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WILMINGTON, NC (HAMMERHEADS) -- The Wilmington Hammerheads continued the winning streak they needed to keep their playoff hopes alive as they took a 2-1 victory over the Dayton Dutch Lions on Friday night at Legion Stadium. Wilmington's Cody Arnoux found the final goal that claimed Hammerheads victory in stoppage time that continues to feed the team's appetite for a spot in the league rankings that will qualify for playoffs.
Dayton and Wilmington shared possession the length of the field for majority of the first half. Dayton forward Gibson Bardsley took the first shot of the night for the Dutch Lions in the ninth minute from the top corner of the penalty area sending the ball soaring over the crossbar. Wilmington's Kyle Greig followed with the Hammerheads first attempt in the 21st minute that resulted in a hard deflection of the first of Dayton goalkeeper Matt Williams to remove the play from the penalty area.
Hammerheads midfielder Bryce Taylor gained his first opportunity of the evening as he went one-on-one with Williams off a long ball, but could just put a foot on the ball enough to get a touch before deflecting off Williams and going out of bounds. The Hammerheads increased the score by one off a Daniel Steres header that allowed Mickael Oliveira to get a volley into the upper corner of the net.
Bardsley tallied four shots for the Dutch Lions, adding to their final seven shots overall. The Hammerheads logged 16 shots overall as they forced back-to-back attempts in Dayton territory. Dayton's Joseph Madigan equalized the score in the 68th minute, sliding the ball into the net just shy of Hammerheads goalkeeper Philip Tuttle as he came off his line.
Numerous attempts were taken by Wilmington in the final ten minutes of the match, putting anxious fans and supporters on their feet in anticipation. Of the overall 16 shots taken by the Hammerheads, five were taken in stoppage time. The winning goal came within less than a minute left in the match as Cody Arnoux took a shot in the penalty area that deflected off the left post and into the goal.
The Wilmington Hammerheads must claim victories in their final two matches of the season to be considered for a spot in the USL PRO playoffs in the coming weeks.
Fan Appreciation Night
The Wilmington Hammerheads are scheduled to play the Pittsburgh Riverhounds on Wednesday, August 14, at Legion Stadium for Fan Appreciation Night. All general admission tickets purchased online at www.wilmingtonhammerheads.com and at the front gate of Legion Stadium will be $8.00 (all adult, senior, and youth).
The Hammerheads will host Antigua Barracuda FC for their final match of the USL PRO regular season on Saturday, August 17th at 7:30 p.m.. Legion Stadium will be the venue of a double-header August 17th as the University of North Carolina Wilmington Men's Soccer team will play Longwood University at 5:00 p.m. prior to the Hammerheads taking field.
CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) - The Chicago Bears forced three first-half turnovers and linebacker Jonathan Bostic returned an interception 51 yards for a touchdown, but the Carolina Panthers spoiled Marc Trestman's NFL head coaching debut with a 24-17 win over Friday.
The Bears - who forced four turnovers - picked up where they left off last season when they led the NFL with 44 takeaways and finished with nine defensive touchdowns, one shy of the league record.
Chicago's offense, however, left plenty of room for improvement.
Jay Cutler was intercepted on his first play from scrimmage by Josh Norman, setting up a touchdown pass from Cam Newton to Brandon LaFell. Cutler completed 6 of 8 passes for 56 yards but the Bears had three turnovers and allowed seven sacks.
Newton was 3 of 6 for 16 yards.
Norman had two interceptions, including one he returned 60 yards for a score.
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HAMPTON, VA (SHARKS) -- The Peninsula Pilots (35-23) won the decisive game three in the First Round of the Petitt Cup Playoffs over the Wilmington Sharks (32-25) 8-2 on Friday night as they used a six run seventh inning to propel them to victory and end the Sharks season.
Pat Grady got the Pilots going early in the bottom half of the first inning as he led off with single, his third hit of the series. Jordan Negrini struck again for the Pilots in the same inning as he picked up a single to score Grady and give them an early 1-0 lead.
Brandon Reitano picked up his third hit of the series as he smashed a pitch down the left field line just tucking inside the foul pole for a solo home run in the fifth to give the Pilots a 2-0 lead.
The Sharks fired back and got themselves back into the ballgame in the top half of the seventh as Tyler Slaton singled into left field and then stole second to get into scoring position. Tyler Best put down a sacrifice bunt to move Slaton to third with one out. John Fidanza drew a walk to put runners on the corners and then an infield hit from Zach MacAneney drove in Slaton to make it 2-1. Andrew Amaro tied up the ballgame at 2-2 with a ground out to the right side. The Sharks did have the bases loaded with two outs, but were unable to take the lead.
The Pilots took the lead for good as they had a huge inning in the bottom half of the seventh. Zach Lopes led off with a single and Grady then reached on a fielder’s choice which brought Retiano to plate as he singled to load up the bases with no outs.
With the infield in Alex Close hit a blooper into shallow right field to score Lopes and make it 3-2. Negrini did it again at the plate as he hit a chopper into left field to score two more runs and give him eight RBIs during the series and make it 5-2. Bill Cullen added three insurance runs as hit a three run bomb over the right field fence to make it 8-2 and put the game out of reach for the Sharks and end their 2013 season.
Alex Freedman and Zach MacAneney each picked up two hits during the game for the Sharks as Freedman ended the series with five total hits. Jordan Negrini went 3-3 with three RBIs and finished with a total of eight RBIs in series. Wes McGuire was the winning pitcher as he moved his overall record to 2-1 on the year.
The Wilmington Sharks finished a great season as they have now been to the Petitt Cup Playoffs for three straight seasons and look to build off of this year. The Peninsula Pilots will take on the Edenton Steamers in the Second Round of the Petitt Cup Playoffs as game one is slated for Sunday in Hampton, Va.
ASHEBORO, NC (WWAY) -- Wilmington Post 10 shutout Campbellsville, Kentucky on Friday 10-0 at the SE Regionals for American Legion Baseball. Post 10 will face the host team from Randolph County on Saturday in the winner's bracket game of the double elimination tournament. The SE Regional winner earns an invite to American Legion World Series later this month.
WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW) -- UNCW’s men’s soccer team was picked by the league’s coaches to finish fifth in the tough Colonial Athletic Association, which sent three teams to the NCAA tournament in 2012 and four in 2011.
The Seahawks enter their 13th season under the direction of veteran head coach Aidan Heaney and finished the 2012 season with a mark of 7-11-1 overall.
“The CAA has always been a tough league, one that anyone can win,” said Heaney. “Points are at a premium every time you take the field. Northeastern and Drexel were very strong last season and return plenty of firepower, as do we. We’re looking forward to getting preseason workouts going and getting back to competition.”
UNCW returns seven starters, including its top six scorers from last season’s club. Sophomore Colin Bonner paced the UNCW squad with six goals and two assists while Jamie Dell, a junior, added four goals and four assists.
Defending CAA champion Northeastern was picked to defend its crown as the Huskies return eight starters.
Drexel, who reached in the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1972, was picked second followed by James Madison and Hofstra.
Rounding out the coaches preseason predicted order of finish were William & Mary, conference newcomer Charleston and Delaware.
The Seahawks take the field for the first of two exhibition games on Aug. 17 at 5 p.m. against visiting Longwood. The game will be part of a doubleheader with USL member Wilmington Hammerheads hosting Antigua at 7:30 p.m.
To purchase tickets for the Longwood game, please visit wilmingtonhammerheads.com.