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#GameDayEve Charleston Battery Edition

by Marissa Blackman

For the second time of the 2016 USL season, Wilmington Hammerheads FC faces regional rivals Charleston Battery.

Hammerheads News

The Hammerheads have made several midseason additions to the roster. Casey Townsend, a forward who most recently played for western conference side Oklahomah City Energy FC, and Matt Harriot, a 23 year old midfielder/forward from Wealdstone FC, have both been signed by the club. Dominik Behr, a player from MSV Duisburg of Germany, joins the team for a 14 day trial. Mickey George and Fabio DeSousa, from New Jersey Cedar Stars Soccer Academy, will also be with the team for a trial period.

Open Cup

This Wednesday, both clubs participated in the second round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.

The Hammerheads played to a 6-0 victory over Miami Fusion FC. Justin Moose, Austin Martz, Logan Miller, and Kyle Parker all contributed to the score. The Hammerheads will face Miami FC in a round three match on June 1st.

Romario Williams, Ricky Garbanzo, Dante Marini, and Chris Tsonis all scored for Charleston. The Battery played to a 2-2 draw by the end of extra time but later lost in penalties. Despite securing victory, The Villages SC have been disqualified for fielding ineligible players, so Charleston will advance to round three.

Charleston fielded nine players who have appeared in at least 7/9 matches during the USL regular season. The Hammerheads squad included eight players who have played in at least 6/8 matches. With a large number of regular starters in both club's lineups, it will be interesting to see how the unusual Wednesday matches factor into each coach's lineup decisions this weekend.

Comparisons

The previous match between these two Carolinian clubs resulted in a 2-1 victory for Charleston. Since then, Charleston has moved up to 5th place and Wilmington has sunk to 9th.

With a goals against average of 1.11 and a save percentage that rounds to 74%, Charleston clearly allows the opponent to score more often than Wilmington, with a goals against average of 0.88 and a save percents of 81%. That being said, the Battery also scores significantly more than the Hammerheads, boasting 13 goals scored to the seven goals the Hammerheads have scored. Wilmington Hammerheads FC have conceded and scored the same number of goals.

As can be seen from these statistics, both teams have opposite styles of play. Who will prevail tomorrow?

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