Sharks gain ground in race for playoff spot

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Submitted: Thu, 07/31/2014 - 3:38am
Updated: Thu, 07/31/2014 - 3:47am

WILMINGTON, NC (SHARKS RELEASE) — On the same day Sharknado 2: The Second One was set to be unleashed upon movie theatres around the country, the Wilmington Sharks created a tornado of their own at Buck Hardee field on Wednesday night, as they sent the Tobs seeking shelter early and often.

The first inning was essentially a microcosm of the game as a whole. Matt Vogel struck out three Tobs in the top of the first, and Steven Linkous and Nate Moorhouse each drew walks to kickstart the Sharks offense in the bottom of the first inning. A double steal from the two most dangerous running threats in the Coastal Plain League put two runners in scoring position. Jake Kusz knocked one deep enough to left field to allow Linkous to tag up from third. The offensive assault was far from over.

With two away in the home half of the third inning, Mike Montville blasted a solo shot to left center field, his sixth homerun of the summer. Montville would finish the evening 2-3, scoring three runs with two walks.
Wilmington would run Tobs starting arm Julio Valdez from the game after four innings, and the bullpen provided no help for Wilson. The Sharks picked up two runs in the fifth off Montville and Sam Foy’s singles, as well as RBI singles from Collin Steagall and Shawn Sanders.

Much like the first, the sixth began with a Steven Linkous walk. He broke for second as Nate Moorhouse wiped one into the gap in left center field, allowing Linkous to blaze all the way to the plate for Moorhouse’s 29th RBI of the summer. Moorhouse, Montville, and Kusz would come around to touch the plate, plating four Sharks runs off one hit, four walks and a hit batter.

In total, Matt Vogel would pitch seven innings of shutout baseball, allowing just three hits from the Wilson offense. He had his best stuff working as he would go on to strike out ten Tobs, at least one in each inning aside from the fifth.

Vogel was replaced on the hill by Zach Wimmer in the eighth and ninth. Wimmer would produce a solid eighth, allowing a hit and striking out one to preserve the shutout heading into the ninth, where he would run into trouble. Two leadoff hits put Tobs on the corners, and a walk to Navarette would load the bases. Wimmer would get the number nine batter to fly out, and pinch hitter Jake Armstrong to go down swinging on a full count. Doug Teegarden would draw a two out walk with the bases loaded to bring in the sole Wilson run.

After losing six consecutive, the Wilmington Sharks take a two game winning streak into Thursday night’s contest with the Florence RedWolves, who sit atop the CPL West. The Sharks sit just 1.5 games out of a spot in the Petit Cup Playoffs. Thursday evening is the final Thirsty Thursday promotion of the season, during which fans can capitalize on draft beers for just a single dollar.


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TAMPA (USL PRO) — USL PRO named its Team of the Week for Week 19 of the 2014 season on Tuesday as OKC Energy FC forward Kyle Greig was named Player of the Week. Greig recorded three goals and an assist as Energy FC claimed four points from a pair of road games against Harrisburg and Dayton.

Greig helped OKC earn a point last Wednesday in a 3-3 draw against the City Islanders. After falling into a two-goal deficit, in the opening half-hour, Greig scored twice to put his side ahead before the halftime break, but Energy FC’s hopes of victory were dashed when fellow Team of the Week selection Pedro Ribeiro of Harrisburg scored his second goal of the game with six minutes to play to level the score.

Greig’s goal and assist on Saturday against the Dutch Lions would lead to victory, however. The former Wilmington Hammerheads forward opened the scoring three minutes before the halftime break in Dayton, and then provided the assist for Paul Wyatt’s goal early in the second half as Energy FC moved into seventh place in the league standings.

Charleston’s Dane Kelly joined Greig in the Team of the Week attack as his two goals earned the Battery a 2-0 win against Arizona United on Saturday night, while Jose Angulo’s hat trick against the Real Salt Lake Reserves in a 5-2 win led to the Pittsburgh Riverhounds’ standout’s selection.

Ribeiro was joined in the Team of the Week midfield by Sacramento Republic FC’s Rodrigo Lopez, who had two goals and an assist in his side’s 5-0 win against Pittsburgh on Sunday night. The LA Galaxy II’s Andre Auras also earned selection after his first goal of the season gave Los Dos an early lead in their victory against Orange County, while Richmond’s Luke Vercollone continued to feature strongly for the Kickers as they claimed four points and moved closer to Orlando at the top of the standings with a 2-1 win against Harrisburg on Saturday.

