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Charlotte’s Jorge Herrera tallies winning penalty kick in stoppage time against Richmond

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Charlotte Independence’s Jorge Herrera converted a stoppage-time penalty kick as the host side earned a 3-2 victory against the Richmond Kickers in a chaotic finish on Friday at the Ramblewood Soccer Complex.

Caleb Calvert and Enzo Martinez each added goals for Charlotte while Sunny Jane and Matthew Delicate tallied for Richmond. The Independence moved to 3-2-0 (9 points) overall and 3-1-0 at home while Richmond falls to 2-2-1 (7 points) overall and 0-2-1 on the road.

Richmond had an early setback when the team’s leading goal scorer this season, Yudai Imura, suffered an injury, forcing the Kickers to replace him with Fred Owusu Sekyere in the 14th minute.

The Kickers struck in the 20th minute as Jane ripped a long-distance, left-footed shot that ripped through the right side of the frame past Charlotte goalkeeper Cody Mizell. Jane’s first goal of the season gave the visiting side a 1-0 lead.

The Independence tied the score late in the first half as Calvert scored in the 43rd minute. Brian Brown did the brunt of the work, dribbling in from the left along the end line. He dished the ball across toward the far right post where Calvert redirected for his second goal of the season against the Richmond defense that was jumbled on that sequence.

Richmond goalkeeper Ryan Taylor took a knock in the 72nd minute when he made a key punch at his near right post off of a dangerous Independence corner kick that looked to be headed on frame. In the 76th minute Sawyer Gaffney was called upon to replace Taylor.

With a new goalkeeper in the net, Charlotte wasted little time testing the rookie with a deep right-footed shot by Martinez that was fired past Gaffney’s left to give the Independence a 2-1 lead in the 77th minute.

In the 88th minute, the Kickers broke through the Independence defense off of a throw-in. Charlotte had an opportunity to clear, but Delicate from the right side of the box, chipped the ball into the upper right corner of the frame to tie the score at 2-2.

In the fourth minute of second-half stoppage time, June Marques Davidson drew a penalty kick. Herrera took the subsequent penalty kick in the fifth minute of stoppage time, hesitating in his approach and slotting into the right side of the frame for the winner.

Upcoming Games:

  • April 30: Toronto FC II at Richmond Kickers; City Stadium, 7 p.m. ET

  • May 1: Charlotte Independence at New York Red Bulls II; Red Bull Arena, 5 p.m. ET Man of the Match
Jorge Herrera, Charlotte Independence - Herrera converted the winning penalty kick, a confident strike that now gives him 35 career USL tallies -- fourth on the all-time goal-scoring list.





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