JAMES RIVER CUP ON THE LINE
Destiny Face Hampton Roads in Final Regular Season Match
The Richmond Kickers Destiny will take the field for their final match of the 2009 season Wednesday, July 15 against the Hampton Roads Piranhas. The match will be the second leg of the James River Cup. A local derby that existed between the Richmond Kickers pro team and the Hampton Roads/Virginia Beach Mariners (USL-1), the James River Cup competition was reinstated last season between the Kickers and the Piranhas amateur teams.
LADIES NIGHT WITH THE KICKERS JULY 11
Girls Night Out Event – 5:30pm; Pro Soccer Game – 7pm
Grab your girlfriends and head over to UR Stadium for an exclusive, Girls Night Out party with the Richmond Kickers on Saturday, July 11th. Before the Kickers game versus Bermuda, browse demos and samplings from local boutiques, salons and restaurants inside the Kickers private hospitality tent. Light food will be provided by Qdoba Mexican Grill and all ladies in attendance will be eligible for drawings, prizes and giveaways. Guests that are ages 21+ can enjoy a wine tastings, courtesy of James River Cellars. Admission is $15 for ladies ages 21+ and just $10 for all ages. Space is limited. Men are not excluded.
DESTINY NOTCH FIRST WIN
Second half Schohl strike enough for 1-0 win over Northern Virginia
Following a difficult opening half of the season, the Richmond Kickers Destiny recorded their first win Thursday, June 25, against the Northern Virginia Majestics. The victory came at a time when many teams would have thrown in the towel, but the Destiny showed remarkable strength of will to deliver an inspired all-around performance.
DESTINY HOST MAJESTICS THURSDAY
Buy One/Get One Free Admission!
The Richmond Kickers Destiny of the USL W-League are pleased to host the Northern Virginia Majestics this Thursday, June 25th. Kickoff is slated for 7:00 p.m. at Sports Backers Stadium. Click here to download a Buy One/Get One coupon for Thursday’s Destiny game.
DESTINY SEARCH FOR FIRST WIN THIS WEEKEND
Travel to Charlotte Friday before Sunday’s game against Atlanta
The Richmond Kickers Destiny of the USL W-League have yet to come out on top after a tough opening schedule. The Destiny was host to the Hampton Roads Piranhas in the first round of the James River Cup at the University of Richmond Stadium on Saturday, dropping a 5-0 decision to their I-64 rivals. One day later, the women fell short on the road to the Northern Virginia Majestics on a narrow goal differential of 2-1.
DESTINY DOUBLEHEADER SATURDAY
James River Cup Competition Kicks Off
The Richmond Kickers Destiny of the USL W-League are slated to host the Hampton Roads Piranhas in the first round of the James River Cup
on Saturday, June 6th. Kicking off at 2:00 p.m. at the University of Richmond Stadium, the women’s game will be the first leg of a doubleheader with the pro team, who kick off at 7:00 p.m. Purchase one $5.00 ticket to the Destiny game and bring the entire family to the School’s Out Festival and pro game later that afternoon.
DESTINY KEEP JAMES RIVER CUP ALIVE
2009 Title On The Line For Destiny, Piranhas W-League Teams
The Richmond Kickers Destiny and Hampton Roads Piranhas have announced that the two teams will battle for the 2009 James River Cup title. A local derby that existed between the Richmond Kickers pro team and the Hampton Roads/Virginia Beach Mariners (USL-1), the James River Cup competition was reinstated last season between the Kickers and the Piranhas amateur teams. The rivalry kicks off at UR Stadium on Saturday, June 6th. Click HERE to order tickets in advance
for just $5.00!
DESTINY FALL SHORT ON OPENING WEEKEND
Tie Lady Clarets 3-3 Friday, Drop 4-1 Decision to Charlotte Saturday
The Richmond Kickers Destiny of the W-League battled to a 3-3 draw in their season opener on the road Friday night against the Cary Lady Clarets at Middle Creek Park. The Clarets held a two-goal lead until the 70th minute when midfielder Sinead Farrelly cut the deficit. Defender Katie Carr notched two goals overall, tying the game off or a corner kick in the 90th minute.
DESTINY KICK OFF 2009 SEASON THIS WEEKEND
Travel to Cary Friday, Host Charlotte Lady Eagles Saturday
The Richmond Kickers Destiny open their sixth season in the USL W-League this weekend with a back-to-back series slated for Friday and Saturday. First, the Destiny travel to Cary to take on the expansion Lady Clarets on Friday, May 22nd before kicking off the home season on Saturday, May 23rd when they host the Charlotte Lady Eagles at 2:00pm. Saturday’s match doubles as the first leg of a doubleheader with the Richmond Kickers pro team who kicks off at 7:00 p.m. against Crystal Palace Baltimore.
DESTINY NAMES NEW PLAYER/COACH
Veteran Defender Jen Woodie Will Lead Team in 2009
Entering into their sixth season in the W-League, the Richmond Kickers Destiny recently appointed veteran defender Jen Woodie
as new player/head coach for the 2009 season. A 2006 graduate of the Virginia Commonwealth University, Woodie currently acts as the Assistant Coach for the University of Richmond women’s soccer team.
