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Kickers Advanced Past Baltimore 1-0 with 119th Minute Game-Winner

GAME SUMMARY: U.S. Open Cup First Round

Tuesday, June 15, 2010    Richmond City Stadium
Richmond Kickers              1 (Delicâte 119)   
Crystal Palace Baltimore   0

RICHMOND, VA – (Tuesday, June 15, 2010) – The Richmond Kickers advanced to the Second Round of the U.S. Open Cup after a last minute, overtime tally by forward Matthew Delicâte catapulted the Kickers over Crystal Palace Baltimore in Round One Tuesday.  After an excruciating scoreless draw through regulation, the former rivals saw several chances narrowly miss the target during the two overtime periods.  It was not until the 119th minute that the ice was broken, paving the U.S. Open Cup path for the Kickers to a Second Round match-up against the Real Maryland Monarchs on Tuesday, June 22nd.

The Kickers applied pressure early and often with their best chances coming between the 10th and 20th minutes.  The first scoring opportunity of the night occurred in the 13th minute when Kickers midfielder Sascha Görres curled a ball from the right side into the box.  Delicâte got a piece of it with his head but his attempt sailed straight into goalkeeper Evan Bush’s hands. 

Two minutes later, Kickers forward Edson Elcock delivered a smooth cross from the left side but Jonathan Villanueva missed the far corner by inches.

With the Kickers on the attack, Bush was challenged again, this time when a quick combination in front of the box found Mike Burke slot the ball through to Delicâte but his own shot from eight yards out was smothered by the eager goalkeeper. 

The home side looked dangerous again as the first half came to a close.  Delicâte received the ball in the corner of the penalty box in the 42nd minute and was able to lay it off to an onrushing Görres but his missile-strike was deflected away from the target.

The second half opened with the same momentum when Burke lined up a free kick from 25 yards.  Bending the ball over the defensive wall, it was heroically saved by Bush’s fingertips, only to sail out of bounds for a corner. 

Later, in the 54th minute, defender Dave Hertel launched a dangerous cross from the right side.  Elcock was able to out-jump his opponent but his header glanced inches from the far post.

The deadlock seemed destined to be broken during regulation when Elcock carried the ball deep down the left side in the 89th minute.  His well-timed cross was barely missed by Delicâte but the clearance fell to Burke at the top of the box.  Eluding two defenders with a fake shot, he slipped a free ball through the chaos from 15 yards but a Palace defender leapt into action to clear it off the line, subjecting the teams to a full 30 minutes of overtime.

After an uneventful first overtime stage, the second period began with an explosive chance for the Kickers.  Midfielder Neil Barlow swung the ball into the mix from the right side.  Palace defender Stephen Basso attempted to clear the ball but instead redirected it as his own goal where the ball rattled the crossbar before the Palace defense could clean up the area.
The best chance for Palace transpired in the 113th minute when defender Korey Veeder played a long ball into the box.  Goalkeeper Ronnie Pascale’s punch clearance fell straight to Randi Patterson at the top of the 18.  The forward attempted a right-footed volley, only to be denied by the top of the crossbar.

Frazzled by the close call, the Kickers hustled to the opposite side of the pitch where Elcock intercepted a weak pass back to Bush in dangerous territory.  His cross from the right side found a barreling Barlow five yards out but his flick to the near post was stifled by the on-his-toes goalkeeper.

The goal that Kickers fans young and old were waiting for came in the final minute of the overtime period when Palace defender Val Teixeria cleared the ball directly to Kickers midfielder Stephen Nserkeo on the right flank.  His perfectly-placed cross found goal scorer Delicâte open eight yards out.  The big forward knocked the ball right under the crossbar to avoid a penalty kick shootout and boost the Kickers to the Second Round.

With the win tonight, the Kickers will host the Real Maryland Monarchs next Tuesday, June 22 in the Second Round of the U.S. Open Cup.  Kickoff is set for 7:00 p.m. at City Stadium and regular admission prices will apply.  The Kickers encourage fans to wear white for White Out.  Fans wearing white can purchase tickets for just $5.00 at the gate.  The Kickers are just one win away from Major League Soccer so don’t miss the action next Tuesday night!

Box Score       First Half     Second Half     OT    OT    Final
Richmond               0                    0               0       1         1
Baltimore               0                    0               0       0         0  

Scoring Summary
119th minute:  Richmond – Matthew Delicâte (Stephen Nsereko)

Kickers: GK Ronnie Pascale, Henry Kalungi, David Hertel, William Yomby, Sascha Görres, Roger Bothe, Mike Burke (Neil Barlow – 90’), Edson Elcock, Jonny Villanueva (Gerson dos Santos – 71’), Bobby Foglesong (Stephen Nsereko – 105’), Matthew Delicâte

Baltimore: GK Evan Bush, Korey Veeder, Paul Robson, Val Teixeira, Stephen Basso, Lucio Gonzaga (Pat Healey – 80’), Dan Lader (Tsuyoshi Yoshitake – 45’), Matthew Mbuta, Gary Brooks (Yaikel Perez – 85’), Adauto Neto, Randi Patterson

Shots              Saves                 Fouls                  Corners
Baltimore: 11  Baltimore:  5      Baltimore:   20    Baltimore:  2
Kickers:    15   Kickers:     1       Kickers:      16     Kickers:     7                

41st minute: Mike Burke (Richmond)
69th minute: Bobby Foglesong (Richmond)
70th minute: Gary Brooks (Baltimore)
100th minute: Tsuyoshi Yoshitake (Baltimore)
104th minute: Adauto Neto (Baltimore)


Referee:    Mike Andrews 
Assistant Referees:   Charles Carson, Hagan Barnett  
Fourth Official:   Kai Goodrich
Attendance:    1,123 
Weather:     Overcast, breezy, 80¢ª

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