BROWNS SUMMIT -- Playing what should have been a less-than-superior opponent, the Carolina Dynamo faced a quick deficit Thursday night. But after getting a goal from an unlikely source, the Dynamo picked up its game and went on to a 3-1 victory over the Richmond Kickers at Macpherson Stadium.

"When you're 6-0, you're going to be the hunted," said assistant coach Steve Harrison. "This was their chance to make a name. We expected that. We didn't expect for us to be a little flat."

The Dynamo erased the deficit in the 32nd minute, when Darryl Roberts set up midfielder Sam Cronin just outside the box and Cronin stuck it in the back left corner of the net to tie the game at 1. It was Cronin's first goal of the season.

"We've been getting goals from all over," Harrison said. "We've got three forwards that can score, and we've been getting contributions from the midfield as well."

Randi Patterson appeared to score just before the half, but the goal was negated by an offsides call. It took awhile, but Patterson eventually got the game-winner, his fourth in a row and fifth of the season.

In the 52nd minute, forward Ben Hunter settled the ball about 30 yards from the goal. He sent a centering pass in, and Patterson came flying out of nowhere to head the ball in.

"I knew he was going to cross it to that area," Patterson said. "I was just ready to head it in. I just want to put the ball in the net. I don't care if it is the first goal or the last goal."

"All I kept hearing was how Richmond was 1-4," Harrison said. "We were 1-4 at this point last year and almost made the playoffs. This was a good wake-up call for us."

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