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North Texas SC Defeats the Richmond Kickers 4-0 to Clinch Home Field Advantage for the Semifinal of the 2019 USL League One Playoffs

September 11, 2019 - United Soccer League One (USL1) - North Texas SC News Release

Frisco, Texas - North Texas SC clinches home field advantage for the 2019 USL League One Playoff semifinal with a 4-0 win over Richmond Kickers at Toyota Stadium, courtesy of a hat trick by leading scorer Ronaldo Damus.

The semifinal match is scheduled to take place on Saturday, October 12 at 7PM at Toyota Stadium. The opponent and match details are still to be determined.

Tickets for the match are $10 general admission and can be purchased HERE and at https://www.fcdallas.com/northtexassc.

FC Dallas Season Ticket Members will be able to purchase discounted tickets for $5 and will receive an e-mail with more information over the next 24 hours.

North Texas SC will clinch first place for the USL League One regular season with a win or draw in any of its final three matches, or if Lansing Ignite FC drops points in any of its remaining games.

Game Summary

First Half:

1' - Richard Danso got to the right flank and Ronaldo Damus met his cross with a flicked header to give North Texas a 1-0 lead.

27' - Arturo Rodriguez was played in clean on goal, rounded the keeper, but his shot was cleared off the line by Ivan Magalhaes.

30' - Arturo Rodriguez picked up the ball in space and fed Damus, who beat his defender with a shimmy and powered the ball into the back of the net.

43' - A miskick by Brecc Evans left the ball at the feet of Dennis Chin, but the striker couldn't slip the ball past Jimmy Mauer.

Second Half:

51' - Danso's cross was deflected into the path of Damus, whose first time strike was brilliantly parried onto the bar by Akira Fitzgerald.

58' - Mutaya Mwape cut inside and his curling shot was pushed over the bar by Maurer.

62' - Callum Montgomery was too soft with his back header which led to total confusion in the box, with Jimmy Maurer making 3 saves and Brecc Evans clearing a shot off the line.

65' - Charles Boateng got in behind the defense, but was denied by the outstretched foot of Maurer.

70' - Damus took a cross down on his chest, and Arturo Rodriguez ran onto the layoff and blasted the ball into the back of the net.

77' - Arturo Rodriguez cut to the byline and after his cross was deflected, Damus collected the ball and fired it past Fitzgerald for his hattrick and a 4-0 lead.

85' - Arturo danced through the defense but a last second tackle caused the ball to bounce off him and onto the post.

Lineups:

North Texas SC - Jimmy Maurer; Jonothan Gomez, Callum Montgomery, Brecc Evans, Imanoal Almaguer; Bicou Bissanthe (Alfusainey Jatta - 61'), Gibran Rayo Jacori Hayes (David Rodriguez - 46'); Arturo Rodriguez, Ronaldo Damus(Dante Sealy- 78'), Richard Danso.

Substitutes not used - Carlos Avilez, Cesar Murillo, Oscar Romero, Cesar Garcia.

Richmond Kickers - Akira Fitzgerald; Scott Thomsen, Ivan Magalhaes, Conor Shanosky, Wahab Ackwei; Maxi Rodriguez, Jannik Eckenrode, Ryley Kraft; Mutaya Mwape (Justin Grove - 79'), Daniel Jackson (Charles Boateng - 46'), Dennis Chin (Luke Pavone - 70').

Substitutes not used - Joe Rice, Josh Hughes, Eli Lockaby.

Scoring Summary:

NTSC: Ronaldo Damus (Danso) - 1'

NTSC: Ronaldo Damus (Rodriguez) - 30'

NTSC: Arturo Rodriguez (Damus) - 70'

NTSC: Ronaldo Damus - 77'

Misconduct Summary:

RIC: Scott Thomsen (caution) - 61'

NTSC: Richard Danson (caution) - 75'

RIC: Wahab Ackwei (caution) - 90'

Weather: 90', Sunny

Attendance: 725

North Texas Head Coach Eric Quill

On his general thoughts on the game..

I thought some great goals. Obviously the first one was only 29 seconds into the game. Some good performances. We kind of lost our way the second half. Credit to Richmond. They made us really work hard for what we wanted, for what we got. They had high spirits. They look like a team that's wanting to get in. A lot of respect for what they are doing, but I'm proud of how we responded late in the game. We were able to break them down and had some good chances to finish them off.

On clinching home field advantage for the first round...

Really important. The percentages lie in your favor when your at home the majority of the time. We like our confines.We play really well here. We like to have our fans support. The support here; it's what we want.

On Ronaldo Damus's performance this season...

I mean truly amazing. And he's sort of been doing it injured. He's got a bad ankle right now and I haven't had time to rest him really. So to get three tonight being maybe at 80%, I mean he's just an amazing athlete. He's feeling really good about himself before a goal. Some of these goals are really really high level. I like his conviction running the box. His beliefs . Credit to him. He deserves all of it. He works tirelessly on the field. No one will argue that, so Im proud of him.

North Texas Captain and Center Back Brecc Evans

On the last game at home...

We are very pleased with the performance. Clinching second place now, and we have to take care of business in the final three away games. I think we are in a good position to secure home field advantage in the first two games, and I think this game, it's good to get momentum going on the road for the final stretch is huge for the team.

On clinching home field advantage for the semi finals...

It's huge. We are very confident here at home and I think teams who come here lack confidence playing against us, so that will be a huge thing in front of our fans, along with the familiarity of the field, there will be an extra element in the air and a lot of desire to get the three points

On the clean sheets and the partnership with Callum Montgomery...

I think that the results speak for themselves. It has evolved throughout the season, figuring out the little grooves, the problems that used to happen to us, they aren't really happening anymore. Having Jimmy back there is huge, it's not just me and Callum, the rest of the backlike, the midfielders in front of us protecting us, as the season has progressed we have developed a much better relationship for sure.

Richmond Captain and Midfielder Maximillian Rodriguez

On his overall thoughts on the game...

I think it is a tough place to come and play in general, and I think a goal in the first minute is only going to make it twice as hard. I think we shot ourselves in the foot in that situation. We are going uphill from there, and when it is a good team like this, you can't afford to do that.

On the scoring opportunities for Richmond...

I think it was 2-0 at the time, if we get one in it's a completely different game, but at that point they come back on the other side, we don't defend our box the way they defend theirs and they get a goal.

On the outlook for the rest of their season...

I think in a way this game was good for us, we got humbled, we are still in control of our destiny in our way. We need to win out and put pressure on the teams above us, but we still have a good chance.

Richmond Head Coach David Bulow

On his overall thoughts on the game...

Disappointed just because we didn't play very well. The result is a reflection of how quality Texas is, and how poor we were in moments, to concede a goal 19 seconds in is not the way you want to start. I think we gave away the ball too easily for the first two goals, and it is one of those things, goals change games, and if we score to make it 2-1 then its a different game but that's not what happened so its disappointed that we didn't carry on the momentum we built on from the last two games.

On Ronaldo Damus's performance...

He is just really good. You can't give him time or space, and if you do that he will punish you. He proved why he is top of the table for goals, and he is a quality player.

On their playoff chances...

I still believe in it. We have the next three matches are six pointers against teams that are dirrectyl above us, and we have some games in hand so I think there are moments in today's game where if we play with the right intensity, then we will have a chance and our focus is just on Madison. We have beaten them at their place, so they will be fighting to try and pick up points to secure their playoff spot, but we have shown over the past few months that we have more than enough quality. We left some guys at home that could have made a different, but now we take one game at a time and see where we are at the end of the season.

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