Saturday, March 12, 2011 Ukrop Park
Richmond Kickers 3 (Delicâte 64’, Bulow 67’, 71’)
University of Maryland 0
RICHMOND, VA – (Saturday, March 12, 2011) – The Richmond Kickers officially opened preseason with a 3-0 win over the 2010 ACC Champions University of Maryland in front of a sold-out crowd at the Kickers state-of-the-art training facility, Ukrop Park. A nil-nil first half gave way to a flurry of goals when star forward Matthew Delicâte opened scoring in the 64th minute. Midfielder David Bulow managed his homecoming in style, adding a pair of tallies in the 67th and 71st minutes.
With the wind at their backs, Maryland applied pressure, winning a lot of balls early in the midfield. ACC Freshman of the Year, Patrick Mullins, looked especially dangerous and nearly put the Terps on the scoreboard in the 33rd minute when his header from point blank range was stifled by the woodwork. Shortly after, Jordan Cyrus capitalized on a poorly organized Kickers back line, breaking through 1v1 with goalkeeper Ronnie Pascale, but the Kickers veteran netminder swiftly preserved his clean sheet with a reaction kick save.
The Kickers opened the second half renewed with intensity and put up three consecutive goals as a result. First, in the 64th minute, a nice combination on the right wing broke trialist Ryan Heins through the Terps defense. The former Rochester Rhinos midfielder slotted a short back pass to an awaiting Delicâte for an easy tap-in from seven yards.
Three minutes later, trialist Michael Callahan delivered a perfectly placed corner, finding Bulow positioned inches from the target. Able to beat the ‘keeper in the air, Bulow redirected the ball on goal. Bulow and Callahan teamed up for the third tally of the night in the 71st minute when Callahan drew a foul inside the penalty box. Bulow stepped up to the spot and calmly slotted the ball into the left corner.
The Kickers continue preseason training with an intense lineup of closed door scrimmages including matches against Old Dominion University, Virginia Commonwealth University, James Madison University and Carolina RailHawks (NASL). The 2011 USL PRO regular season commences in just three weeks, when the Kickers play host to Orlando City on Saturday, April 2 at City Stadium.
Box Score First Half Second Half Final
Richmond 0 3 3
Maryland 0 0 0
64th minute – Richmond: Matthew Delicâte (Ryan Heins)
67th minute – Richmond: David Bulow (Michael Callahan)
71st minute – Richmond: David Bulow (penalty)
Kickers: GK Ronnie Pascale, Michael Callahan (Ross Mackenzie – 73’), Jamel Wallace (William Yomby – 45’), Henry Kalungi, Sascha Gorres, David Bulow (Rhodney Viela – 73’), Luke Vercollone (Bobby Foglesong – 67’), Gerson dos Santos (Ryan Heins – 45’), Dave Hertel, Stanley Nyazamba (Price Thomas – 73’), Matthew Delicâte
Terrapins: GK Will Swain, Taylor Kemp, Jeremy Raley, Alex Lee, London Woodberry, Widner St. Cyr, Paul Torres, Sunny Jane, Karou Forbess, Casey Townsend, Patrick Mullins
Shots Saves Fouls Corners
Terrapins: 6 Terrapins: 2 Terrapins: 7 Terrapins: 4
Kickers: 4 Kickers: 2 Kickers: 7 Kickers: 4
52nd minute: Jeremy Raley (Maryland)
75th minute: London Woodberry (Maryland)
77th minute: Ross Mackenzie (Richmond)
Referee: Jeff Fitch
Assistant Referees: Shaun Papperman
Fourth Official: John Schmitz
Weather: 60°, sunny, breezy
Stadium: Ukrop Park