2009 DESTINY SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED
Destiny Open Season Memorial Day Weekend
The Richmond Kickers Destiny of the USL W-League will open the 2009 campaign on the road to expansion franchise Cary Lady Clarets on Friday, May 22nd. Entering their sixth season in the W-League, the Destiny will begin their home season one day later, Saturday, May 23rd
when they play host to the Charlotte Lady Eagles at 2:00 pm at the University of Richmond Stadium. The twelve-game regular season schedule will conclude on Wednesday, July 15th at the Hampton Roads Piranhas.
DESTINY PLAYERS TAKEN IN WPS DRAFT
Krzysik Drafted by Chicago, Zimmeck Picked by Washington
In the second draft for the new Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS), former Richmond Kickers Destiny defender Nikki Krzysik
and forward Claire Zimmeck
were among 41 W-League players drafted by the seven clubs in the 10-round draft. A second round pick, 13th overall, Krzysik was selected by the Chicago Red Stars while Zimmeck was drafted in the ninth round, 63rd overall by the Washington Freedom.
DESTINY PLAYERS NAMED NSCAA ALL-AMERICANS
Krzysik Named ACC Defensive Player of the Year
The National Soccer Coaches Association of America recently announced the 2008 collegiate season All-Americans, naming Richmond Kickers Destiny defender Nikki Krzysik
and forward Claire Zimmeck
to the Division I First and Second Teams, respectively. Overall, the list included 33 players with experience in the USL W-League and 55 players with experience in the USL Premier Development League.
KICKERS HOST OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALISTS
U.S. Women's National Team vs South Korea at UR Stadium, Nov 1st
The Richmond Kickers are pleased to host the gold medal-winning U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team as they continue the Achieve Your Gold Tour at UR Stadium vs. South Korea on November 1, 2008
at 6:00 p.m. ET. The game will be a homecoming for Virginia native and University of Virginia alumna Angela Hucles, who led the team in scoring during the Olympics with four goals. Tickets go on sale to the public Friday, Oct. 10, at 10 a.m. ET at ussoccer.com, by phone at 804-262-8100 (Richmond), and at all Ticketmaster ticket centers the Richmond area. Groups of 20 or more can obtain an order form at ussoccer.com or call 312-528-1290.
FORMER DESTINY DEFENDER DRAFTED
Sauerbrunn Picked Third Overall In WPS General Draft
Former Richmond Kickers Destiny (W-League) defender Becky Sauerbrunn
was the third overall selection in the Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) General Draft held Monday. Drafted by the Washington Freedom, Sauerbrunn spent two seasons with the Destiny (2006, 2007) before joining the Freedom of the W-League in 2008. USL W-League players represented 24 of the 28 picks made in Monday’s WPS General Draft, which consisted of four rounds of selections between the seven WPS clubs.
FUTURE, DESTINY COACH’S AWARDS ANNOUNCED
Dykstra, Delves and Jones Honored
The Richmond Kickers are pleased to announce that Andrew Dykstra is the recipient of the 2008 Richmond Kickers Future Coach’s Award, while Chantel Jones and Emma Delves share the 2008 Richmond Kickers Destiny Coach’s honors.
ONE VERSUS ELEVEN
Spotlight On... Destiny Defender Nikki Krzysik
Nikki Krzysik made six appearances this season with the Richmond Kickers Destiny, splitting time with the U.S. U-23 Women’s National Team, who recently claimed their 10th Nordic Cup title in Sweden last week. A rising senior at the University of Virginia, Krzysik led Richmond to consecutive shutouts in a 4-0 win over the West Virginia Illusion and a 1-0 victory over the Hampton Roads Piranhas last month. An active member of the U.S. U-23 Women’s National Team, Krzysik was an integral component of the U.S team that won the 2006 CONCACAF U-20 Final Women’s Qualifying Tournament in Mexico and the U-19 2004 Women’s World Championship.
DELVES INVITED TO 2008 USL W-LEAGUE COMBINE
One of 128 Elite Players Selected
Richmond Kickers Destiny midfielder/defender Emma Delves is one of 128 elite players selected to participate in the first annual USL W-League Combine to be held in Tampa, Florida September 4-7. The combine serves as a showcase for Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS), slated to begin operations in 2009, and will consist of invited W-League players and selected players from an open application process.
DESTINY GO UNBEATEN IN FIVE OF FINAL SIX MATCHES
After a slow start to the season, the Richmond Kickers Destiny of the W-League rallied to a 6-8-0 record, posting a five-game win streak that ended during the final match of the 2008 campaign. The Destiny handed the Bradenton Athletics a convincing 3-0 defeat during the final home fixture on Saturday, July 19th before dropping a hard-fought, 3-1, road decision to the Carolina RailHawks on Sunday.
