WILMINGTON, NC (HAMMERHEADS) -- Both Wilmington Hammerheads FC and Arizona United SC extended their unbeaten streaks with a 0-0 draw at Legion Stadium on Friday night.
The Hammerheads were quick on the pitch early in the game and looking to dominate beginning with a header on goal from defender Ashani Fairclough. Forward Sammy Ochoa soon followed with a swift volley but was denied entrance on goal by Arizona goalkeeper Evan Newton on a diving save.
Arizona forward Long Tan took a 55-yard breakaway in the second half forcing Hammerheads goalkeeper Quillan Roberts to drop into a one-on-one contest and emit a tremendous deflection that prevented Arizona from taking the lead. Arizona's Matt Kassel created an attempt in the 80th minute as he looked to put his team on the board.
The Hammerheads fired back with numerous plays in Arizona territory, but nothing that could find the back of the net to lift them to victory. Wilmington forward Brian Ackley was close to increasing the score for the Hammerheads in the final minutes during a shuffle among Arizona defense in the penalty area.
Arizona United SC is scheduled to take on the Charleston Battery at Blackbaud Stadium on Saturday, July 26th.
The Hammerheads conclude their doubleheader weekend on Saturday in Charlotte at Queens Sports Complex against the Charlotte Eagles. Fans can watch the match live on the Eagles' YouTube Channel at www.youtube.com/charlotteeaglessc. For further information regarding Wilmington Hammerheads FC, contact (910) 777-2111 or visit www.wilmingtonhammerheads.com.
EDENTON, NC (WWAY) --- The Edenton Steamers defeated the Wilmington Sharks on Friday 4-1. Ashley High grad Chance Shepard hit a home run for Edenton in the 7th inning. The Sharks will play at home on Saturday(7pm) and on Sunday(6pm). Sunday's game is a makeup game(not originally on the schedule)
THOMASVILLE, NC (WWAY) --- At the last minute the game location for Wilmington Post 10 in the American Legion State Tournament was switched to Thomasville on Friday due to field conditions in Lexington. The Gaston County Braves took an early 1-0 lead against Wilmington Post 10, but Post 10 came back to tie the baseball game at 1. Post 10 fell behind 3-1, but they ended up tying the game at 3. Gaston County scored in the 8th to take a 4-3 lead. 4-3 turned out to be the final score. Post 10 now must work their way through the consolation bracket of this double elimination tournament. Post 10 will face Garner at 12:30 on Saturday in Lexington.
PHOENIX, AZ (WWAY) -- Click the play video icon to see former Hoggard Viking Jonathan Cooper on the eve of training camp for the Arizona Cardinals. The offensive lineman missed the entire 2013 regular season. He's hoping a healthier and more productive 2014 season.