Hammerheads look to move up standings on the road this weekend

WILMINGTON, NC (HAMMERHEADS) — The Wilmington Hammerheads embark on a close trip to North Carolina neighbor, Charlotte Independence; where they will play this Saturday, July 9th at Ramblewood Soccer Complex.

The last encounter between Wilmington and Charlotte on May 10th resulted in a 1-1 tie. Charlotte is currently ranked fifth, Wilmington’s desired spot. Although Wilmington stands in eighth place, they travel to Charlotte in hopes of securing a higher spot for playoffs. Head coach Mark Briggs stated, “Although we are in a playoff position at the moment, winning Saturday’s game would be huge for us.” He continued, “Where Charlotte currently sits is our ideal position. It’s high enough in the playoff standings where we could have a great chance to go far this year. We just need to work hard and dominate the game.”

Both teams played over the holiday weekend. Charlotte tied Orlando City B 1-1, which brought them to a 7-4-4 record. Wilmington played Toronto FC II winning 3-0 landing them with a 5-5-5 record.

Players to Watch

Wilmington:

o Bruno Perone

– #23 Defender

– Team’s lead goal scorer, with 4 goals

– Played 15 games this season

o Stefan Defregger

– #18 Midfielder

– Impressive last game with 3 assists, overall

– Second lead on team in assists

o Kyle Parker

– #22 forward

– Previously went to UNCC and played for the 49ers

– Played 14 games this season

– Scored 3 goals, tied with defender Ashani Fairclough as second lead scorer

Each team has a lot of potential and are close in the standings. Coach Briggs concluded, “Playing in our backyard creates a huge rival for us. We need to play hard, smart, and win this game to secure a spot for the remainder of the season.” He continued, “Charlotte has a lot of potential, but I think we have more if we play our A game.”

Join Wilmington’s fans at the official watch party location, The Fox & Hound, this Saturday to watch Wilmington take on Charlotte. Kick-off is set for 7pm. If you can’t watch the match at The Fox & Hound, you can catch all the action online by visiting the USL’s match center and stream the game live online.

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