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PHOTOS & GAME SUMMARY: Kicker Survive a Late, a Really, Really Late Charge to Move on in the Open Cup

Storms meant that a game that should have ended at 9 PM lasted until

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All photos were graciously provided by Jessica Stone Hendricks aka JSH Photo

Richmond Kickers vs Cleveland SC 4-6-23 Photo Credit: JSH Photo

Richmond Kickers vs Cleveland SC 4-6-23 Photo Credit: JSH Photo

Richmond Kickers vs Cleveland SC 4-6-23 Photo Credit: JSH Photo

Richmond Kickers vs Cleveland SC 4-6-23 Photo Credit: JSH Photo

Richmond Kickers vs Cleveland SC 4-6-23 Photo Credit: JSH Photo

Richmond Kickers vs Cleveland SC 4-6-23Photo Credit: JSH Photo

Richmond Kickers vs Cleveland SC 4-6-23Photo Credit: JSH Photo

Richmond Kickers vs Cleveland SC 4-6-23 Photo Credit: JSH Photo

Official Game Summary from USL1

(Richmond Kickers didn’t publish their usual summary.)

Nearly six hours after the scheduled kickoff, the Richmond Kickers were able to stave off a furious Cleveland SC comeback attempt, downing the NPSL side 3-2. The victory saw defending League One MVP Emiliano Terzaghi open his 2023 account as the Kickers secured their 36th all-time victory in the U.S. Open Cup.

Dealing with intermittent weather delays and heavy rain throughout the match, the Richmond Kickers jumped out to a two-goal lead through an Emiliano Terzaghi brace. A 79th-minute Dakota Barnathan goal seemed to seal the victory for the Kickers, now up by three, but Cleveland responded rapidly with a pair of special solo efforts in the 80th and 86th minutes to pull within one. The Richmond defense stood tall through the final four minutes of regulation and four added minutes of stoppage time to advance.

With the Open Cup’s Third Round Draw already completed, the Richmond Kickers will travel to face DMV rival and Major League Soccer club D.C. United for the fourth time in club history. The match will take place on Tuesday, April 25 or Wednesday, April 26 at DCU’s Audi Field.

SCORING SUMMARY

RIC – Terzaghi (Bentley) 31′ – WATCH
RIC – Terzaghi (Vinyals) 59′ – WATCH
RIC – Barnathan (Terzaghi) 79′ – WATCH
CLE – Beck 80′ – WATCH
CLE – Harter 86′ – WATCH

Other Notes: The game featured mainly starters but is notable for giving newcomer Beckett Howell his professional debut for the Richmond Kickers. The storms made for extremely soggy conditions but about 50 fans toughed it out and enjoyed the victory.

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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.