The last time that the Richmond Kickers scored more than one goal in a game, it was against these same Wilmington Hammerheads in City Stadium, with two goals scored in extra time. Since then, the Kickers have just one goal per game, but were able to win two and tie one. With a new defensive combination in this match, one featuring D.C. United’s Ethan White, the Kickers looked a little shaky. White has featured in only one competitive match this year, the US Open Cup game against the Kickers, and it showed. In one mental lapse, White was caught in possession 40 yards from goal and got his pocket picked, leading to a break that Jason Yeisley had to step in and fix. He is better than this and hopefully with one game under his belt, his communication will improve and he will show what he can do against Charlotte.
In the first half, Richmond was able to start the scoring early. Sascha Goerres fed Christopher Agorsor at the top of the 18, and Agorsor was able to beat his man and chip the ball home. Eight minutes later, however, Corey Hertzog (on loan from New York Red Bulls) whipped a long throw-in into box; Andriy Budnyy was able to rise above everyone else and nod the ball home. Ronnie Pascale had no chance on the header, which needed to be headed away. 15 minutes after that, the Kickers were called for a handball in the box and Corey Hertzog put home the penalty.
In the second half, Richmond was able to stay on the front foot, keeping the majority of the possession, but were unable to break down Alex Horwath. Robert Fogelsong and Luke Vercollone combined well down the right side to whip in crosses; when they were taken out, Stanley Nyazamba stepped up to provide that service. The Kickers forced four saves, but were unable to get one past Horwath.
It was good to see Yomby William make another appearance, even if it was only in the 88th minute. Hopefully he will be pushing for a starting spot come next week’s home game, after Ethan White heads back to the District; Henry Kalungi’s return would also be welcome. Before all of that, the Kickers take on the Charlotte Eagles, who are only three points from the bottom of the table. Three points would put the Kickers back on the right track. There is no video for tonight’s game, so I’ll try to cobble together something from Twitter and other video. See you tonight in the game thread!