WILMINGTON,NC (WWAY) -- The Wilmington Hammerheads compiled a hat trick on Saturday night to notch a 3-1 victory against the Pittsburgh Riverhounds in United Soccer League action at Legion Stadium.
With the second consecutive win of their young season, the Hammerheads advanced their record to 2-0 while the Riverhounds fell to 1-2.
The Hammerheads maintained possession early in the first half with four attempts on goal in the opening 20 minutes. The Riverhounds struggled to make their way into Hammerheads’ territory until late in the half with a forceful header from midfielder Sammy Appiah.
In the final seconds of the half, Hammerhead midfielder Luke Mulholland delivered one last strike on goal but was denied by goalkeeper Hunter Gilstrap to leave both teams scoreless at the half.
The second half opened with both teams battling to find the back of the net. Forward Andryi Budnyy booted an assist across the box that was knocked into the net by Mulholland to advance the Hammerheads 1-0 in the 55th minute.
The Riverhounds struggled to find their pace until the 79th minute when forward Jeremy Deighton scored to diminish the deficit and tie the game 1-1. However, the Riverhounds’ celebration was short lived when midfielder Paul Nicholson scored in the 82nd minute to rally the Hammerheads in the final minutes of the game.
But the Hammerheads were not done yet. In extra time, midfielder Alex Grendi scored the Hammerheads’ third goal, 3-1, to end the game with a two-goal lead.
The Hammerheads held a 14-2 advantage in shots on goal including eight in the first half and four in the second half.
Next Saturday, May 7, the Hammerheads will travel to Richmond Va., to take on the Richmond Kickers at City Stadium for a 7 p.m. kick-off. The Riverhounds will visit Charleston, S.C., for a 7:30 p.m. match against the Charleston Battery at Blackbaud Stadium.
article courtesy Wilmington Hammerheads