Rochester Rhinos center back Patrick Slogic led the defensive selections as he and his teammates bottled up Orlando’s attack in their 1-0 victory on Sunday afternoon. He is joined by Harrisburg’s Matt Bahner, who had two goals and an assist in the City Islanders’ two contests last week, and Charlotte’s Ben Newnam, whose opened goal keyed the Eagles’ 2-0 win against Wilmington on Saturday night. Richmond’s Joe Willis was selected as goalkeeper as he made 10 saves across two games to extend the Kickers’ undefeated streak to 18 games.

The USL PRO season continues on Wednesday night as the Harrisburg City Islanders welcome the LA Galaxy II to Skyline Sports Complex. Friday night brings a key game between long-time rivals the Richmond Kickers and Wilmington Hammerheads at Legion Stadium, while Saturday’s schedule is highlighted by a key clash in the playoff race as OKC Energy FC hosts the Orange County Blues FC at Pribil Stadium.

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WILMINGTON, NC (HAMMERHEADS) — The Wilmington Hammerheads and the Capelli Sports Group are pleased to announce appointment of Carson Porter to the position of Technical Director of the Wilmington Hammerheads/Capelli Sports. Carson joins the Hammerheads after spending the past 3 years as a Technical Advisor and National Staff Coach for the United States Soccer Federation. In his role at U.S. Soccer he helped scout, manage and oversee the United States Development Academy, a league run by U.S. Soccer that aims to provide a platform for the top youth players in the U.S. to compete.

Carson also served as an assistant coach for the U-14 and U-15 U.S. Youth National Teams, and most recently has spent the last year as the assistant coach with the U-18 Men’s National Team. In his role with U.S. Soccer he has travelled extensively, gaining great experiences in international tournaments throughout the world. He most recently was part of the staff that took the U.S. U-18 team to an international tournament in Lisbon, Portugal where they competed against Sweden, Norway and Portugal.

Prior to his time with the U.S. Soccer Federation, Carson was involved in the college game. His most successful stint came as the Assistant Coach at Wake Forest from 2004-2008. During his time at Wake Forest the team went to 3 consecutive College Cup appearances (2006, 2007, 2008), winning the NCAA National Championship in 2007. For his work at Wake Forest, Carson was honored in 2008 as the National Assistant Coach of the Year by the NCAA.

Carson will help and support the first team staff, working directly with Head Coach, David Irving and General Manager, Jason Arnold on player personnel decisions, club philosophy, curriculum and the planning of training sessions. He will also work with the youth club in a supportive role as the partnership aims to provide the best soccer experience possible for the youth of Wilmington.

Carson, who is originally from Charlotte, NC, played college soccer at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill from 1997-2001. He returns to North Carolina after working for U.S. Soccer in Denver, CO and New York, NY. He is married to Jenna Porter also originally from Charlotte, NC.

To read more on Carson Porter and his role with the club, visit the Hammerheads blog online.


TORONTO (HAMMERHEADS) — Toronto FC announced Wednesday that the club has recalled forward Jordan Hamilton from its USL PRO affiliate club, Wilmington Hammerheads FC, and has been assigned on loan to Portuguese Segunda Liga side Clube Desportivo Trofense.

“We felt this was an opportunity for Jordan to continue his development in a professional environment outside North America and to test himself against a new type of competition,” said Toronto FC General Manager Tim Bezbatchenko. “Jordan was impressive during his time at Wilmington and we are confident this loan will continue his ascension as a footballer.”

Hamilton, 18, has appeared in 11 matches for Wilmington Hammerheads FC registering five goals and two assists, while logging 453 minutes.

“This is an exciting time for Jordan and we are very happy for him,” said Wilmington Hammerheads FC General Manager Jason Arnold. “We are pleased that our club was able to contribute to his development, we thank him for everything he has contributed to our club this season and wish him the best in Portugal.”

He also appeared in a friendly match for Toronto FC against Wilmington Hammerheads FC on June 18 where he started the match and played the full 90 minutes. Hamilton originally signed with Toronto FC on January 9, 2014, becoming the ninth player in club history to sign for the first team from the Academy. Hamilton was named to Toronto FC’s 18-man squad three times this season. He made his Toronto FC and Major League Soccer debut on April 12 against Colorado, coming on as a substitute in the 89th minute. Most recently, he appeared in Toronto FC’s July 23 friendly versus Tottenham Hotspur, logging 45 minutes and scoring one of the Reds’ two goals against the English Premier League club.

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