WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Check out our coverage of the Hammerheads on the Coach’s Corner on Sunday on WWAY at 6pm. We’ll have game highlights and post game reaction from the game versus Orlando City.
The leading USL PRO team Orlando City Lions proved too much for the Wilmington Hammerheads Saturday night as they rode two second half goals to a 4-2 victory over the Hammerheads at Legion Stadium.
Losing their undefeated home record, the Hammerheads dropped to 4-2-2 in the league while the Lions moved to 8-1-3. Orlando attacked early on with a shot on goal in the opening two minutes of the first half. Both teams pressured each end of the pitch but the Hammerheads got in gear with a series of four shots starting in the 19th minute.
In the 31st minute, the Hammerheads launched three shots on goal from midfielder Alex Grendi, midfielder Luke MulHolland and finally forward Andres Cuero who would not be denied as he tucked away his shot, low and hard, into the back of the net for a 1-0 lead.
Minutes later Wilmington goalkeeper Brock Duckworth came off his line to save a dangerous deflection when Orlando midfielder Kevin Molino assisted forward Jamie Watson to score on an open net, tying the game 1 all.
In the 44th minute the Hammerheads rallied back as forward Chris Banks routinely trapped the ball and pushed one past Orlando City goalkeeper, Miguel Gallardo to bring Wilmington up 2-1 into halftime.
Minutes into the second half the Hammerheads committed a foul in the penalty box allowing forward Jamie Watson to score on a penalty kick and tie the game 2-2.
The Hammerheads struggled to set their pace and in the 64th minute Orlando defender Demar Stewart scored, permitting the Lions to take the lead, 3-2, for the first time.
In the 90th minute, Orlando forward Maxwell Griffin fired a hard shot to the far post to advance 4-2 over the Hammerheads. Immediately following, defender Ivan Becerra delivered one last effort for Wilmington but ricocheted the ball off the near post.
Next Friday, June 10, the Hammerheads will play to host the Pittsburgh Riverhounds at Legion Stadium for a 7:30 p.m. kick-off. Meanwhile, Orlando City will take on the Antigua Barracuda in a 7:35 p.m. match at the Florida Citrus Bowl, Orlando City’s home stadium.
article courtesy Wilmington Hammerheads