USL PRO Game Report
Saturday, August 9, 2014
RICHMOND, Va. – First-half goals from George Davis IV and Luke Vercollone were enough to see the Richmond Kickers to a 2-1 victory against the Charlotte Eagles on Saturday night at City Stadium. The victory moved the Kickers within one point of first place Orlando City, and extended Richmond's undefeated streak to 20 games.
Richmond opened with a large portion of the possession, and their first chance arrived on a third-minute miscue by Charlotte defender JJ Greer. Greer gave the ball away to Matthew Delicâte just outside the penalty area, and the Richmond forward was in on goal. Delicâte danced around the goalkeeper, but before he could shoot the ball was poked away by Bilal Duckett.
Richmond broke the deadlock in the 18th minute on Davis IV’s ninth goal of the season. Davis IV received a pass from Alex Lee at the top of the penalty area, and his effort caught keeper Alec Kann flatfooted as he found the right corner of the net.
Charlotte’s only chance of the first half came in the 24th minute when Jorge Herrera found Darren Toby at the top of the penalty area. Toby’s left-footed shot beat Richmond goalkeeper Ryan Taylor, but went ringing off the left post.
Richmond doubled its lead in the 28th minute through Luke Vercollone. Samuel Asante flicked the ball over the head of a defender, before sliding the ball through the defense. Vercollone did the rest, blasting a shot to the right of Kann.
Richmond nearly added their third in the 39th minute. Jason Yeisley centered the ball to Delicâte near the penalty spot. Delicâte turned past Duckett into space, and his left-footed effort drew a highlight reel save from Kann at full extension to his left.
Richmond picked up where it left off with two early chances to start the second half. In the 50th minute, Davis IV’s ball from the right wing found Delicâte just inside the six-yard box. Delicâte’s right-footed volley met the hand of Kann before trickling to the back post. The ball sat on the goal line as Delicâte, and two Charlotte defenders scrambled for the ball before it could be cleared away.
Two minutes later, a Sascha Görres cross from the left flank found the head of William Yomby at the back post but his header was aimed straight at the goalkeeper and saved.
Charlotte cut the deficit in half in the 53rd minute on a goal by Herrera. Fred Seykere’s through-ball from the middle of the attacking half found Herrera making a diagonal run from the right flank. Herrera took one touch before slotting the ball home past Taylor.
Richmond thought it had its third in the 60th minute when Shay Spitz’s diving header found the back of the net. Spitz found himself behind the defense on a Nate Robinson free kick, but was called offside. The Kickers then experienced a scare five minutes on a near own-goal from William Yomby. Herrera found Jon Leathers through the defense who centered the ball in the box. Yomby was first to the ball, but his left food sent the ball in the direction of the goal before Taylor recovered.
Charlotte had their final chance at an equalizer in the 90th minute. Second-half substitute Drew Russell, found an open Tyrone Hall down the right flank. Hall tried to catch Taylor off his line, but his shot dipped just over the bar.
The Kickers return to City Stadium on Saturday night to host the Dayton Dutch Lions and Family Fest, presented by Union First Market Bank and Bounce 2 The Moon. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. ET and admission for the entire family is just $10 before 6:30 p.m. Order tickets in advance at RichmondKickers.com.