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by Marissa Blackman

Tonight Wilmington Hammerheads FC took the field for the nineteenth time this season. The club played against Louisville City FC.

The initial pace of the match was rather fast. Both teams had stretches of possession but, for a time, neither was able to maintain total possession for very long before the opposite club took the ball. Before halftime, each club took control of the game for a period.

Wilmington played well throughout the first half. The club forced consecutive corners, and, with two forwards up top, the team really pressed for a goal. There were also great clearances from the Hammerheads, especially from Martinez and Moose. When Louisville broke through the defense, goal keeper Andre Rawls successfully guarded the net. The team's effort came to fruition when Brian Ackley converted a penalty kick, scoring the first goal of the game.

After the goal, the Hammerheads seemed to sit back a little, which could have been strategy or the result of playing at such a high momentum for so long in the beginning of the match. Throughout this lull in attack, the Hammerheads collectively continued defending well. Alas, Louisville forward Matthew Fondy equalized in the final minute of the half.

The Hammerheads quickly lost control of the game in the second half. Within five minutes, Louisville scored two additional goals. To make matters worse, two Hammerheads, Andrae Campbell and Qudus Lawal, had to be substituted due to injury. Although the Hammerheads made decent shots during the remainder of the match, the only thing either team gained was a few yellow cards.

With this result, Wilmington Hammerheads FC remains in twelfth place, and Louisville City FC ascends to second place. The next Wilmington match will be played away against the Pittsburgh Riverhounds. The Hammerheads have the potential to gain a maximum of twenty seven points throughout the remainder of the season.


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