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Photos and Game Summary: VUU Wins a Rainy Homecoming

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In the past two meetings with Lincoln, Virginia Union’s defense didn’t allow a point. On Saturday afternoon, the Panthers’ defense pitched its third straight shutout against the Lions.

VUU’s defense logged nine sacks en route to a 32-0 win over the Lions at Willie Lanier Field at Hovey Stadium in the Panthers’ homecoming game.

Though the Panthers had a string of shutout performances against the Lions, it wasn’t an emphasis at practice for coach Alvin Parker.

“We just wanted them to play,” Parker said. “As long as we’re doing what we’re supposed to be doing, the results will come.”

Parker’s message resonated with his defense as it limited Lincoln’s offense to just 56 passing yards, forced a fumble and had an interception.

VUU jumped out to a quick start thanks to its special teams. After holding Lincoln inside its 30-yard line, the Lions punt unit came on and the snap sailed over Achille Laudet’s head. He kicked it through the end zone for a safety.

The next time Laudet attempted a punt, it was another high snap and his kick was blocked by VUU’s Trevon Harrington and recovered inside the 10-yard line. The Panthers took advantage, scoring on a 1-yard rush from Jada Byers.

Byers finished with a team-high 47 rushing yards on 18 carries and the score.

From there, it was all Panthers as they scored 16 points in the first quarter. Then, VUU’s offense stalled, punting on two possessions and Khalid Morris throwing an interception just before halftime.

“(We) Started fast and then in the middle we kind of slowed it down. We can’t really do that,” Parker said. “I thought we had some good plays here and there, but overall I thought there were some things we could do a little bit better.”

Morris left the game in the third quarter after taking a hard shot after a pass. He finished 12 of 28 for 143 yards passing and a touchdown.

Graduate quarterback E’Mond Caldwell replaced Morris and quickly made an impact. Caldwell used his feet early in the drive and barreled through a defender, picking up 12 yards. Later in the drive, he found junior wide receiver Charles Hall for a 33-yard touchdown.

Caldwell had only appeared in 13 career games before Saturday with two career touchdowns.

“He’s been here with me since I arrived,” Parker said. “He’s been practicing with us, waiting for his opportunity. He got his opportunity today and he made something happen with it.”

Caldwell finished 4 of 11 for 89 passing yards and two touchdowns. He added two carries for 17 yards.

On Caldwell’s second touchdown, he connected with Hall again and the receiver outjumped the corner in the end zone for a 34-yard score in the fourth quarter, just one play after VUU defense logged an interception.

Hall was targeted throughout the game but couldn’t haul in several passes. When it mattered in the end zone, the Trenton, New Jersey, native came down with the ball both times.

“Getting him the ball is one thing, when you get it is another,” Parker said. “Everybody saw when the ball gets even close to him, he can make something happen.”

Hall finished the game with a team-high five receptions for 112 yards and two touchdowns.

Lincoln’s Andrew Banks, who replaced Trae Greene at quarterback in the second half, finished 5 of 14 for 38 passing yards. Banks left the game after starting 2 of 7 for 18 yards and being sacked five times. Elijah Snell led the Lions’ rushing attack with 56 yards on 12 carries.

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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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