by Marissa Blackman
The Hammerheads played two matches this weekend, and I was only able to watch the second half of the last one. Rather than pretend I actually know what saying and try to talk about what happened during the games, I’m just going to note something I observed.
I thought it was very wise of Carson Porter to allow most of the starters from Friday’s Richmond game to rest today. When I read that seven loans had been sent from NYCFC, my initial thought was worry. I was worried about what kind of chemistry a team with seven new additions would have.
I had no reason to worry! Two goals were scored in the first half, not to mention the fact that several Redbull attempts were either blocked before they reached the goal or saved by Andre Rawls, so it’s safe to say they played well together. In the second half, my fears were dispelled even more. Most, if not all, of the substitutions, happened in the second half. Each time a new player entered the field, they worked themselves into the team seamlessly.
This is clearly a team with enough capable players that rotation is possible and a team that can quickly adapt to changing rosters. There are many teams, even at the Champions League level, that are absolutely lost without certain key players. One thing that’s become clear in these first three games is that WHFC is not one of those teams. Injuries and loans have proven that this team can function with or without any individual.
I think it’s very befitting that just two days after suffering the first defeat of the season (3-0), the Hammerheads attained the first victory of the season with the same amount of goals.
After playing two games within two days of each other, the Wilmington club will not play anymore until April 26th.