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#GameDayEve Harrisburg City Islanders Edition

by Marissa Blackman

Four points separate Wilmington Hammerheads FC from the Harrisburg City Islanders, the Carolina club's latest opponent. Sixteen games into the season, Wilmington has attained 2-8-6 record, and Harrisburg has accrued four of each possible result in twelve matches.

The last time the two clubs met was back on May 2nd when Harrisburg defeated the Hammerheads 4-0. Since then, the Islanders defeated New York Red Bulls II and Charlotte Independence, and tied with St. Louis FC and Rochester Rhinos. In the midst of those games, Harrisburg lost by a mere one goal deficit in a thrilling battle with the Pittsburgh Riverhounds that resulted in eleven goals.

Throughout the season, Harrisburg City Islanders has proved to be a team that knows how to score. The Islanders have hit the back of the net twenty ones times, and the only teams that have scored more have also played at least two more matches than Harrisburg. Though the Hammerheads have played four more games than the Islanders, the Wilmington club has only scored eleven goals. Both clubs have been scored against twenty two times. These  patterns could certainly factor into tomorrow's match.

Harrisburg most recently lost to the Charleston Battery on June 27th, and the Hammerheads most recently drew with St. Louis FC on July 1st. Victory would tie Harrisburg with sixth place Pittsburgh Riverhounds, and three points would tie Wilmington with ninth place St. Louis FC.

Tomorrow two clubs will fight to improve their standings.

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