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UofR Beats VCU in Friday Night A10 Matchup – Photos and Game Summary

The win was Richmond’s first over VCU in an A-10 Tournament and advanced the Spiders to the Atlantic 10 Championship semifinals.

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Official UofR Game Summary

Behind a record-breaking night from Jacob Gilyard, the sixth-seeded Richmond Spiders defeated the third-seeded VCU Rams, 75-64, Friday night at Capital One Arena to advance to the Atlantic 10 Championship semifinals.

The Spiders advance to the A-10 semifinals for the sixth time and the first time since 2017, and will face No. 2 seed Dayton Saturday at 3:30 p.m. on CBS Sports Network.

“I’m really proud of our guys. We played physically and with tremendous energy and passion,” said head coach Chris Mooney. “I thought our defense was terrific. We forced turnovers, came up with lose balls, and rebounded the ball. Obviously, Jacob [Gilyard] was incredible and that was one of the great performances by a Richmond guard. I’m really proud of our guys and looking forward to tomorrow’s game.”

Gilyard paced all scorers in the game with a career-high 32 points, which set the Richmond record for points scored in an A-10 tournament game, previously held by Darien Brothers (31 points, 2012). With his second steal of the night, Gilyard also broke his own school record of steals in a single season. He finished his night with four steals for a current season-total of 102.

Additionally, with seven triples on the night, Gilyard tied the Richmond record for 3-pointers in a single season, with 85. He shot 7-of-12 beyond the arc and 9-of-17 from the field alongside a perfect 7-of-7 from the charity stripe.

After trailing by as many as six in the first half, a pullup triple from Gilyard at 8:11 narrowed the gap to one point, at 17-16. He would later post eight straight points as part of a 10-0 Richmond run to give the Spiders a 31-24 lead at 2:29 in the first half. The lead reached 10 points on another Gilyard trey in the closing minute of the half. The Spiders would never trail again in the game.

VCU opened the second half on a 9-1 run to even the score at 38-38, but Gilyard immediately answered with a 3-pointer that sparked a 7-0 run to push Richmond’s lead back out to 45-38. The lead reached as high as 14 points at 63-49 with 4:33 left in the game, and the Spiders took advantage of trips to the line down the stretch, hitting nine free throws in the last minute.

Tyler Burton posted 14 points and led the Spiders on the glass with eight rebounds, while Nathan Cayo and Andre Gustavson rounded out the Spiders in double figures with 11 and 10 points, respectively.

The win was Richmond’s first over VCU in an A-10 Tournament. The Spiders entered the night 0-3 all-time vs the Rams at the A-10 Men’s Basketball Championship.

Official VCU Game Summary

Score: No. 6 Richmond 75, No. 3 VCU 64
Location: Washington, D.C. (Capital One Arena)
Records: VCU 21-9, Richmond 21-12
Schedule Note: Atlantic 10 Quarterfinals

The short story: VCU and Richmond were tied at 38-38 early in the second half before the Spiders built a 14-point lead that the Rams were unable to overcome.

OPENING TIP

  • Senior forward Vince Williams Jr. scored a team-high 18 points and grabbed nine rebounds
  • KeShawn Curry had 14 points and five rebounds, shooting an efficient 5-of-8 from the field
  • Ace Baldwin Jr. was the third Ram in double figures with 12 points and a team-high seven assists
  • The Rams shot 49 percent from the floor while the Spiders shot 43 percent
  • Jacob Gilyard scored 32 points and shot 7-of-12 from 3-point range

THE DIFFERENCE

  • Richmond went 26-of-32 at the free throw line while the Rams shot just 6-of-9. The Spiders were 20-of-23 from the charity strip in the second half while VCU was 4-of-7
  • The Spiders shot 47 percent (9-of-19) from 3-point range, the highest shooting percentage by a VCU opponent this season. VCU shot just 8-of-22 from behind the arc
  • VCU and Richmond battled back-and-forth early and the Rams held a 24-21 lead with 4:55 before halftime after a Levi Stockard jumper
  • The Spiders responded with a 16-3 run to go up 37-27 and led the Rams 37-29 at the half wi
  • VCU started the second half on a 9-1 run and tied the game 38-38 on a Williams 3-pointer with 16:30 remaining
  • The Spiders pushed their lead to 63-49 with 4:33 left before a late VCU rally cut it to 66-61 with 1:09 left. The Rams were unable to get any closer in the loss

NOTABLE

  • Williams reached double figures in scoring for the 20th time this season and 41st time in his career
  • VCU is now 15-8 all-time in the Atlantic 10 Tournament

NEXT UP
VCU awaits its postseason fate on Sunday evening.

