The short story: Redshirt senior forward Lyndsey Gutzmer scored off a cross from redshirt senior forward Samantha Jerabek to push the Rams past reigning Atlantic 10 champions Saint Louis, VCU’s fourth straight conference win.
- After bagging two assists last time out in a 4-1 win at George Mason, Gutzmer’s goal was her first of the year and eighth of her career.
- Jerabek’s assist was her team-high fourth of the season and 17th of her career, which also gives her a team-high 10 points on the year.
- Four straight wins is VCU’s best start to A-10 play since 2018, when the Rams won their first five conference matches.
- Redshirt senior goalkeeper Grace Young made four saves to preserve her fourth shutout of the season, a career high.
- VCU held a 58%-42% advantage in possession, while outshooting the Billikens 14-11.
- The Rams sit alone at the top of the A-10 standings with a 4-0-0 conference record and 12 points.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Gutzmer drew a foul in the box in the 17th minute, but Saint Louis’s Emily Puricelli dove fully extended to stop Emma Kershner’s penalty that was headed for the bottom corner.
- In the 19th minute, Young came off her line to punch out a corner kick, then dove again to push the ball over the bar when the Billikens sent the rebound on goal.
- Senior defender Amber DiOrio headed a corner kick just wide of the goal in the 26th minute.
- Jerabek and junior midfielder Anna Bagley combined nicely along the left wing in the 38th minute, setting up Bagley to take a low-flying shot that was saved at the near post.
- Three minutes later, freshman forward Kanna Matsuhisa took a deft turn at midfield to shield off a defender, then took off into open space in the attacking third. She cut inside a Billiken defender, then ripped a left-footed shot that was saved at the bottom corner.
- As play got spread out in the second half, sophomore defender Natalia Santangelo made an excellent defensive play in the 71st minute, sprinting back to clear away a ball that had squirted past Young in a collision with an oncoming Saint Louis attacker.
- The 74th minute saw VCU put home the lone goal of the match. As Jerabek dribbled down the left wing, she cut quickly and floated a ball to the back post, where Gutzmer had gotten past her mark and one-touched a finish into the side netting.
- Graduate forward Bri Kropinack took a great turn in the 80th minute, charging into open space and crossing for Jerabek, who got her shot blocked.
- The Rams held strong defensively as Saint Louis pushed for an equalizer, holding the Billikens without a shot on goal after the VCU score.
The Rams continue A-10 play Sunday, Oct. 3 with a road match at Massachusetts at 1 p.m. in Amherst, Mass.
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.
Official Kickers Game Summary
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.
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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
Referee: John Matto
Assistant Referee: Jeffrey Skinker, William Aten
Fourth Official: Andrew Charron
Weather: Windy, 72 ºF
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.
Official VCU Game Summary
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.
- 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 Santangelo, Amber DiOrio, Lana Golob, Samantha 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.
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+.
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.
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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.