Bulow tallied three for Richmond (Suz Kitsteiner / RichmondKickers.com)
David Bulow propelled himself up the Pro Era US Open Cup tournament goal scoring list with a hat trick to lead Richmond to a 4-1 first round victory over USL PRO rival Dayton Dutch Lions at University of Richmond Stadium.
Bulow was inserted in the lineup along with Shaka Bangura to replace regular starters Matthew Delicate and Edson Elcock, whom head coach Leigh Cowlishaw was resting for the Kickers USL PRO game against Harrisburg on Friday. Bulow and Bangura provided all the offense Richmond would need on the night. Bulow started the scoring eight minutes after the kickoff, when he scored on a 15 yard shot following a header assist from Stanley Nyazamba.
Bulow would strike again when he met a pass from Bangura in full stride at the top of the 18-yard box and blasted a shot past Dutch Lions goalkeeper Brian Visser. Bulow completed his hat trick by converting from the penalty spot in the 65th minute, and Bangura put a bow on the rout with a goal of his own with two minutes remaining. The completion of the hat trick came five minutes after Dayton found the net for the only time on a 60th minute penalty kick from Marvin van der Pluijm.
Bulow’s goals were his ninth, 10th and 11th all-time in Open Cup play, and is now tied for 3rd in Pro Era goal scoring with Sebastien Le Toux of the Philadelphia Union. Ahead of Bulow and Le Toux are Melvin Tarley with 12 goals, and Johnny Menyongar and Jaime Moreno with 13.
Bulow scored his first five tournament goals playing for the Cape Cod Crusaders in the PDL, tallying three in 2004 and two more in 2006. He has scored three others for the Kickers, one each in 2007, 2008 and 2009.
The Kickers will face another USL PRO league rival, the Pittsburgh Riverhounds, on June 21 at University of Richmond Stadium.
Scoring Summary 7th minute: David Bulow (Stanley Nyazamba) 17th minute: David Bulow (Shaka Bangura) 60th minute: Marvin Van der Pluijm (PK) 65th minute: David Bulow (PK) 89th minute: Shaka Bangura (Ross Mackenzie)
Starting Lineups Kickers: GK Ronnie Pascale, Yomby William, Henry Kalungi, Sascha Goerres (David Hertel 45’), Luke Vercollone, Mike Callahan (Edson Elcock 67’), Bobby Foglesong (Ross Mackenzie 42’), Nozomi Hiroyama, Stanley Nyazamba, Shaka Bangura, David Bulow
Dutch Lions: GK Brian Visser, Evan Schwartz, Kyle Segebart, Mettin Copier, Happy Hall (Marvin van der Pluijm 45’), Bret Jones (Shane Smith 57’), Joel DeLass, Mikael McNamara, Lucien Seymour, Kolby LaCrone (Julius Willie 45’), George Davis IV