16 May

Wahab Ackwei scores his first goal for Richmond Kickers in USA

Ghanaian defender Wahab Ackwei scored his debut goal for Richmond Kickers in the US Open Cup on Wednesday evening.

Richmond Kickers suffered a 4-1 away defeat to  North Carolina FC in the US Open Cup at the WakeMed Soccer Park.
 
NCFC broke the deadlock in the 16th minute. Austin Panchot sent in a cross into the Richmond box, as the ball pinged around, finally falling to Ulrich Ewolo. He laid the ball off for Andre Fortune to go for the shot at the top of the box, putting it to the left of the diving Akira Fitzgerald. 
 
Wahab Ackwei leveled the score for Richmond in the 34th minute. Matt Bolduc brought down a deflected cross, putting it right to the feet of Joe Gallardo. He took a touch and flicked the ball across the front of goal, right as Ackwei crashed the back post to put it into the back of the net. 
 
The home side went ahead in the 52nd minute. Before the ball rolled out for a goal kick, Caleb Duvernay chipped in a cross picking out Robert Kristo at the top of the six. He leapt to beat Ackwei to the ball, heading it into the goal and past Fitzgerald. 
 
A penalty was awarded to NCFC to get the third goal of the night in the 61st minute. 
 
A fourth goal for NCFC would come in the 70th minute. Manny Perez picked up control of the ball as it came loose on the right side. With space, he went for the cross low and in front goal, slipping through the pack. Yamikani Chester made a run towards the far post to pounce on the opportunity, finding the back of the net. 
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