Ghanaian youngster defender Wahab Ackwei bagged his first goal for Richmond Kickers in their 4-1 defeat to North Carolina FC in the US Open Cup on Wednesday evening.
NCFC took the lead in the 16th minute at the WakeMed Soccer Park courtesy Andre Fortune strike.
22-year-old Ackwei equalised for Richmond in the 34th minute. Matt Bolduc brought down a deflected cross, putting it right to the feet of Joe Gallardo. He took a touch and flicked the ball across the front of goal, right as Ackwei crashed the back post to put it into the back of the net.
The home side went ahead in the 52nd minute after Robert Kristo leapt to beat Ackwei to the ball, heading it into the goal and past Fitzgerald.
A penalty was awarded to NCFC to get the third goal in the 61st minute.
NCFC scored the fourth goal in the 70th minute. Manny Perez picked up control of the ball as it came loose on the right side. With space, he went for the cross low and in front goal, slipping through the pack. Yamikani Chester made a run towards the far post to pounce on the opportunity, finding the back of the net.