Hammerheads bounce back with 3-0 result in New Jersey

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Wilmington Hammerheads FC closed out the weekend road trip with its first result of the season in a 3-0 shutout over New York Red Bulls II late Sunday afternoon in Harrison, New Jersey.

Nick Zimmerman struck twice in the first half against the organization, which selected the midfielder in the 2009 MLS SuperDraft, while Andres Mendoza buried the final goal on a penalty kick in the 88th minute.

Red Bulls II goalkeeper Santiago Castano was active early and often in the opening period as Wilmington looked to set tempo coming off Friday’s setback in Richmond.

Wilmington returns home after a win on Sunday. Photo courtesy- Wilmington Hammerheads FC
Wilmington returns home after a win on Sunday. Photo courtesy Wilmington Hammerheads FC.

In the 11th minute, Castano tipped an early chance from Tommy McNamara over the bar and shortly afterwards a Sunny Jane strike destined for the lower left-hand corner was also denied from a diving effort by Castano.

The Hammerheads broke the deadlock moments later in the 22nd minute when Zimmerman scored the first goal of the match. Wilmington forced a turnover and charged forward on an odd-man rush. Corben Bone passed off to Zimmerman who was charging down the right-side. He powered the low shot through the legs of Castano and it was the first time Red Bulls II has ever trailed in history. Zimmerman again punished Red Bulls II in the 43rd minute when a low cross deflected off the sliding Mike da Fonte and directly to the feet of Zimmerman, who tapped home from close distance.

Wilmington closed out the game in the 86th minute when a breakaway forced Castano to take out the Hammerheads attacker. Castano received a red-card, and although Rafael Diaz guessed correctly on the direction of Andres Mendoza’s attempt, he couldn’t make the save on a well taken shot.

With one win and two draws through four matches, the Hammerheads have five points and jumped into fourth place among the 12-member USL Pro Eastern Conference. Wilmington returns to the pitch at Legion Stadium for a brief two game home stand beginning on Sunday.