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PHOTOS & GAME SUMMARY: Kickers Steamroll Defending Champs Omaha

In front of a record-breaking crowd of 4,886 the Kickers defeated Union Omaha 3-0.

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OFFICIAL KICKERS SUMMARY

RICHMOND KICKERS

     3

20′ Bolanos, 70′ Terzaghi (Bolanos), 76′ Terzaghi (Bolanos)

UNION OMAHA

     0

The Richmond Kickers (11-7-5, 38 pts) moved back into first place in USL League One as they defeated Union Omaha (8-3-10, 34 pts) with a 3-0 shutout in front of the largest crowd this season of 4,886 attendees. Jonathan Bolanos tallied one goal and two assists and Emiliano Terzaghi scored two goals in the second half.

In just the second minute of the match, the Kickers were presented with an opportunity with a set piece after Terzaghi was taken down just outside the box. Nil Vinyals bent his free kick over the wall but it went just outside the net not far from the near post of the goal.

In the 20th minute, Bolanos took the ball down the line and found Ethan Bryant who took a one-touch shot on goal. Rashid Nuhu made the initial save, but Bolanos made the follow-up run and put the ball in the back of the net giving the Kickers the lead.

The Kickers looked for more and in the 32nd minute, Bolanos made a back heel pass to Stuart Ritchie who took the shot going across the mouth of the goal.

The second half started off strong with an opportunity in the 49th minute, as Terzaghi received the ball past midfield, dribbled up the field, and took a shot, going just wide of goal.

In the 64th minute, Ethan Vanacore-Decker received the ball after a poor header from the Omaha defender and dribbled the ball into the box past the defense for a one-on-one with Nuhu, however, the keeper was able to make the save.

Terzaghi was then able to capitalize on two goal opportunities within five minutes of each other.

In the 70th minute, the Kickers earned a free kick which was taken by Vinyals. The ball found Bolanos on the near-post run, and he was able to pass the ball behind him to a crashing Terzaghi who put the ball into the back of the net at the near post.

Bolanos and Terzaghi connected once more in the 75th minute. Owayne Gordon found Bolanos in a wide open space in the middle of the field. Bolanos then took the ball towards the goalmouth and kept it away from his marker. Bolanos drew the keeper out and found Terzaghi sitting at the top of the box wide open to take a shot for his second of the night.

The Roos were up 3-0 and kept looking for more towards the end of the match.

The final opportunity came in the 90th minute. Bolanos dribbled the ball into the middle and found Gordon just wide of him. Gordon cut back to lose the defender, then took the shot which was deflected off the Omaha defender. Vinyals crashed onto the deflection but his shot went just over the crossbar.

The win marked the largest margin of victory in the series for either team and was also Omaha’s largest-ever defeat in league play since joining in 2020. Terzaghi and Bolanos extended their leads as the league’s leading scorer and assister, respectively. Terzaghi is now ahead by three goals in the golden boot race with 14 goals scored and Bolanos has two more assists than second-place with 9 assists.

The Kickers finish their current homestand on Wednesday, Sept. 7th when they host South Georgia Tormenta FC. Kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m. A special in-stadium will begin when doors open at 5 p.m. and last until kickoff at 6:30 p.m. that includes $3 cans of Heineken and $8 wine. Tickets for the match are available at richmondkickers.com/tickets.

Stay up to date with the latest news from the Kickers at RichmondKickers.com and on the official team app.

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