of the game and without Fitzgerald in goal the Kicker would have surely lost.The excitement in Cary shouldn’t be missed.

Prediction

I’m truly worried about this game. The Kickers have missed Jonathan Bolanos who despite missing the last 3? games still leads the league in assists with 7. Not to mention his 3 goals. No word on when he’ll be back but the Kickers are not the same team without him. This combined with the previously mentioned travel makes it a tough match and will test their depth. The Kickers don’t get any real rest either because the next two games are on the road as well. On the plus side Terzaghi is still in the running for Golden Boot with 9 goals and just two behind the leader some dude from Greenville. Bently also seems to have found his form a bit and has notched 5 goals and midfielder Nil Vinyals has 4. The Kickers have offensive depth like no Kickers team I’ve seen. With that being said there is no choice but to go with the home team.

Kickers 3 Tucson 1

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Matt Turner Returns and Brings Arsenal – Photos

Former Richmond Kicker and current Arsenal goalkeeper played a friendly up in Baltimore and we’ve got the pictures to prove it.

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Saturday night, Arsenal beat Everton, 2-0, in a friendly preseason game held at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. It gets glossed over but Arsenal goalkeeper Matt Turner has Richmond roots. Before heading overseas to Arsenal he was plying his trade with the New England Revolution. Prior to that in 2016-2017, he was on loan to the Richmond Kickers. One can only assume (admittedly many will disagree) that these crucial years in Richmond lead to his current success.  At the very least he gave us enough of a connection to get a press pass.

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