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Hammerheads Season Nearing It's End

This Thursday was probably one of the best nights of the Hammerheads season as far as home games. The only other games that came close were back in May against Charleston(the first home win) and Pittsburgh(a 5-1 win at home). Why was it such a good night. Well, to put a ninety minute story into a few words, the Hammerheads won...3-1...against the league leading team Orlando.

Tonight Wilmington Hammerheads FC played Sacramento Republic FC for the second time this season. The first time was just last Wednesday when Sacremento got a 2-0 victory at home. In the first half, Sacramento had way more chances than the Hammerheads. A couple of those chances were extremely close to goals, but, through a combination of Sacremento' s lack of accuracy and Brad Stuver' s great saving ability, nothing went in.

The second half was the Hamerhead's turn to get extremely close to scoring. Throughout the entire game both teams kept interrupting each other's plays, and neither team could break free from the other for a long enough time to be a serious threat. Tonight's match ended as a 0-0 draw.
A draw is not a loss, and, considering where the Hammerheads are in regards to playoffs, it's, enough for now. In order to make the get into the playoffs the Hammers only half to win two of their last three games. That's an attainable goal, but, once again, the last week of the regular season for this club will be a busy one.

Wilmington plays Orlando at home on Wednesday before traveling to Dayton on Friday. Then, the last regular season match will be in Rochester next Sunday. Playoff hopes for this team are still alive and well. I'm curious to see how this season will end.

  Here's what the players had to say:
"We have Orlando on Wednesday, so we gotta focus on that now. We definitely had success in our past three or four games. Things are starting clicking for us as a team and everyone's working for each other. I'm excited to see what's going to happen in the playoffs. We've got a few more games to play before we can solidify a spot, but we're all looking forward to it. We're ready." -Drew Ruggles

"I feel like I'm helping the team accomplish their goals. When you come in and the team starts to get results, it feels good."- Mark-Anthony Kaye

 "I think we're feeling really good right now. We turned it around in the past couple of games past couple weeks. We're in a pretty good spot. There's three games left of this season...and I think we're looking really good."- Steven Miller "Feeling really good. After coming off two wins and two ties in the last four games, I think it puts us in a really good spot to make playoff clinch."- Brad Stuver

 "Right now we're a little tired from the crazy amount of games we've had in a short stretch, but also excited about what we're doing as a team and what we're trying to accomplish. I'm excited for the end, Excited for playoffs coming. I'm feeling confident that we can make the playoffs, but we just have to take it a game at a time."- Brian Ackley

 "I'm feeling pretty excited. The team's just kind of been gradually getting better and better. Hopefully we get into the playoffs. We're on form and hopefully will win or at least get to the final."- Paul Nicholson

 ---Marissa Blackman

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