Wilmington Hammerheads add Georgetown alum, Maltese Premier League forward

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With less than two weeks to go before Wilmington Hammerheads FC get on the pitch to begin their preseason slate, the local pro soccer club announced the addition of forward Austin Martz to the 2016 USL roster, pending FIFA ITC approval.

Martz graduated from Georgetown last May and finished his senior year with four goals, three assists and won the team’s Most Improved Player award. He also led the Hoyas to their first-ever Big East Championship title. During his four years at Georgetown, his team won two Big East regular season titles and appeared in the sweet 16, elite 8, and the National Championship. Martz and his team even had the opportunity to train with Lionel Messi and Argentina’s full national team.

Austin Matz. Photo courtesy- Wilmington Hammerheads FC.
Austin Matz. Photo courtesy- Wilmington Hammerheads FC.

“The energy surrounding this season is already high,” said Martz. “Coach Briggs is bringing in a talented squad with a lot of players who don’t want to settle for a good season — they want to be part of a great season. It’s a new team for me, in a new league, and it’s a new opportunity for the Hammerheads to succeed. I can’t wait to meet the guys, staff, and be involved with the fans and community!”

After college, Martz signed his first professional contract with Pembroke Atleta FC in Malta’s top league, the BOV Premier League. While playing with Pembroke he tallied five goals and two assist in 16 matches and named the BOV Premier League player of the month in August and October of 2015.

“Austin is a player whose directness and exceptional speed will make him a great asset for the team,” said Head Coach Mark Briggs. “He has scored a number of goals in Malta and I would expect the same In the USL.”

Wilmington Hammerheads FC will hold its final player combine at Cape Fear Regional Soccer Park on Feb. 20-21, and kick off the preseason against the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on Sunday, February 28 at 3 p.m. at WRAL Soccer Park in Raleigh.