Photo courtesy Richmond Kickers
RICHMOND, Va. – Two extended streaks came to an end as the Richmond Kickers rallied to down the Bethlehem Steel FC, 3-2, at City Stadium on Saturday. A blitz to start the second half that saw Oliver and Luiz Fernando find the back of the net for the hosts inside the first two minutes after the restart helped the Kickers erase a one-goal halftime lead for Bethlehem that came courtesy of a brilliant free kick from Aaron Jones. USL 20 Under 20 selection Auston Trusty found Ken Tribbett in front of the net in the 69th minute for the equalizer but Samuel Asante delivered the winner with a driven shot inside the far post late in the proceedings. Richmond moves to 3-10-6 overall and 3-3-3 at home; halting a 13-match winless streak. Steel FC entered the contest unbeaten in its last eight but fell to 8-7-3 overall and 4-4-0 on the road.
39’ – BST – Aaron Jones
46’ – RIC – Oliver (Luiz Fernando)
47’ – RIC – Luiz Fernando (Jalen Robinson)
69’ – BST – Ken Tribbett (Auston Trusty)
87’ – RIC – Samuel Asante
Three Things That Matter:
USLSoccer.com Man of the Match
Samuel Asante, Richmond Kickers – The midfielder’s first tally of 2017 proved to be the most vital of the four split between the two sides in the second half, giving the Kickers their first win since April.
Richmond Kickers at Charlotte Independence – July 26, 7:00 p.m. ET, Sportsplex at Matthews
Bethlehem Steel FC vs. Charlotte Independence – July 29, 5:00 p.m. ET, Goodman Stadium