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Kickers Advance to Third Round of U.S. Open Cup


Wednesday, May 14, 2014           Sports Backers Stadium
RVA FC                                       1 (Orlando 65’)
Richmond Kickers                       6 (Asante 26’, Spitz 36’, Yeisley 45’, Hanley 62’, 64’, Davis 88’)

RICHMOND, VA – The Richmond Kickers ousted RVA FC from the Second Round of the U.S. Open Cup at Sports Backers Stadium Wednesday night, 6-1. Samuel Asante, Shay Spitz and Jason Yeisley opened scoring in the first half and Tishan Hanley added a pair of goals following the break. RVA FC forward Jonathan Orlando pulled a goal back just past the hour mark before George Davis IV rounded out the scoreline two minutes from regulation. The Kickers advanced to host the New York Greek American Atlas SC at City Stadium in the Third Round.

The Kickers wasted little time breaking the ice when Spitz played the ball to an unmarked Alex Lee, deep on the right wing in the 26th minute. The Kickers defender whipped in an outswinging cross, finding Asante lurking at the back post who made no mistake with his point blank header into the back of the net.

Ten minutes later, Spitz wound up a close-range shot but was blocked by RVA goalkeeper Bill Groben. The crafty midfielder was not to be denied a second time as he recovered quickly and buried the rebound.

Integral again just before halftime, Spitz stole the ball in RVA territory and barreled through traffic as he raced through the midfield. He wound up a shot from the top of the 18 but Groben parried his attempt directly to Yeisley who tapped in the loose ball.

Picking up where they left off after the break, the Kickers netted two more goals in rapid fire succession. First, midfielder Luke Vercollone played along ball over the defense, leading Hanley as he eluded defenders into the box. The Kickers newcomer drew the opposition deep on the left edge before finishing a sharp-angled blast into the far side netting in the 62nd minute.

Two minutes later, RVA pressed forward but an awaiting Kickers goalkeeper Joe Willis intercepted a potentially dangerous cross and distributed it out to Hugh Roberts who played a long ball to Lee. With a fifth goal in sight, Lee’s pass split defenders and allowed Hanley a clear pathway to notch his second goal in as many minutes.

RVA avoided the shutout in the 65th minute when Daniel Lauretano battled for the ball on the left flank. The former Kickers Academy midfielder delivered a through ball to Orlando who danced around his mark and poked the ball past a diving Willis inside the near post.

The flurry of goals ended in the 88th minute when Lee earned his third assist of the night. Vercollone controlled the ball in the midfield, springing Lee free on the right flank. He sliced a cross through the box, finding Davis at the penalty spot who calmly slotted home the sixth goal of the night into the far corner.

The Richmond Kickers continue their three-games-in-five-days gauntlet this weekend, traveling to the Oklahoma City Energy FC on Friday, May 16 before taking on the Chicago Fire Reserves (3-0-1) of Major League Soccer on Sunday, May 18. Both games will be streamed on live from Pribil Stadium at 8:00 p.m. and Toyota Park at 5:30 p.m., respectively.

Box Score      First Half      Second Half     Final
RVA FC                0                    1                 1    
Richmond             3                     3                 6

Scoring Summary
26th minute: Richmond: Samuel Asante (Alex Lee)
36th minute: Richmond: Shay Spitz
45th minute: Richmond: Jason Yeisley
62nd minute: Richmond: Tishan Hanley (Luke Vercollone)
64th minute: Richmond: Tishan Hanley (Alex Lee)
65th minute: RVA: Jonathan Orlando (Daniel Laurentano)
88th minute: Richmond: George Davis IV (Alex Lee)

RVA FC: GK Bill Groben, Garrett Harvey, Steven Gandy (Joseph Gonnella – 45’), Patrick Foss, Zach Carroll, Dakota Barnathan (Jonathan Orlando – 45’), Todd Wharton, Luis Rendon (Daniel Laurentano – 42’), Justin Grove, Ryan Zinkhan, Manel Bel

Kickers: GK Joe Willis, Sascha Goerres, William Yomby, Alex Lee, Michael Callahan, Luke Vercollone, Samuel Asante (Christiano Francois – 45’), Hugh Roberts, Shay Spitz (Arbelaez – 72’), George Davis IV, Jason Yeisley (Tishan Hanley – 45’)

Shots                  Saves                Fouls              Corners
Kickers:  15         Kickers:  3          Kickers:   9      Kickers:  5
RVA FC:  6          RVA FC: 7          RVA FC: 12     RVA FC: 2

34th minute: Steven Gandy (RVA)
58th minute: Zach Carroll (RVA)
68th minute: Garrett Harvey(RVA)


Referee:   Charles Carson    
Assistant Referees:  Bill Dittmar, Danny Thornberry   
Fourth Official:  James Walker   
Attendance:   753    
Weather:  Overcast, 74º

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