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One Down, Three To Go

by Marissa Blackman

Wilmington Hammerheads FC have successfully completed the first match of a four games in nine day section of this season's schedule. Today, the Wilmington club played FC Montreal in Stade Saputo, the same stadium shared by Montreal Impact of MLS.

There were a few instances in the first half when FC Montreal came dangerously close to scoring, but Hammerheads goal keeper Andre Rawls did not take any chances. He dived for the ball several times, denying Montreal of any goals in the first half. The Hammerheads did put in a few chances in the early minutes of the game, but they were not nearly as dangerous as Montreal's. Although Montreal seemed much more likely to score, the Hammerheads were the first team to get on the scoreboard. After receiving a well placed cross from Christian Bassogog, Brian Ackley sent the ball cascading to the back of the net from a header in the 37th minute.

In the second half, Montreal really pressed the Hammerheads. For most of the half, the Hammerheads were too preoccupied minimizing FC Montreal threats to even attempt a shot. In the 50th minute, FC Montreal forward Ndiyae slipped past the Wilmington defense, evaded Andre Rawls, and scored. Minutes later, Paul Nicholson made a plausible shot but it was pulled out of the air by Montreal goalie Maxime Crepeau. For the rest of the match, Andre Rawls responded to FC Montreal shots with great save after great save. It seemed as if the score would remain equal until a duo of late subs changed the story. Assisted by Marc Godelman, Hammerheads midfielder Will Heaney chipped in the game winning goal in the first minute of extra time.

This match is the second win this year for the Hammerheads, and it comes at a crucial time. This victory is a confidence boost that can help sustain the club during the three games to be played in the next eight days. After weeks in 11th place, the 2-1 win bumps the Hammerheads up to 10th.

The Hammerheads will remain in Canada to play Toronto FC II this Saturday.

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