Saturday, June 9, 2012 Richmond City Stadium
Richmond Kickers 1 (Bulow 90)
Charlotte Eagles 0
RICHMOND, VA – Last-gasp heroics led the Richmond Kickers to a 1-0 win over the Charlotte Eagles Saturday night when David Bulow registered in stoppage time.
Scoreless through 90-plus minutes, the match seemed destined to remain deadlocked despite a persistent Eagles attack but with 30 seconds to spare, the Kickers relied on second half substitutes to comprise the lethal combination starting when Ross MacKenzie chested the ball down 20 yards out. With one touch, he threaded it through traffic to an awaiting Christopher Agorsor on the left wing, who slotted the ball across the goal mouth, allowing Bulow at the far post to calmly tap the loose ball across the finish line.
Charlotte pressured the Kickers defense inside the half-hour mark when defenders Cheyne Roberts and Mark Bloom each saw distance shots soar past their intended target but it was not until the 27th minute that the Eagles tested Kickers veteran goalkeeper Ronnie Pascale. Midfielder Joseph Kabwe intercepted the ball on the left wing and slotted it inside to Darryl Roberts at the top of the box. Turning his back to goal, he played the ball back to an onrushing Nate Thornton who unleashed a determined strike and forced Pascale to a full extension to tip it over the crossbar.
In spite of the early attack, it was the Kickers who closed out the first half with a series of chances just before the break. First, defender Sascha Görres attempted to capitalize on a free kick deep in Eagles territory. He lofted the ball into a crowded box but could not connect with Jason Yeisley positioned at the far post.
Then, Gerson Dos Santos and Edson Elcock teamed up for a 42nd minute give and go that released Elcock into the box but his effort to chip the last defender was deflected past the near post. Stanley Nyazamba lined up the subsequent corner, finding Ryan Heins in the air but the midfielder’s header glanced just wide.
The Eagles saw their best chance of the second half blocked by Pascale when Roberts served the ball to a streaking Mauricio Salles at the top of the box. Facing the Kickers netminder 1v1, he struck from 12 yards out but Pascale was in the right place in the right time to throw himself in the line of fire. However, Salles quickly recovered the rebound and played it back to Darren Toby at the top of the box but his laser attempt sailed skyward.
With 10 minutes left in regulation, the Kickers squandered the chance to break the ice when a Heins pass released Agorsor at the top of the box. Controlling the ball with his chest, the heavily marked forward stood helplessly by as his half-volley went over the bar.
The Eagles countered with a barrage of shots as the final whistle loomed closer but could not take advantage of three consecutive corners as Pascale’s acrobatics earned his second clean sheet in as many games.
The Richmond Kickers embark on a two-game road swing next week, taking on the Wilmington Hammerheads on Friday, June 15 before facing the Charlotte Eagles on Saturday, June 16. The Kickers return to City Stadium one week later to host the Rochester Rhinos and the School’s Out Festival on Saturday, June 23 at 7:00 p.m.
Box Score First Half Second Half Final
Richmond 0 1 1
Charlotte 0 0 0
90th minute: Richmond: David Bulow (Christopher Agorsor)
Kickers: GK Ronnie Pascale, Sascha Görres, Shane Johnson (William Yomby – 71’), Jason Yeisley, Luke Vercollone, Mike Callahan (Bobby Foglesong – 60’), Gerson Dos Santos, Stanley Nyazamba (Ross MacKenzie – 70’), Ryan Heins, Edson Elcock (David Bulow – 54’), Nozomi Hiroyama (Christopher Agorsor – 54’)
Eagles: GK Eric Reed, Josh Rife, Cheyne Roberts, Sean Bateau, Mark Bloom, Joe Kabwe (Mauricio Salles – 59’), Nate Thornton (Miguel Ferrer – 64’), Juan Guzman (Chris Salvaggione – 64’), Darren Toby, Darryl Roberts (Devon Grousis – 80’), Christian Meza (Jorge Herrera – 59’)
Shots Saves Fouls Corners
Eagles: 10 Eagles: 0 Eagles: 9 Eagles: 11
Kickers: 7 Kickers: 5 Kickers: 7 Kickers: 5
90th minute: Devon Grousis (Charlotte)
Referee: Mark Gorak
Assistant Referees: Jeff Davis, Ben Hichak
Fourth Official: Alex Coleman
Weather: Sunny, 85º