Dayton, OH (WWBT)- Richmond Kickers midfielder David Bulow converted a stoppage time penalty kick to salvage a point on the road in a 1-1 draw against the Dayton Dutch Lions Saturday night. Trailing for 90 minutes, the Kickers conceded a goal in the second minute when forward Gibson Bardsley connected on a Joel DeLass cross.
The Dutch Lions took an early lead when DeLass delivered an inswinger into the box from the left side, finding Bardsley positioned at the far post. The big forward won the ball in the air and nodded home his side's first goal of the season from point blank range, leaving the Kickers stunned inside the first two minutes of play.
Sixteen minutes later, Dayton pressed again, hoping to double their luck when DeLass drove inside and fired a cracking shot from 25 yards out. His distance strike dipped dangerously but Kickers veteran goalkeeper Ronnie Pascale was on his line and curled the ball around the far post.
Few chances materialized on either side of the pitch as the teams entered the break, with the same plight continuing after the second half restart.
The Kickers best opportunity of the night occurred in the 72nd minute when defender Sascha Görres lined up a free kick on the left flank. His well-placed ball found his mark in the box, but forward Matthew Delicâte's header soared just over the crossbar.
Despite maintaining the majority of possession and outshooting their opponent 15-8, the Kickers could not level the score during regulation.
Just when it seemed all was lost for the Kickers, midfielder Luke Vercollone sent a cross into a heavily marked box with just one minute of stoppage time remaining. Newcomer Christopher Agorsor stabilized himself for a shot 12 yards out but instead drew a penalty when he was pushed off balance by the Lions aggressive defense. Bulow stepped up to the spot and calmly slotted home the equalizer seconds before the final whistle.
The Kickers are now 1-2-2 on the season and host the Harrisburg City Islanders next Saturday, May 12 at 7:00pm at City Stadium.