Kickers thirsty to end winless drought this weekend

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — The Richmond Kickers scoring woes have gone on three games without a goal, their winless streak even longer. The Kickers (2-7-4) enter the weekend having not earned a positive result in eight straight matches, which has plummeted them to the bottom of the USL Eastern Conference Standings. They host the Tampa Bay Rowdies (6-3-5) Saturday at 7:00 p.m. on the City Stadium pitch.

“I seem to be saying the same story,” says Kickers’ head coach Leigh Cowlishaw, “we’ve had two (recent) games, played very well in both games with exception of putting the ball in the back of the net.”

USL statistics show the Kickers have an 8% conversion rate for goal scoring, eight goals on 100 shot attempts. By comparison, the conference leading Charleston Battery have 26 goals on 133 shot attempts which is good for a 19.5% conversion rate.

“It’s important not to get discouraged and keep believing,” says Cowlishaw.

Back on April 22nd, just shy of two months ago before the winless streak began, the Kickers were ninth in the eastern conference. Now, despite falling to the bottom of the standings, they are just six points behind FC Cincinnati (4-5-4) who sits eighth in the conference. Hope isn’t lost on the season just yet, and the river city’s skipper still believes a playoff spot is up for grabs if his club can, “be adventurous and brave in front of net.”

“It really is a fine line,” says Cowlishaw, “I certainly have the belief and relish the challenge still of finding a way to start picking up wins and getting us back in the playoff hunt.”