Official summary of the game Kickers
The Richmond Kickers (3-3-3, 12 pts) earned a hard-fought point at City Stadium against their rivals South Georgia Tormenta FC (3-3-3, 12 pts) on Saturday night. Defender Stuart Ritchie scored his first professional goal while defender Jalen Crisler scored his second goal in as many matches.
Jonathan Bolanos picked up where he left off in Wednesday’s game and looked to influence early by finding the first scoring opportunity in the 17th minute. Nil Vinyals found Bolanos in the box, forcing the Tormenta defender into a last-second tackle.
Tormenta responded with a goal scored by Barry Sharifi in the 22nd minute. A low cross into the box to Kazaiah Sterling as he turned his back on goal saw him hand the ball to Sharifi who fired a curling worm into the back of the net.
Tormenta’s lead didn’t last long as Stuart Ritchie scored his first goal as a kicker. Leonardo Baima kicked a ball over the Bolanos defender who was able to return the ball close to the penalty line where Ritchie was able to touch the ball into the back of the net.
Then in the 32nd minute, Nathan Aune set the ball up from the right side of the box before hitting a cross that found Jalen Crisler who headed the ball into the goal, earning him his second goal in two games.
Another opportunity presented itself before the end of the first half in which Bolanos was found above the box. As he cut into the box to line up a shot, it was denied by Tormenta’s goalkeeper.
The Kickers pushed for an insurance goal to start the second half and, in the 59th minute, Owayne Gordon took a throw-in and beat the Tormenta defender before firing from outside the penalty area. However, the shot would go just wide of the goal.
Tormenta responded to the pressure and found the equalizer in the 64th minute. Sterling received the ball near the baseline before playing into Adrian Billhardt’s box. The striker caught the ball with his left foot and put it inside the left post.
The last opportunity for the Kickers came with a run from another enterprising run from Ritchie. The full-back carried the ball into the box, beat his defender and fired into the frame, forcing a deflected save from Tormenta’s keeper. The deflection landed at the feet of Ritchie who took a follow-up shot but it went over the crossbar.
The Kickers stay home for one game on Saturday, June 11 when they host Charlotte Independence at Military Appreciation Night. The first 500 fans in the gates will receive a limited edition Kickers camo hat. Tickets are available at richmondkickers.com/tickets. Doors open at 5 p.m. before the 6:30 p.m. kick-off.