Wilmington Hammerheads FC traveled to Virginia on Saturday night for a USL Eastern Conference contest against one of the top clubs in league play and with the score tied 0-0 at the half, lighting and torrential rain in the Richmond area forced the match to be cut short as both teams earned one point in the standings.
The Hammerheads set the tone offensively through the opening stages to apply pressure on Richmond goalkeeper Travis Worra, but the Kickers defense was up to task.
Wilmington took four straight corner kicks midway through the first half and earned eight through the opening 45 minutes, but were unable to connect on a variety of services as timely defense helped Richmond keep the game scoreless.
Despite playing without their top two goalkeepers because of injury and red card suspension, the Hammerheads held strong until the Kickers found their legs in the final stages of the period when a header from Matthew Delicate gave the home side a good look at net, but the ball sailed just over the crossbar.
Keith Cardona also made a diving stop minutes later for Wilmington to send the game into halftime scoreless.
The Hammerheads have eight points overall and remain towards the bottom of the USL standings, 11 points out of the sixth and final spot for playoff contention. Richmond is in second place in the eastern conference, three points behind the first place Rochester Rhinos.
Wilmington continues a three-game road swing with a trip north of the border for a date with FC Montreal on Thursday, June 25.