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Gameday Reports: Saturday, June 18

By Staff, 06/18/22, 8:45PM EDT


Four exciting matches highlighted Week 12's opening day

Richmond Kickers 3 - 2 Northern Colorado Hailstorm FC

RICHMOND, Va. – The Richmond Kickers (5-3-3, 1st) further cemented their status at the top of the league table with a 3-1 win over the visiting Northern Colorado Hailstorm FC (2-3-4, 10th) on Saturday evening at City Stadium. Despite the 10-man Hailstorm making a valiant comeback effort, the Kickers secured the win and tallied their second-consecutive three-goal match in the process.

The match was fairly even throughout the first half until a second yellow card shown to Northern Colorado's Destan Norman in the 29th minute altered the trajectory of the match. Richmond broke the match open with a pair of goals within the final five minutes of the first half, but defender Robert Cornwall nearly orchestrated a remarkable Hailstorm comeback with a goal and assist in the final 25 minutes of the match. The difference in this one ultimately came down to a Jonathan Bolanos goal for Richmond in the 76th minute. Player of the Match

Nil Vinyals (RIC) – The Spaniard opened the scoring on the evening with his first goal since an opening week brace earned the midfielder Player of the Week honors. In addition to his score, Vinyals tallied eight recoveries and won three fouls.

Scoring Summary
RIC – Vinyals (Bentley) 42' | WATCH
RIC – Terzaghi 45+2' | WATCH
NCO – Cornwall (Rogers) 68' | WATCH
RIC – Bolanos (Gordon) 76' | WATCH
NCO – Folla (Cornwall) 88' | WATCH

Full Box Score

North Carolina FC 2 - 0 Charlotte Independence

CARY, N.C. – North Carolina FC (5-3-2, 2nd) downed the Charlotte Independence at WakeMed Soccer Park on Saturday evening. In the first meeting between the pair of in-state rivals since the 2020 USL Championship season, NCFC stretched its all-time advantage against the Jacks to 7-5-1.

The match was dominated by Charlotte in terms of possession and attacking chances, but North Carolina capitalized on the few chances they had, converting two of four chances on target. Garrett McLaughlin recorded an assist and a goal in the match to propel NCFC to victory, while Nicolás Molina - the 2021 USL League Two MVP - scored his first goal in his first professional match. Player of the Match

Garrett McLaughlin (NC) – In just his third season as a professional, McLaughlin recorded the first match of his career in which he recorded a goal and an assist. The Golden Boot leader also added by blocking two Charlotte shots and winning a pair of fouls.

Scoring Summary
NC – Molina (McLaughlin) 62' | WATCH
NC – McLaughlin (Penalty) 88' | WATCH

Full Box Score

Union Omaha 0 - 2 Greenville Triumph SC

PAPILLION, Neb. – In the pair's first meeting since Omaha downed Greenville in the 2021 USL League One Final last November, Greenville Triumph SC (5-4-2, 3rd) returned to Nebraska and walked away with a 2-0 win over Union Omaha (3-2-4, 7th).

In his first season in the professional ranks, Jacob Labovitz tallied his fourth goal in as many matches as the 23-year-old converted a nice solo chance into the Greenville lead. Finishing things off, Lucas Coutinho lofted a perfectly weighted ball over the Omaha defense as Jake Keegan headed the lobbed pass over Nuhu in the 56th minute. Player of the Match

Nate Shultz (GVL) – Earning his first assist since 2019, defender Nate Shultz set up Jacob Labovitz's 44th-minute goal and also added to Greenville's clean sheet with six recoveries and three clearances.

Scoring Summary
GVL – Labovitz (Shultz) 44' | WATCH
GVL – Keegan (Coutinho) 56' | WATCH

Full Box Score

Central Valley Fuego FC 0 - 0 FC Tucson

FRESNO, Calif. – In the inaugural edition of the Western Clásico, Central Valley Fuego FC (3-2-5, 6th) and FC Tucson (2-6-2, 11th) battled to a scoreless draw in Fresno Saturday night. Fuego FC maintained advantages in possession and shots, but neither side managed to place a shot on target. With the draw, Tucson snaps its two-match losing streak and joins Union Omaha and Chattanooga Red Wolves SC as the only clubs to shut out Fuego FC this season. Player of the Match

Tyler Allen (TUC) – Defender Tyler Allen helped Tucson onto its second clean sheet of the season with his 11 recoveries and four clearances.

Full Box Score

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