Kickers Defeated at Home by Tormenta FC
RICHMOND, Va. - The Richmond Kickers (7-5-2) were defeated by South Georgia Tormenta FC (4-6-4) 0-1 at City Stadium Saturday night. Marco Micaletto scored the lone goal of the night just before halftime to down Richmond at home.
Scott Thomsen came up with a massive block in the 17th minute to keep Tormenta off the board. Stefan Muells found the space to get a cross in front of goal that seemed to slip through to Marco Micaletto at the back post. He quickly twisted around to go for a shot as Thomsen got his foot in the way for the block.
Emiliano Terzaghi was denied in the first half stoppage from getting the Kickers on the board. Matt Bolduc chipped the ball over the top for Jonathan Bolanos making a run up the right wing. Before reaching the endline, he managed to lay the ball off for Terzaghi. He looked for an opening for a shot that ended up being blocked and eventually cleared.
Tormenta broke the deadlock just before the halftime whistle. Nil Vinyals picked up control of the ball at midfield and made his run right up the center of the pitch. He slotted his pass through as Micalletto got to the ball. His shot skipped under Akira Fitzgerald and into the goal.
A massive save from Fitzgerald kept South Georgia from picking up a second in the 58th minute. Curtis Thorn found the space to get the ball through for Josh Phelps, who attempted to take a one-time shot. Fitzgerald got his body in the way to deflect it away from the Richmond goal.
The woodwork came to the rescue for Richmond in the 74th minute. Ricardo Gomez was able to fight off Stanley Alves and noticed Fitzgerald off his line. He went for the shot from about 30 yards out that pinged off the crossbar and over for a Richmond goal kick.
Matt Bolduc came close to finding an equalizer in the 80th minute. Coming off a goal kick from Fitzgerald, Alves took control of the ball and looked towards goal. Bolduc made a run up the right wing, just in time for Alves to find him. Bolduc cut towards the center of the field looking for an opening. With two defenders on him, he went for the shot that Pablo Jara needed to dive for to deny him.
South Georgia would be reduced to ten men in second half stoppage time. Two minutes after receiving his first yellow card, Micaletto was called for a foul just outside of the Tormenta box. As he got to his feet, he got into an altercation with Bolduc whom he had just fouled. The referee pulled out a second yellow card followed by a red to send him off.
The Kickers have another tight turnaround after tonight's match, traveling down to face Orlando City B at Osceola Heritage Park. It is an early 11:00 a.m. kickoff for this match, which will air live on WTVR CBS 6.3 and on ESPN+.
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Team First Half Second Half Final
Richmond 0 0 0
South Georgia 1 0 1
Richmond: Akira Fitzgerald, Scott Thomsen, Ivan Magalhaes, Kyle Venter, Matt Bolduc, Victor Falck, Ryley Kraft, Emiliano Terzaghi, Jonathan Bolanos (76' - David Diosa), Luke Pavone (66' - Stanley Alves), Oalex Anderson (58' - Wahab Ackwei)
Unused Substitutes: Lee Johnston, Gianluca Cuomo, Mumbi Kwesele, Greg Boehme South Georgia: Pablo Jara, Curtis Thorn, Jordan Shelton, Josh Phelps (70' - Jad Arslan), Lars Eckenrode, Stefan Mueller, Ricardo Gomez (90' - Lucas Coutinho), Abuchi Obinwa, Nil Vinyals, Daniel Jackson (83' - Devyn Jambga), Marco Micaletto
Unused Substitutes: Paul Lewis, Rhys Williams, Tunde Akinlosotu, Mikie Rowe
Team Shots Saves Fouls Corners
Richmond 11 1 5 6
South Georgia 13 2 14 3
45' TRM Marco Micaletto (Nil Vinyals)
45' TRM Josh Phelps
88' TRM Marco Micaletto
90' TRM Marco Micaletto
90' TRM Lucas Coutinho
90' TRM Lars Eckenrode
90' TRM Marco Micaletto
Referee: Matt Franz
Assistant Referees: Jonah Kind, William Aten
Fourth Official: Jeffrey Skinker
Weather: Clear, 57 ÂºF
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