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Hammerheads Make the Playoffs

This is the end of the road for the Hammerheads regular season. Wednesday night was the last home game. The atmosphere was perfect, if I do say so myself. Although the day had been a boiling, muggy mess, the weather cooled down right before the game, so it was delightfully cool in the stadium.

The game certainly was not boring. Both teams had heart-thumpingly close chances. Man of the Match Brad Stuver filled the game with stunning saves. Both teams put in a significant amount of work, but neither scored, which was perfectly fine because neither team really needed to in that particular game.

Tonight, Friday, was the game where things really mattered. The Hammerheads played the Dayton Dutch Lions, a team that is already eliminated from the playoffs. A win for Wilmington would mean clinching a playoff position. A win for Dayton would mean the first(and last) home victory of the season.

There was never any question in my mind that the Hammerheads would win this game. The starting lineup included almost every Hammerhead that had ever scored this season, and they really delivered.

Lately, it's been seeming like the Hammerheads get better and better everytime I watch them, and tonight was no exception. Sammy Ochoa scored after only ten minutes. Then, Sunny Jane knocked another one in the back of the net. For the rest of the half, the Hammerheads kept things under control, and Dayton only had one of what I deem to be a serious attempt at a goal.

In the second half the Hammerheads scored two more goals(from Sunny Jane and Corben Bone),which means the club has officaily clinched a spot in the playoffs!The only downside of this match is the fact that right after the goal from Bone, Cody Arnoux got hurt. Although it's unclear yet how bad he is, he had to be subbed out.

Wilmington Hammerheads FC has one last, virtually meaningless, regular season game with the Rochester Rhinos this Sunday.

After that...on to the playoffs. I can't wait to see what will happen.

--Marissa Blackman

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