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Preview: Kickers Looking for a Win on Saturday

A third of a way through the season and the Kickers are still trying to find their stride. Fortunately there is plenty of time to get across the playoff line.

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Opponent: Northern Colorado Hailstorm FC (2-2-2)
Date/Time: Saturday, June 22nd, 7PM
Last Result: 1-1 Draw at Central Valley Fuego
Up Next: Home vs Lionsbridge, Wednesday, June 26th 7:00 PM – Friendly

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Three Things to Kick About

  1. Hot – Just look at the temperatures above. Heat index in the low 100s. It’s not going to be pleasant. If going to the game hydrate and say a cooling prayer for the players. Hoping they’re not wearing their new black kit.
  2. Emi – In the past two game Emi has come in as a sub. He’s not been the savior of our scoring woes that I’ve hoped for. The Kickers continue to struggle to get the ball in the net and oddly enough that means that they continue to not win games.
  3. Billhardt – Adrian Billhardt is a new player to the Kickers and has impressed from the moment he stepped on the field in preseason. He has a legitimate shot at the Golden Boot and has 4 goals so far this season. Current Golden Boot leader is Lyam MacKinnon of Greenville with 7. My theory is that once Emi is a starter he’s going to draw attention from Billhardt allowing him to rack up some more goals.

Prediction

My optimism meter is low. Colorado is one of four teams that sit below us on the table. That stat is misleading. They have one less point the Kickers but have played 3 less games. In 9 games the Kickers are averaging 1 point per game out of a possible 3. The Hailstorm are averaging 1.3 which admittedly isn’t that dramatic but had they played the same number of games as the Kicker they’d be sitting in 5th place. Then there is form. The Kickers are coming off a draw against the worst (by a large margin) team in the league after being up a goal. The Hailstorm have won two in a row against teams much higher on the table. Now that I’ve got that negativity out of the way there is reason to hope. The Kickers as a team lead the Hailstorm in nearly every major category including Goal Conversion – Kickers 15% Hailstorm 9%,  Shots – Kickers 108 Hailstorm 89,  and Passing Accuracy Kickers 80% Hailstorm 77%. The Kickers have yet to get a clean sheet in League play and Colorado has one.  The Kickers are leading the entire league in Fouls Conceded at 137 so we’ve got that going for us. Where does lead us? If Emi starts I think we win. If Emi comes on when were tied or behind I think  the best we can hope for is a draw. Ultimately, nothing I saw last week from the Kickers inspired me to give them the nod.

Kickers – 0
Colorado – 2

 

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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.