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Kickers Dig Deep to Draw Against the Hailstorm – Photos and Game Summary

It was a very physical game with 9 yellow cards dished out. The draw extends the Kickers unbeaten at home streak to 15.

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Official Kickers Game Summary

The Richmond Kickers (1-0-1) extended their unbeaten streak at City Stadium to 15 straight games dating back to May 2021 after the Roos earned a 1-1 draw against USL League One newcomers, Northern Colorado Hailstorm FC (0-0-1), Saturday night.

Emiliano Terzaghi delivered a second-half equalizer in the 55th minute from an assist off Jalen Crisler to guarantee a point for the Roos. The equalizer marked Terzaghi’s 30th goal for the club since joining prior to the beginning of the 2020 season.

Hailstorm made their debut as a USL League One club at City Stadium which provided Richmond an extra challenge of feeling out the new guys. The match started physically from the out with both teams creating chances on either end.

But it was the visitors that would strike first.

In the 37th minute, Jerry Desdunes cut towards the box before laying the ball off to Denso Ulysse on the left wing. The former Kicker lofted a cross into the box that drifted to Ethan Vanacore-Decker who made a quality touch off balance. Vanacore-Decker quickly gathered the ball and hit a fadeaway shot into the left side of the net to give the visitors the lead.

Terzaghi nearly converted on quality chances late in the first half but the scoreline remained in favor of the visitors at the break.

The Kickers came out on the front foot in search of the equalizer and it came off a set piece in the 55th minute. After the ball went out of bounds parallel with the top of the 18-yard-box, Nathan Aune played a long throw-in towards the box and to the waiting head of Crisler. The centerback deftly flicked the ball to the center of the box where Terzaghi rose into the air and powered a header into the back of the net.

The Argentine talisman immediately ran to the Red Army, pumping his fists, and embraced the supporters to celebrate what would be a point-securing strike.

While the match finished out as a draw, it capped off a tough week that saw the Roos play three matches in seven days. Following two wins and a draw, the guys will enjoy some much-deserved rest before embarking on their first road trip of the USL League One season.

The Kickers return to league play on Saturday, April 16 to face Chattanooga Red Wolves down in Tennessee. The match kicks off at 7 p.m. Kickers fans are invited to join the team’s official watch party at Gus’ Bar and Grill to cheer on the Roos.

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

Northern Colorado

1

0

1

LINEUPS

Richmond: Akira Fitzgerald, Stuart Ritchie, Nathan Aune, Jalen Crisler, Stephen Payne, Zaca Moran (Vincenzo Candela 70’), Dakota Barnathan, Nil Vinyals, Matt Bolduc (70’ Leonardo Baima), Emiliano Terzaghi, Matthew Bentley (87’ David Olsen)

Unused Substitutes: Will Palmquist, Chris Cole, Simon Fitch, Chandler O’Dwyer

Northern Colorado: Danny Faundez, Denso Ulysse, Leo Folla, Brecc Evans, Owen Damm, Arthur Rogers, Danny Robles (86’ Destan Norman), Jerry Desdunes, Ethan Vanacore-Decker (62’ Marky Hernandez), Lachlan McLean (75’ Stefan Lukic), Irvin Parra

Unused Substitutes: Trevor Amann, Ciaran Winters

STATISTICS

Shots

Saves

Fouls

Corners

Richmond

10

6

17

3

Northern Colorado

19

4

14

2

SCORING SUMMARY

NCO – 37′ – Vanacore-Decker (Ulysse)
RIC – 55′ – Terzaghi (Crisler)

CAUTIONS SUMMARY

11’

16’

23’

45’

51’

59’

62’

78’

88’

RIC

NCO

NCO

NCO

RIC

NCO

RIC

RIC

NCO

Moran

Damm

Folla

Bench

Aune

Ulysse

Bolduc

Terzaghi

Desdunes

EJECTIONS SUMMARY
None

MATCH INFORMATION

Referee: Matt Franz
Assistant Referee: Robert Cordrey, Alexandru Focea
Fourth Official: John Matto
Attendance: 2771
Weather: Cloudy, 59 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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PREVIEW: Kickers Face Playoff Nemesis Chattanooga

Revenge is a dish best served at City Stadium. Chattanooga knocked the Kickers out of the playoffs last year and the Kickers are looking for payback.

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Opponent:  Chattanooga (2-5-2)
Date/Time: Saturday, June 3rd, 7:00 PM
Last Result: Kickers 1 – Tormenta 1

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Three Things to Kick About

  1. Vinyals Returns – Nil Vinyals came off the bench last Saturday so barring a training setback he should be in the starting lineup. With the midfielder back in action expect the midfield to look better and hopefully more in control of the ball. In theory that control should lead to more transition into attack and more goals.
  2. Everyone Scores – So far this year seven different Kickers have scored, with midfielder João Silva leading the pack with 3. The latest goal was a beautiful Olympico but Sukow that must be seen to be believed. Don’t whine at me that it was a cross. It goes into the books as a goal and will be celebrated as such. So far 8 goals have been produced by the midfielders and defenders. Meanwhile our forwards, you know the guys paid to put the ball in the net have racked up 4 goals.
  3. Hot Ticket – It does my jaded heart good to see the amount of support in the stands the team is getting this year. Every game so far has had over 5,000 in attendance. This is well over the 3,500 or so we averaged last year. I’m not sure what switch flipped in the community but I’m glad to see it happen. The drawback is longer lines for food and drink but the Kickers are addressing that with more trucks. If you’re looking for a drink don’t forget there are multiple beer stations you don’t have to go straight for the building in the center of the concourse.

