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WILMINGTON, NC (Hammerheads release) -- The Wilmington Hammerheads are set to head south to encounter their coastal rivals, the Charleston Battery, at Blackbaud Stadium this weekend to compete for the title of 2012 USL PRO National Champions.
The Hammerheads held a 1-1-1 record with the Battery in regular season play, with the tallied one loss and one tie being at Blackbaud Stadium. This is the same record the Hammerheads held with Orlando City during the regular season before they faced off in the semifinals at the Florida Citrus Bowl last weekend. Advancing to the finals with a 4-3 victory over regular-season champions Orlando, the Hammerheads are geared up for their shot at the national title which they last took home in 2003.
This is the first time that the Hammerheads and Battery will meet in a post-season playoff match.
The Battery picked up their semifinal victory in Rochester last weekend in stoppage time after Tony Donatelli scored a header and sent the match into overtime with a score of 1-1. Both teams remained scoreless through overtime and were forced into seven rounds of penalty kicks. Battery came away with the winning goal that concluded their advancement into the finals.
Among the Hammerheads players this year is forward Corey Hertzog whom has been on loan from Major League Soccer's New York Red Bulls since June. Missing the first seven matches of regular season play, Hertzog has appeared in 17 games and has successfully made it to the top of the USL PRO rankings. He is one of the three finalists for USL PRO Most Valuable Player and was named to the 2012 USL PRO All-League First Team. Along with Hertzog, Hammerheads midfielder Bryce Taylor is one of the four finalists up for the USL PRO Rookie of the Year award and was named to the 2012 USL PRO All-League Second Team. Winners will be announced at Friday's media luncheon.
Tickets for Saturday's match are available for purchase at a rate of $10, youth and adult, through the Charleston Battery ticket office. The Blackbaud Stadium Box Office will be open from 10:00 a.m. on Saturday. Gates open at 6:00 p.m. prior to kickoff.
For the Hammerheads fans that have purchased tickets through the Wilmington Hammerheads office, a reminder that your tickets will be available for pick up at Hammerheads Will Call on the East side of the stadium on Saturday.
For more information about this weekends match, travel, and tickets, please call (910) 777-2111.
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