Sports Backers Stadium, Richmond, VA
Atlanta Silverbacks 1 (Wall 36)
Richmond Kickers 1 (Luzak 90)
Richmond, VA - (Thursday, September 5th, 2002) - The Richmond Kickers outshot the Atlanta Silverbacks 25-4 enroute to a 1-1 tie. A 90th minute goal by defender Peter Luzak earned the Kickers a tie going into the second leg of the aggregate series. Richmond and Atlanta will take to the field again this Sunday to decide the winner of the first round playoff series.
1st Minute: Josh Henderson gets three quick shots on goal as his first shot is saved by GK Jeff Cassar. His second shot is cleared off the line by defender Gilbert Jean-Baptiste and his third shot ricochets off the crossbar and back to Cassar.
27th Minute: Henderson takes a nice pass from Kevin Jeffrey, traps the ball and takes a left-footed shot that Cassar is able to collect.
32nd Minute: Off a Tony Williams corner kick, Kevin Jeffrey settles the ball just inside the 18 yard box and cranks a left footed shot that curves just over the far post.
34th Minute: A defensive giveaway gives Bryan Namoff the opportunity to thread a beautiful through pass to Josh Henderson. He's all alone on Cassar but the 'keeper is able to make a great save on Henderson's shot towards the left post.
36th Minute: GOAL Brian Piesner takes a corner kick for the 'Backs. His short service is given right back to him. He crosses the ball to the far post where an on-rushing James Wall heads the ball into the back of the net. Silverbacks 1, Kickers 0
37th Minute: Alan Woods takes a dangerous header towards the Richmond goal that bounces off the crossbar and out of bounds.
41st Minute: Tony Williams sends a beautiful cross from the right side of the goal. David Hayes one-touch shot is just wide from 12 yards out.
43rd Minute: A handball foul is called in the box on Atlanta and Richmond is awarded a penalty kick. Josh Hendersons kick is saved but Atlanta encroached so Richmond gets another chance. David Hayes' shot was just to Cassar's left but he was able to make the save.
68th Minute: Ihor Dotsenko sends a quick cross into the box. Kevin Jeffrey's header from 15 yards out is just wide of the left post.
82nd Minute: Kevin Knight sends a ball over the Atlanta defense from the left side of the field. Josh Henderson doesn't get the touch on it he was looking for and his header goes just wide of the far post.
90th Minute: GOAL Ben Strawbridge sends an extremely long throw-in into the box that Peter Luzak heads into the right side-netting. Silverbacks 1, Kickers 1
Box Score First Half Second Half Final
Atlanta 1 0 1
Richmond 0 1 1
Atlanta - 36th Minute: James Wall (assisted by Brian Piesner)
Richmond - 90th Minute: Peter Luzak (assisted by Ben Strawbridge)
Silverbacks: GK Jeff Cassar, Gilbert Jean-Baptiste, James Wall, Jason Annicchero, Alan Woods, Brian Piesner (Jordy Broder 46), Ryan Leib (John Akin 81), Carlos Parra, Byron Mitchell, Velko Iotov (Philippe Godoy 76), John Barry Nusum (Nate Hetherington 61).
Kickers: GK Ronnie Pascale, Khary Stockton, Peter Luzak, Kevin Knight, Chris Fox, Bryan Namoff (Ihor Dotsenko 67), Tony Williams (Paul Lekics 67), Marco Ferruzzi, David Hayes (Mike Burke 67), Kevin Jeffrey (Ben Strawbridge 89), Josh Henderson.
Shots Saves Fouls Corners
Silverbacks: 4 7 24 3
Kickers: 25 2 20 8
23rd Minute: Peter Luzak (Richmond)
42nd Minute: Alan Woods (Atlanta)
56th Minute: Jason Annicchero (Atlanta)
86th Minute: Jeff Cassar (Atlanta)
86th Minute: Josh Henderson (Richmond)
88th Minute: James Wall (Atlanta)
Referees: Todd Perry, Andy Chapin, Steve Taylor, Dan Townsend.
Weather: Sunny, 70 degrees
Man of the Match: Peter Luzak
The Kickers and Silverbacks will play the second leg of the first round playoff series this Sunday, September 8th at DeKalb Memorial Stadium in Clarkston, GA at 6pm.
Call (804) 644-5425 ext. 301 for further information.
Amanda M. Miller
Director of Public Relations
"Shaping the future of U.S. Soccer"
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