With international attention north of the border as quarterfinal action at the FIFA Women’s World Cup continued in Canada on Saturday, Wilmington Hammerheads FC wrapped up a weeklong road trip in a 1-nil setback at Toronto FC II.
Coming off their first result since mid-April on Thursday against FC Montreal, the Hammerheads surrendered a stoppage time goal at the end of the first half by forward Jordan Hamilton to record Toronto’s first tally since May 14.
Both sides struggled to keep possession throughout most of the match because of wet and windy conditions, but Hamilton was sent in alone and had a shot deflected out for a corner by Wilmington Hammerheads FC goalkeeper Andre Rawls. On the ensuing service, Hamilton beat his defender to the near post and flicked the cross on target for the score. It was his second goal of the season.
An accidental hand ball called against Toronto FC II right back Wesley Charpie gave Wilmington an opportunity to tie the game in the 76th minute, but goalkeeper Quillan Roberts read the penalty perfectly, diving low to his right to get a hand on the ball off the attempt by Corben Bone.
The Hammerheads finished 1-1 on the brief road swing and have 11 points through 15 matches this season. Wilmington sits 11th out of the 12 team eastern conference standings, eight points from playoff contention heading into a midweek contest against Saint Louis FC on Wednesday, July 1. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m. at Legion Stadium.