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WILMINGTON, NC (HAMMERHEADS) -- With the final spot in USL PRO playoffs on the line, the Wilmington Hammerheads were anything but short of goals Wednesday night as they took a 4-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Riverhounds at Legion Stadium. After equalizing the score prior to halftime, the Hammerheads tallied three more goals in the final 15 minutes of the match to ensure the victory against the Riverhounds and keeping their playoff hopes alive.
Pittsburgh put pressure on Wilmington in the 13th minute after forward Jose Angulo scored the first goal of the night of an assist by Richard Costanzo. The Hammerheads equalized the score in the 32nd minute off a high cross from Shawn Nicklaw into the penalty area for Kyle Greig to put a header into the top corner of the net.
A breakaway by Pittsburgh's Stefan Lundberg in stoppage time was an attempt to increase the score by one, but Wilmington's Tom Parratt blocked him off in the box allowing for Hammerheads goalkeeper Philip Tuttle to gain control of the ball.
Wilmington's Mickael Oliveira carried over the intensity from the first half into the first five minutes following halftime with a long shot over the crossbar. It was the 76th minute that the Hammerheads took their first lead of the night when Cody Arnoux passed to Steven Perry open in the middle of penalty area for the shot, giving him his first goal of the year.
Shortly thereafter, Wilmington's Bryce Taylor also recorded his first goal of the regular season off an assist by Gareth Evans in the 82nd minute. Three minutes later, Steven Perry returned the favor to teammate Cody Arnoux after playing a small cross into the front of the net for Arnoux to bypass Pittsburgh goalkeeper Gregory Blum.
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 also be the venue of a double-header on Saturday 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 the field.
Now the Hammerheads must take a victory against Antigua to qualify for the final spot in the playoffs. On the other hand, the Harrisburg City Islanders must also defeat or take a draw over the Dayton Dutch Lions on Saturday to initially secure the Hammerheads' wishes. If both the Hammerheads and Dutch Lions claim victories on Saturday, the Dutch Lions will move into the eighth position as well as final playoff spot by a difference of one point in the league standings over the Hammerheads.
For further information regarding the Wilmington Hammerheads, please contact (910) 777-2111 or visit online at www.wilmingtonhammerheads.com.
Box Score First Half Second Half Final
Wilmington 1 3 4
Pittsburgh 1 0 1
Hammerheads: GK Philip Tuttle, Tom Parratt (Cody Arnoux 70'), Gareth Evans, Michael Daly, Uriah Bentick (Christian Davidson 59'), Bryce Taylor, Paul Nicholson (Mark Briggs 76'), Daniel Steres, Shawn Nicklaw, Mickael Oliveira (Will Heaney 83'), Kyle Greig (Steven Perry 61')
Riverhounds: GK Gregory Blum, Sterling Flunder, Richard Costanzo (Daniel Holowaty 83'), Michael Green, Andrew Marshall, Robert Vincent, Stefan Lundberg (Kevin Kerr 72'), Alfonso Motagalvan, Michael Seamon (Ryan Kinne 72'), Mike Seth, Jose Angulo
PGH: Jose Angulo (Richard Costanzo) 13'
WILM: Kyle Greig (Shawn Nicklaw) 32'
WILM: Steven Perry (Cody Arnoux) 76'
WILM: Bryce Taylor (Gareth Evans) 82'
WILM: Cody Arnoux (Steven Perry) 85'
WILM: Mickael Oliveira 32'
WILM: Mark Briggs 78'
WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (RELEASE) -- The only women's (wahines) surfing competition in North Carolina returns to Wrightsville Beach this weekend featuring competitors from North Carolina, South Carolina and Virgina. The last wahine event in Wrightsville was held in 2011.
Girls and ladies of all ages. Primarily from North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. Partial list of early registrants include competitors from Virginia Beach, the Outer Banks, Folly Beach, Greensboro, Lumberton, Raleigh, Topsail Beach, Oak Island, Ocean Isle, Carolina Beach, Wrightsville Beach, etc. Estimated number of competitors: 70
Wrightsville Beach Wahine Classic
South Wrightsville Beach (Access #38 --- near Crystal Pier)
August 17 and 18 (Meet and greet Friday, August 16, 6 p.m.)
To provide east coast girls and ladies the opportunity to showcase their surf and SUP talent competitively in one of the World's 20 Best Surf Towns (National Geographic, 2012).
Rain or shine. In the event of thunderstorms, activities will be suspended as needed.
SHELBY, NC (WWAY) - Post 10 slugger Collin Thacker stopped by WWAY on the way to Shelby. Thacker and his Post 10 teammates begin play on Friday in in Shelby for the American Legion World Series. All games will be streamed live on ESPN3.com
The following are the eight American Legion World Series teams in Shelby:
Northeast Region – Branford, Conn.; sponsored by Post 83
Mid-Atlantic Region – Brooklawn, N.; sponsored by Post 72
Southeast Region – Wilmington, NC; sponsored by Post 10
Mid-South Region – Gonzales, LA; sponsored by Post 81
Great Lakes Region – Napoleon, Ohio; sponsored by Post 300
Central Plains Region – Burnsville, Minn.; sponsored by Post 1700
Northwest Region – Waipahu, Hawaii.
Western Region – Petaluma, Calif.; sponsored by Post 28
Click here for the tournament schedule and bracket: http://www.legion.org/uploads/baseball/alws2013/index.html
WIILMINGTON, NC (UNCW) -- The UNCW volleyball team was recognized for its work in the classroom as it was named a Team Academic Award recipient for the 2012-13 season by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA).
The Seahawks were the only current Colonial Athletic Association member to earn the award, which honors collegiate and high school volleyball teams that displayed excellence in the classroom during the previous school year by maintaining at least a 3.30 cumulative team grade point average. A total of 623 programs were recognized, including 131 Division I programs.
“This is a deserving award to a group of players that put forth a lot of time towards high academic achievement,” said UNCW Head Coach Amy Bambenek. “Commitment in the classroom is a focal point in our program and to be recognized amongst the top programs in the country is a great honor.”
The honor marked the fourth time in the past eight seasons that the Seahawks have been honored by the AVCA for their commitment to academics. The squad earned the award for three consecutive seasons between 2005-08.
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