The Richmond Kickers U13 Boys played their VCCL rival Beach FC in their VYSA State Cup Semifinal match. The Kickers had once again a stellar performance and won 5-1, courtesy of goals from Vahdet Maletic, Austin Bancroft, Cameron Smith and Alex Levengood to advance to the Finals where they met a very PWSI strong side.
After going up 1-0 with a goal from Ryan Hall, the Kickers conceded two goals to go into halftime 2-1 down. Early in the second half, PWSI went up on 3-1 on a free kick from distance. Late in the game the Kickers pulled a goal back with a great diving header from Austin Bancroft, leading to a nail-biting final five minutes but the Kickers fell 3-2.
The Kickers U14 Girls Elite lost 2-1 to Braddock Road (BRYC) in their semifinal match. It was extremely well played game from the girls but just came up short in the end.
"Both teams performed incredibly in their State Cup matches this weekend,” commented Mike Burke, Richmond Kickers U13 Boys Elite and U14 Girls Elite Head Coach. “I couldn’t be any prouder of both teams. They competed from beginning to end of every game with both teams showcasing great soccer."
Meanwhile, the Richmond Kickers U13 Girls Elite completed their spring season with a great run to the VYSA State Cup Championship game where they were defeated by the #1 ranked team in the country, Annandale BCG Premier. In a hard fought match, the Kickers lost 2-0.
The U13 Girls Elite State Cup included victories over a talented AC Cugini team from Northern Virginia in penalty kicks in the opening round, a 3-1 win against local rival the Richmond Strikers, a tightly contested 2-1 game against PWSI, and a 5-2 semifinal victory over Vienna, a very talented squad ranked #2 in Virginia. It was a great season for the girls who showcased their possession style soccer mixed with dynamic attacking play.