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Preview: Kickers Finish Busy Week by Facing USL Champs Omaha

Let’s not dwell on Wednesday’s game instead all attention is turned to the USL season.

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Opponent: Union Omaha (1 – 1 – 2)
Date/Time: Saturday, May 14th, 6:30 PM
Last Result: Kickers 0 Forward Madison 1

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Second weekend in a row where we say bleck.

Three Things to Kick About

  1. Vengeance Shall Be Mine – The Kicker had their teeth kicked in on Wednesday. An important game that they were totally in got away from them and ended not just in defeat but in a drubbing. Professional athletes do not like to lose. The team will come out with a massive chip on their shoulder. This chip is enlarged because not only are the Union Omaha the reigning champs they also advanced in the Open Cup on the same night the Kickers went down.
  2. Weather – Richmond fans are notoriously wimpy when it comes to rainy weather. Attendance will probably hit a season-low on Saturday. The weather isn’t the only cause. This will be the third game in a week and some suffer soccer burnout. Counterpoint the players and staff absolutely love each and every person that braves a little bad weather to support the home team. These guys put their bodies and hearts on the line every week the least we can do is get a little wet in support.
  3. Zaca – Zaca Moran is one of the unsung heroes of the Richmond Kickers. He’s not flashy, defenders rarely are, but he digs in and get the work done. Sometimes he plays an enforcer role but he is always quietly and efficiently doing his job. Currently, he leads the team in tackles. This past Wednesday though he was the Kicker that stepped forward and scored against MLS side Charlotte FC. He couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy.

Prediction

I’m not keeping track of predictions this year because my ego is too fragile but I do know the past two have been stunningly wrong. I’m hoping to get back on track this game. For both Omaha and the Kickers this is the third game in seven days. Omaha and Kickers both played at home on Wednesday but Omaha has to come here so advantage Richmond. Omaha sits in 8th in the table and Richmond 5th, advantage Richmond again, grain of salt reality check Omaha has played one less game. Omaha won the league last year and as a result, many players moved on to other teams, while the Kicker have a strong core and very little change in starters. Lastly, if you throw out the Open Cup the Kickers have only lost in City Stadium twice in recent history both to own goals. City Stadium has been very good to the team the trend will continue or rather reignite tomorrow.

Kickers 2 – Union Omaha 0

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Kickers Open Cup Ends with Loss to Charlotte FC – Photos and Game Summary

The Kicker kept it close for nearly 60 minutes but momentum shifted and the home side lost 5-1.

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The Richmond Kickers set a new attendance record post-COVID as 4,612 fans filled the stands during the 2022 Open Cup Round of 32 against MLS side, Charlotte FC which ended with the visitors earning a 5-1 result.

The Kickers nearly drew first blood with a header from Matthew Bentley in the 29th minute. Emiliano Terzaghi played the role of creator on the left wing as he lifted a cross to the Brit. Bentley deftly flicked the shot on target with his head, forcing a diving save from the Charlotte keeper.

Despite momentum favoring the Kickers, the visitors broke the stalemate in the 33rd minute. Charlotte forward Daniel Rios fired a shot from inside the box that was saved by Akira Fitzgerald with a deflection. However, the deflection fell to teammate Yordy Reyna who passed the ball back into the box and Rios guided it into the net.

By halftime, Richmond had totaled six shots with two shots on goal but Charlotte held serve in the scoreline.

The Kickers came out of the dressing room firing to start the second half. Soon after, Zaca Moran scored his first goal in front of the City Stadium crowd with an equalizer in the 52nd minute. Leonardo Baima combined with Vincenzo Candela on a one-two, deep on the left wing, before Baima crossed the ball to the back post to Stephen Payne. Payne squared the ball back towards the middle of the box as Moran charged in and fired a shot that beat the keeper and hit the net.

The magic of a possible cupset started to dissipate as Charlotte responded quickly with a goal in transition that involved a controversial restart of play in the 54th minute. Charlotte found two more goals by the 61st minute as the Kickers opened up in an attempt to chase the game.

