CARY, NC (June 25, 2021) - Two second-half goals lifted North Carolina FC to their first win of the season as John Bradford’s team defeated the visiting Richmond Kickers, 2-1. Max Flick and Jay Tee Kamara tallied the pair of goals, each notching their second goal of the season in Friday night’s contest. Emilio Terzaghi scored the lone goal for the Kickers.
“The locker room feels and sounds a little different tonight,” shared head coach John Bradford following the match. “To finally see out a lead and get three points means everything to this group and I couldn’t be happier for them. Our full club project was on display tonight with all professional and academy players giving everything they had to the game. The immediate response in the second half was everything. So happy for this group, and now we have to build on this going forward.”
Max Flick shared Bradford’s sentiments, saying, “It was an incredible feeling to help the team with a goal and get a win for the fans at home. Now we re-focus and prepare to get another three points next weekend at Tormenta.”
6’ Emiliano Terzaghi (Ivan Magalhaes) - NCFC 0, RIC 1
The Kickers added the first goal of the match, as an initial scoring attempt from a Richmond player ricocheted off of the crossbar and into a swarm of players from both sides. Chaos in the box ensued, as an NCFC defender was able to clear the ball out of the six. Unfortunately for the home squad, the clearance was intercepted inside the eighteen and played back in by Ivan Magalhaes, who found the head of Emiliano Terzaghi. The cross found Terzaghi in at close range, as the midfielder flicked in a header to give Richmond a 1-0 lead in the 6th minute.
47’ Max Flick (Jay Tee Kamara) - NCFC 1, RIC 1
North Carolina FC answered with an equalizer early into the second half, the opportunity arising as NCFC was awarded a free kick for a foul on Cole Frame. Jay Tee Kamara took the kick, lofting a near-perfect ball into the Richmond box. Beating several defenders in an aerial duel, Max Flick buried a header past Richmond goalkeeper Akira Fitzpatrick to deadlock the match at a goal apiece. Flick’s goal was his second in two games, as the defender also tallied a goal in NCFC’s most recent contest against the Chattanooga Red Wolves.
56’ Jay Tee Kamara - NCFC 2, RIC 1
Giving NCFC the lead in the 56th minute was Jay Tee Kamara, who bodied a clearance from the Richmond defense just outside of the eighteen. Cutting the ball to his right foot and back to his left in a swift motion, Kamara beat his defender and rocketed a dazzling shot into the lower ninety to give the home side a 2-1 lead. The game-winner was Kamara's second of the season, lifting North Carolina to their first win of the season in front of their home crowd.
- Jay Tee Kamara and Max Flick each added their second goal of the season.
- Shermaine Martina made his NCFC starting lineup debut in tonight’s contest.
- North Carolina FC maintained 67% possession and 88% passing accuracy throughout the match.
Up Next: North Carolina FC will travel to face Tormenta FC for the first time this season on Saturday, July 3 at Erk Russell Park in Statesboro, Georgia at 8 p.m. ET.
NCFC: Max Flick (Jay Tee Kamara) — 47’, Jay Tee Kamara — 56’
RIC: Emiliano Terzaghi (Ivan Magalhaes) — 6’
NCFC (4-5-1): Jake McGuire, Max Flick, Malick Mbaye, Shermaine Martina (Nelson Martinez — 10’), Nelson Flores, Peter Pearson (Parker O’Ferral — 73’), Pecka©, Jay Tee Kamara (Britton Fischer — 86’), Luis Arriaga, Selmir Miščić (Josh Coan — 87’), Thorn Simpson (Cole Frame — 45’)
Subs Not Used: Curtis De Leon, Damian Las
RIC (4-5-1): Akira Fitzgerald, Juan Pablo Monticelli, Ivan Magalhaes, Jalen Crisler (Hernan Gonzalez — 74’), Esteban Calvo, Zaca Moran, Victor Falck, Emiliano Terzaghi (Nil Vinyals — 62’), Luke Pavone (Oalex Anderson — 63’), Jonathan Bolanos (Nathan Aune — 63’), Cam Vickers (Matt Bolduc — 57’)
Subs Not Used: Austin Causey, Chris Cole
NCFC: Max Flick — 47’, Jay Tee Kamara — 56’
RIC: Emiliano Terzaghi — 6’
NCFC: Max Flick — 33’, Josh Coan — 90+3’
RIC: Esteban Calvo — 11’, Ivan Magalhaes — 46’, Esteban Calvo — 59’, Jalen Crisler — 65’,
RIC: Esteban Calvo — 59’