Hammerheads win first round Open Cup match


WILMINGTON,NC (WWAY) — Hammerhead forward Andryi Budnny scored two goals in the second half to lead Wilmington to a solid 4-0 victory over the Central Florida Kraze in a first round game of the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup on Tuesday night at Legion Stadium. The Hammerheads will take on the Charlotte Eagles in the second round on Tuesday, June 21, at Legion Stadium in a 7:30 p.m. match.

Both teams struggled offensively on Tuesday in the opening 30 minutes with only two shots on goal, both by Budnyy. A fancy footed Jyler Noviello dribbled past the Kraze goalkeeper and several defenders and found the back of an open net for a 1-0 lead in the 33rd minute. Wilmington continued to control the play offensively when midfielder Luke Mulholland tucked his shot inside the far post off an assist from Noviello in the 42nd minute to increase the margin 2-0. The Hammerheads continue to manufacture scoring opportunities, out shooting the Kraze, 13-5, in the second half and in the 70th minute Budnyy’s third attempt on goal would not be denied as he fired one by the goalkeeper for his first goal of the match and a 3-0 Wilmington advantage. Just minutes later, Budnyy fought his way to the front of the goal and capped the scoring with his second goal of the evening in the 73rd minute. Mulholland was credited with an assist on the play.

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This Saturday, June 18, the Hammerheads will travel to Orlando, Fla., to take on league-leading Orlando City Lions in a 7:30 p.m. match.

article courtesy Wilmington Hammerheads
Make sure you catch our game report at 11pm on Tuesday’s WWAY newscast.


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