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Preview: Hailstorm is Coming to City Stadium

The Kickers are off to a good start this season with a 4 goal win at their home opener and a 1 goal win in the Open Cup on Wednesday.

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Opponent: Northern Colorado Hailstorm FC (0-0-0)
Date/Time: Saturday, April 9, 6:30 PM
Last Result: League 4-0 win over FC Tuscon – NonLeague 1-0 win over NOVA FC

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Three Things to Kick About

  1. The Great Unknown – The Hailstorm is a brand spanking new team so the Kickers won’t have a perfect picture of what to expect. The Hailstorm like the Kickers had an Open Cup this past Wednesday so the team will have 90 minutes of footage to scout the team.
  2. Tired – As mentioned both the Kickers and Hailstorm had games on Wednesday. Coach Sawatzky did an excellent job of rotating players during his Open Cup game with only one player Zaca Moran playing a full 90 on Saturday and Wednesday. The Open Cup was the Hailstorms first game so they had less to manage but also had to travel so we’re considering the tired legs will be spread pretty evenly.
  3. Depth – The Kickers have scored 5 goals in two games which is already an impressive stat. What makes this even more impressive is that has come from 4 different players. Options in attack are always a good thing.

Prediction

The Kickers looked impressive in their home opener. They struggled a little more in the Open Cup game but we’re writing that off to having to move players in and out. Full confidence in the win not so confident in how emphatic it will be.

Kickers 1 – Hailstorm 0

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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.