Wilmington Hammerheads FC was able to find the back of the net for the first time since June 25, but Louisville City FC equalized just before the break and scored twice more early in the second half for a 3-1 result at Legion Stadium on Saturday night.
Louisville City won its fifth straight match to move into second place atop the USL Eastern Conference standings, while Wilmington searches for its first victory at home this season, falling to 2-11-6 overall.
Both sides earned a share of early chances before Brian Ackley put the Hammerheads in front when the Wilmington forward buried a penalty kick in the 25th minute towards the lower right end of frame to give the home team a 1-0 advantage.
Qudus Lawall gave the Hammerheads its first opportunity when he slid a pass to Corben Bone moving deep into the final third, but a strong first touch resulted in an easy save for Louisville keeper Scott Goodwin. Andre Rawls kept the match scoreless minutes later when the Wilmington goalie stopped a penalty kick after Matt Fondy was brought down inside the box.
With the opening period winding down and Louisville gaining possession, Enrique Montano sent a corner kick to the far post and Fondy was rewarded for a strong first half with the equalizer in stoppage time before the break.
Lawall nearly gave the Hammerheads an early second half lead, but a blast from just inside the 18 yard box deflected off a Louisville defender and crossbar to keep the match even before two unanswered goals minutes apart put the game away for the visitors.
A set piece from Charlie Adams found Conor Shanosky for the one-timer and 2-1 cushion in the 51st minute, while Adams rocketed a ball into the upper 90 four minutes later to seal the match.
The Hammerheads return to the pitch on Saturday, Aug. 1, at Pittsburgh and return to the Port City for a date with New York Red Bulls II on Saturday Aug. 8.