Friday, June 24, 2011 Adelphi University
FC New York 0
Richmond Kickers 0
GARDEN CITY, NY – The Richmond Kickers battled FC New York to a 0-0 draw Friday night at Adelphi University as Kickers goalkeeper Ronnie Pascale posted his fifth shutout of the season.
A defensive clash in the midfield led to an uneventful first half as both teams struggled to make headway in their respective offensive third.
The Kickers found their stride after the second half restart when midfielder Stanley Nyazamba nearly broke the ice in the 54th minute. Played into the box on the left side, his right-footed strike ricocheted off the near post and into the arms of the waiting goalkeeper, Steven Diaz. Kickers midfielder Edson Elcock’s aim was also slightly off six minutes later when he volleyed a cleared ball over the crossbar.
Later, second half substitute Shaka Bangura teamed up with Elcock and owned the right wing for the last 15 minutes of the match. First, Bangura served a cross to the far post, where Matthew Delicâte was positioned unmarked, but Diaz made a heroic kick save to prevent the league’s leading scorer’s easy header from two yards out.
Minutes after, Elcock sliced through the defense and laid the ball off to a wide open Delicâte at the penalty spot, but Diaz read his curling shot and made the block. Bangura tried to find the Kickers resident hit man again inches from the goal line but Diaz made a Spiderman-like jump off his line to stop the determined ball.
FC New York were dangerous with several distance shots but nothing materialized enough to test Pascale as the two clubs finished regulation scoreless.
The Richmond Kickers continue their three game road stand next Tuesday, June 28 when they face the Columbus Crew of Major League Soccer at Columbus Crew Stadium. They resume regular season action in Rochester on Friday, July 1 before returning to Richmond City Stadium to host the Dayton Dutch Lions and a Fourth of July Fest on Monday, July 4 at 1:00 p.m. Avoid lines at the gate and click and print your tickets in advance at RichmondKickers.com.
Box Score First Half Second Half Final
FC New York 0 0 0
Richmond 0 0 0
New York: GK Steven Diaz, Kyle Hoffer, Karsten Smith, Josiah Snelgrove (David Reed 81’), Michele Aquino, Gary Boughton (Don Smart 67’), Troy Cole, Qwame Holder (Stephen Roche 84’), John Morrison (Jhonny Arteaga 55’), Tadeu Terra (Joseph Tavernese 75’), Bradley Welch
Kickers: GK Ronnie Pascale, Sascha Görres, Henry Kalungi, William Yomby, Luke Vercollone, Jamel Wallace, David Bulow (Matthew Delicâte 45’), Ryan Heins (Shaka Bangura 75’), Dave Hertel, Stanley Nyazamba, Edson Elcock (Evan Harding 89’)
Shots Saves Fouls Corners
Kickers: 13 Kickers: 1 Kickers: 5 Kickers: 8
New York: 4 New York: 4 New York: 7 New York: 3
22nd minute: Troy Cole (FC New York)
70th minute: Ryan Heins (Richmond)
Referee: Rafal Wlazlo
Assistant Referees: Lahouchine Kharmaj, Brian Dunn
Fourth Official: John Hieb