Hammerheads fall to Chattanooga FC

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Chattanooga FC advanced to the third round of U.S. Open Cup following a 6-4 victory over Wilmington Hammerheads FC in a penalty shootout at Legion Stadium on Wednesday night.

Wilmington took a 1-0 lead in the 35th minute after Christian Bassogog was taken down in the penalty area by Jon Finlay, allowing Nick Zimmerman to step up for the penalty kick, sinking the shot into the lower left corner of the net.

Wilmington returns to action in Charleston on May 30. Photo courtesy- Wilmington Hammerheads FC
Wilmington returns to action in Charleston on May 30. Photo courtesy Wilmington Hammerheads FC.

Chattanooga came back to equalize the score in the second half after Sean Rutter lofted a through ball to the right side of the field finding Samuel Goni, who crossed to Chris Ochieng for the volley and goal.

The Hammerheads attempted to capitalize in the final minutes of the match on a throw-in by Andrae Campbell as Bassogog hit a left-footed volley off the play in the penalty area that soared just above the crossbar, leaving both teams entering two fifteen minute overtime periods.

Cody Arnoux came into the first period with a left-footed ground ball just wide of the left post as both sides had several opportunities to capitalize in extra time.

With just seconds remaining in the second overtime period, Wilmington’s Ross Tomaselli took a corner kick for the last attempt at a victory before heading into a penalty shootout. Ashani Fairclough leaped for the header on goal, but Baker denied the attempt and tallied the save.

Chattanooga outscored the Hammerheads 5-3 in the penalty shootout, leading to an overall match score of 6-4.

Chattanooga will host the Atlanta Silverbacks in the third round of U.S. Open Cup on Wednesday, May 27. Wilmington Hammerheads FC is scheduled to play their next regular season match on Saturday, May 30, on the road against the Charleston Battery at Blackbaud Stadium in South Carolina.