This past week has been a very eventful one for Wilmington Hammerheads FC complete with one national team call-up and two new players, all topped off with a double header.
Sunny Jane has been invited back to Lesotho’s national team to compete against Kenya in the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers, and he won’t be back until August.
The Hammerheads signed a midfielder named Marc Godelman. Godelman played for the Hammers earlier this season in friendlies against Toronto FC and Myrtle Beach Mutiny. Wilmington Hammerheads FC also made use of a new defender on loan from TFC.
These additions to the roster were a relief going into last weekend’s first double header of the season because there are several injuries at the moment, and, especially when playing back to back games, it’s best for teams to have more options than less.
Now let’s get to the really fun stuff.
The Hammerheads stopped first in Harrisburg to play the City Islanders. Both teams had six shots, and in the end, neither scored. Defense in that game is what stood out to me the most. Several potential goals were halted before they could even become a threat.
Next, the Hammerheads went up to Rochester to battle with the Rhinos. As the commentators of the game made everyone aware, Rochester-Wilmington games are notorious for ending in ties. The game in May between these two teams ended 0-0.
Saturday’s meeting between the Hammerheads and the Rhinos was a very exciting one from a spectators standpoint. In my notes, I wrote in the 20th minute that the Hammerheads were being trampled in the possession department. Less than ten minutes later, I was forced to eat those words because I saw some beautiful whole team passing strategies that could’ve easily lead to a goal right then. By the end out halftime, I’d written: “They’re making smart moves. They may or may not still be trailing in possession, but when they get the ball they do good things with it.”
After halftime, the game got even better to watch. Both team had scored yet, and both teams were desperately trying to change that. Continuing with the theme of comparing shots, the Hammerheads actually had three less than the Rhinos’ ten, but in this game it’s not the number of goals, not shots, that matter. The only goal of the match came from a Hammerhead, Jordan Hamilton, in the 77th minute.
The Hammerheads played two back-to-back games and were able to get four points out of it. Those crucial points pushed Wilmington up to sixth in league standings.
If you haven’t seen it already, you should definitely check out these links on the Hammerhead’s website. It gives fans an inside look on what it’s like when the team travels.