Prediction

The Kickers had a tremendous season last year until their first playoff game. In that game, despite being a man up for the majority of the game they ended up losing to Chattanooga by a goal. The fans, coaches and certainly the players remember the night a little too well. A win would have meant hosting the Championship Game in City Stadium, instead, it ended with a crushing defeat. Revenge will be on everyone’s mind and Chattanooga is not having a great season. The Red Wolves sit in second to last place and have a -8 goal differential. If ever there was a time for the Kickers to rack up some goals and get their scoring mojo flowing this is it. I predict it will happen.

Kickers 3 – Chattanooga 0

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PHOTOS & GAME SUMMARY: Kickers Back On Track With Win Over Lexington

An action filled second half made for a tense final minutes but Kickers held on for the win and three needed points.

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RICHMOND KICKERS: 2 60′ Belmar (Gordon), 76′ Gomiero (Mecham)
LEXINGTON SC: 1 90+3′ Smart (penalty)

The Richmond Kickers’ (3-2-4, 13 pts) earned a 2-1 win in front of 5,252 fans in their first-ever matchup with league debutants, Lexington SC (2-5-1, 7 pts), Saturday night as the Roos tentatively vaulted into third place in USL League One.

Kharlton Belmar and João Gomiero each scored their first goals at home to reward RVA for their continued support in making City Stadium the most-attended venue in the league.

Richmond and Lexington locked horns in a competitive first half as both keepers put together strong performances between the pipes, stifling dangerous chances and keeping the score locked at zeroes at the break.

The Kickers powered forward on the momentum of their first-half performance and found their first goal in the 60th minute.

Richmond progressed the ball into Lexington’s penalty area, but the visitors forced a turnover. However, they failed to clear the ball out as Justin Sukow raced to keep the ball alive with a slide and pass out wide to Owayne Gordon.

The winger took on his defender, bouncing outside before cutting the ball back across the six-yard box. Belmar pounced on the opportunity and powered a low-driven shot into the net as the keeper was left ball-watching.

Richmond struck for the eventual game-winner 16 minutes later.

Sukow was the catalyst again as he lofted a ball from midfield up the right wing for Jake Mecham who was timing a forward run perfectly, shedding his defender. With acres of space, Mecham ran onto the ball near the backline and cut the ball back toward the penalty spot as Gomiero perfectly timed his run into the box and one-timed a curling ball away from the keeper and right inside of the far post.

The goal marked Gomiero’s third of the week after he scored his first goals as a member of the Kickers on the road at North Carolina FC on Wednesday night. Mecham’s assist was his first as a professional.

Lexington had the opportunity to cut Richmond’s lead late after drawing a penalty in the third minute of eight allotted minutes for stoppage.

After Akira Fitzgerald deflected a Lexington attempt on the goal with a kick save, Lexington’s Nico Brown was running toward the ball with his back toward goal. Gomiero appeared to get to the ball first as his leg collided with Brown’s, but it was determined as Brown went to ground that the contact was enough for a penalty kick.

Veteran attacker Don Smart stepped up and hit a low shot to the left. Fitzgerald dove in the correct direction, but the shot had just enough pace on it to beat his reaching hand and end up in the back of the net.

The win at City Stadium proved cathartic as the Kickers celebrated their first league victory at home. Richmond dominated the stats outshooting Lexington 17-13, making six more final third entries, and earning four more corners. And the night ended with hundreds of fans crowding the front of the seating bowl as the Kickers signed autographs a long while after the final whistle rang out in the stadium.

The Kickers are back on the road next week to face reigning USL League One Champs, South Georgia Tormenta FC on Saturday, May 27th. Kickoff for the match is set for 7:30 p.m. The Kickers will host an official watch party at the Ardent Barrel Room.

The Kickers then return home on Saturday, June 3rd to host Chattanooga Red Wolves SC during Military Appreciation Night presented by Tech For Troops. The doors at City Stadium are set to open at 5:45 p.m. ahead of the 7 p.m. kickoff. Tickets are available at richmondkickers.com/tickets.

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Game Preview: Kickers Cap Busy Week With Home Game

Kickers are on pace to break all sorts of attendance records this year but need to start getting some wins to keep that momentum.

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Opponent:  Lexington (2-4-1)
Date/Time: Saturday, May 19th, 7:00 PM
Last Result: Kickers 2 – NCFC 3

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Three Things to Kick About

  1. Rebound – On Wednesday the team was in Cary, North Carolina taking on the league leaders NCFC. The first half was all Kickers and they had a two goal lead going into the locker room. The second half things took a disastrous turn. Three unanswered goals later and the Kickers left the field with a loss. I was down there and can say the mood of the players and coaches after that game was about as low as I’ve seen. This game will be an excellent chance to wash that bad feeling away and get back on track.
  2. Shallow – The game on Wednesday pointed to exactly how shallow our depth is on the Kickers. Three starters were out with injury and the Kickers had academy kids on the bench. This is more than an Achilles’ heel for this team more of an Achilles’ torso. Hopefully, on Saturday Vinyals will return to the mid-field.
  3. Terzaghi – It’s only a rumor since the Kickers keep information on lockdown but word in the stands was that last year’s scoring juggernaut was out with an injury. Although Terzaghi is struggling to find the back of the net he’s still a vital part of the Kickers offense and his injury adds to the team’s issues.

Prediction

This is the first time ever that the Kickers will face Lexington. I went into this saying this should be an easy win for the Kicker because after all the new guys are below us in the standings. On closer inspection, I learned that both teams sit on only 2 wins. The Kickers only saving grace is a game in hand and 4 draws. The Kickers goal differential sits at -1 while Lexington is at -4 so not a massive difference there either. My prediction is based on both Vinyals and Terzaghi returning to the line-up of which I have no evidence. I definitive win is needed for the players and the fans.

Kickers 2 
Lexington 0

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