Owayne Gordon made his debut tonight for the Kickers, coming in as a substitute in the 63rd minute and had a breakaway in the 80th minute, taking the ball from midfield and dribbling past three defenders before taking the shot, which was saved by George Marks. The new Roo flashed his tenacity and agility by tracking back across the field to shut down another attacking chance from Charlotte.

The Kickers had one last great chance in front of goal as Nil Vinyals took a free kick in the 89th minute. The final shot by a Kicker curled dangerously over the Charlotte wall and beat the keeper, but the shot had too much English and hit the wrong side of the woodwork.

In total, the Kickers were unlucky not to score more as they outshot Charlotte 17 to 13 while placing six shots on goal. The Kickers finished with a 1.59 xG only just behind Charlotte’s 1.96.

The Kickers stay at home for one final match of their three-match homestand. The Roos host defending USL League One Champions, Union Omaha, on Saturday, May 14th on First Responders Night. Kickoff for the match is set for 6:30 p.m.

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Kickers Look to Dethrone Queen City aka Charlotte FC in Open Cup – Preview

An MLS team is playing in City for the first time in about 6 years.

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What is the Open Cup? – Technically, The Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup is a knockout cup competition in men’s American soccer. It is the oldest ongoing national soccer competition in the United States. What makes it exciting is that it pits teams from all levels of U.S. soccer against each other. Amateur teams if they make far enough could end up facing top-level (MLS) professional teams. MLS teams have dominated the competition since the league began play in 1996. No lower division team has won the U.S. Open Cup since the Rochester Rhinos in 1999, and none have reached the final since the Charleston Battery in 2008. Our very own Richmond Kickers won the Open Cup in 1995 and in 2011 the Kickers went on the road and beat two MLS Teams the Columbus Crew and Sporting KC. They fell to the Chicago Fire in the semi-final.

1995 Open Cup Winners Richmond Kickers

Opponent: MLS team Charlotte FC (Beat USL1 Greenville Triumph in Penalty Kicks to advance)
Date/Time: Wednesday, May 10th, 6:30 PM
Last Result: Kickers beat North Carolina Fusion under 23 team of United Soccer League 2 1-0

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Four Things to Kick About

  1. Destiny – The last time the Kickers won the Open Cup we had a fellow by the name of Jeff Causey on the team. This year we have this fellow’s son Austin Causey on the team. Coincidence, I think not. Both and Jeff are goalkeepers. Will we see Austin in goal tomorrow? I’m beating not but I’m a notoriously bad bettor. Read about that 1995 Kickers Open Cup win here. Yes, this is a repeat from the last Open Cup preview. Still true.
  2. Queen City – This is Charlotte FC first season as a professional soccer team. This means the team hasn’t been in the Open Cup before. We’ll mark that as a slight advantage. They currently sit in 8th in the table out of 14 teams. So they’re definitely not a weak team. They’ve scored 10 goals in 11 games and have a -1 goal differential so they’re also not an offensive powerhouse. This was brought to light in their previous Open Cup that was forced to go to penalty kicks. The players to watch out for include, forward Karol Swiderski who has netted 4 goals so far this season, and midfielder B. Bender who has 3 assists so far.
  3. Nothing to Lose – The Kickers are without a doubt the underdog. Many of the Kickers someday hope to play in the MLS. This chance to play against the top league in the US is an opportunity for these players to show off their skills. I expect they’ll leave it all on the field and play with a passion that we haven’t seen yet. Yes, I expect them to crank it to 11.
  4. Midnight Cookie – The Ukrops name is on the front of the jersey and yesterday the Kickers released a new jersey the Midnight Cookie that puts the so very Richmond/Ukrops Rainbow Cookie front and center. The team will be debuting this new jerseys during the Open Cup. The power of the Rainbow Cookie could be just enough for the win.

Prediction

Anything can happen. If Charlotte comes out flat at all the Kickers need to pounce on that laziness and punish with a quick goal. The longer the game goes on the tougher it’s going to be for the home side. The MLS squad has single players with larger salaries than all of the Kickers combined so it’s going to be tough. In my dream scenario what happens is that Charlotte is so focused on stopping the obvious and well-publicized threat Terzaghi that it leaves the door open for players like Bently to nab a goal. Our defense is stout and should be able to keep us in the game, scoring will need to happen. Will it be enough? I’m doubtful but also refuse to count this team out.

Kickers win in Penalty Kicks after a 1-1 draw.

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