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#GameDayEve Harrisburg City Islanders Edition

The next opponent for WHFC is the Harrisburg City Islanders. Before I take a look at the Islanders, there’s a bit of Hammerhead news. The club announced two Cameroonian signings. Brian Anunga Tah and Christian Mougang Bassogog are both midfielders. Hammerheads defender Ashani Fairclough spent this week training with NYCFC, the club's MLS affiliate. 

As far as the Islanders, the club has acquired four points in four games, and is ninth place in the eastern conference table. After beginning the season with back to losses, Harrisburg defeated FC Montreal. In its most recent match, the club tied Charlotte Independence 1-1. The match against the Hammerheads will be the second of three away games for the Islanders.

Here’s a side by side comparison of statistics for both teams: 

Team
Harrisburg City Islanders
 Wilmington Hammerheads
Fouls
25
39
Saves
33
43
Standing
9
7
Shots
16
22
Player Most Likely To Score
Anyone (all 5 goals came from different players)
Nick Zimmerman (scored 3 of the club’s 7 goals)

I was going to include a team most likely to score and team most likely to save column, but, especially considering that the Islanders have played one game less than the Hammerheads, all of these numbers are extremely close. The records of the two teams are almost identical. Both have only won one match, and both have loss two. The only discrepancy is that Harrisburg has tied in one match as opposed to Wilmington’s two, but Harrisburg has also played one less match.

Although both clubs are having somewhat slow starts to their seasons, these are the same two teams that made it to the playoffs last year. Both are more than capable of winning. The question is which, if either of them, will. 

--Marissa Blackman

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