The Richmond Kickers beat the Harrisburg City Islanders by the score of 2-1 last night, completing their season sweep of Harrisburg. The Kickers extended their current unbeaten streak to 18 games, which is tied for tops in the league with Orlando City SC. Both teams are threatening USL PRO's record unbeaten streak of 22 straight games, which was set last season by the Richmond Kickers.
The first goal was a penalty kick scored by Luke Vercollone, but all of the work was done by Jason Yeisley. Yeisley robbed a Harrisburg player of the ball just outside the box, and cut in towards to end line to try and get a cross. However, he was chopped down in the box before he could attempt the cross, and the referee rightly gave the penalty. Vercollone's shot was low and hard and easily beat Bryan Sylvestre.
The second goal came off of a quirky play. Sascha Goerres lined up to take a free kick from about 40 yards out, usually too far to take a shot. However, Sylvestre was shielded from actually being able to see the shot by his wall, and Goerres free kick was hard enough that, by the team Sylvestre saw it, it was already going past him. Harrisburg got one goal back late in the game, scoring off of a header that came off of a corner kick. Joe Willis got his hands to the ball, but he was just a moment too late to keep it from crossing the line.
The Kickers are back in action tomorrow night, when they play their summer friendly against Crystal Palace. The Kickers then come back into USL PRO action this Friday, when they travel to Wilmington to take on the Hammerheads.