KRZYSIK, U.S. U-23 WNT WINS NORDIC CUP
Richmond Kickers Destiny defender Nikki Krzysik
helped lead the U.S. U-23 Women’s National Team to their 10th Nordic Cup title, defeating Germany 3-0 in the Championship match. The U.S. defensive unit posted their fourth shutout of the tournament to claim the title in Sweden yesterday.
ONE VERSUS ELEVEN
Spotlight On... Jess Varela
This week’s edition of One versus Eleven
features Destiny midfielder Jess Varela. Jess is a rising sophomore at Virginia Tech and leads the Destiny with six goals and two assists for 14 points. Earning W-League Team of the Week honors last week, she added three goals and an assist during a pair of back-to-back wins, edging the West Virginia Illusion 1-0, before a 3-2 affair against the Dynamo two days later. Most recently, she assisted on a Claire Zimmeck tally during the Destiny’s final home win over Bradenton last Saturday. Click here to get to know Jess!
FINAL DESTINY HOME GAME THIS SATURDAY
Varela Earns W-League Team of The Week Honors
The Richmond Kickers Destiny of the W-League conclude their 2008 home campaign this Saturday, July 19th at 3:30 pm when they host the Bradenton Athletics at the University of Richmond Stadium. Saturday’s match kicks off a doubleheader with the Richmond Kickers pro team who take the field that evening at 7:00 pm. Tickets are just $5.00 per person before 5:00 pm and are valid for both games. The Destiny’s season comes to an end on Sunday, July 20th on the road, against the Carolina RailHawks.
DESTINY CONTINUE WINNING WAYS
Future Draws Division Leaders
The Richmond Kickers Future of the Premier Development League (PDL) battled the division-leading Reading Rage to a 1-1 draw on Sunday afternoon to conclude the 2008 home regular season. The Future rallied back from a one goal deficit to tie the game in the final seconds of stoppage time. Meanwhile, the Richmond Kickers Destiny (W-League) continue a three-game win streak, capping off the doubleheader with a 3-2 win over the Carolina Dynamo.
KICKERS DROP JAMES RIVER CUP TITLE
Final Regular Season Doubleheader This Sunday
Richmond, VA – (Thursday, July 10, 2008) – The Richmond Kickers Future and Destiny battled the Hampton Roads Piranhas in the final stage of the James River Cup last week before dropping the title based on goal differential. The two clubs each ended this year’s derby with seven points and a 2-2-1 record over five head-to-head games. The Cup will reside with the Kickers’ I-64 rivals until next season. In the meantime, the Future and the Destiny return to Sports Backers Stadium this Sunday, July 13th for their final doubleheader of the season. The Future host the Reading Rage at 3:00 pm while the Destiny and the Carolina Dynamo take the field afterwards at 7:00 pm. Tickets are just $5.00/person for both games and are available at the gate.
DESTINY CONTINUE WINNING WAYS
Richmond Kickers Destiny added another win to its schedule right before the holiday. Destiny’s Jess O’Dwyer scored late in the first half to lift Richmond to a 1-0 victory over the Hampton Roads Piranhas. The win extended the Destiny’s winning streak to two games with hopes to keep the streak going with only four games left in the season.
ONE VERSUS ELEVEN
Spotlight On... Kristin Stannard
This week’s edition of "One Versus Eleven" spotlights Destiny midfielder Kristin Stannard. Kickers intern Sara Schecter interviewed Kristin, who is a rising junior at Stanford University.
Kristin Stannard returns to the Richmond Kickers Destiny team for the 2008 season. A veteran of the Destiny, Kristin made her debut as a midfielder for the team in 2004 when she was still attending Clover Hill High School in Midlothian, VA. She has proved to be a valuable asset to the team with 27 games played, 26 goals scored, 2231 minutes played, and 31 shots attempted in total since she began with the team. Kristin has played internationally with the under-17 U.S. National Team in Brazil and Mexico. As a member of the FC Richmond Mystx, Kristin was named 2005 NSCAA/adidas Girls Youth All-American Team Selection, and received the 2005 VA Gatorade player of the year award.
THREE DESTINY PLAYERS GET NATIONAL TEAM CALL-UPS FOR U-23 NORDIC CUP
The Richmond Kickers Destiny are pleased to announce three players have been called up to participate in the 2008 Nordic Cup, set to take place July 15-21 in Sweden. American defender Nikki Krzysik, English defender Kylie Davies and English forward Dunia Susi will represent their respective countries next week. The Nordic Cup is a U-23 tournament which pits the United States against Europe’s top teams. The US and England will compete in the same group, alongside Switzerland and Norway.
JAMES RIVER CUP COMES TO EXCITING CLOSE
Future & Destiny play Piranhas Thursday for 2008 title
The 2008 James River Cup will come to a dramatic finish this Thursday, July 3rd in Hampton Roads as the Piranhas and the Kickers are both tied at 1-1-1 after the first three head-to-head fixtures. The Destiny face the W-League Piranhas at 5:30 pm at Virginia Wesleyan College with the Future and the PDL Piranhas taking the field immediately following at 8:00 pm.