Wilmington Hammerheads FC will be celebrating 20 seasons from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, April 20, aboard the USS North Carolina Battleship. The Port City’s only professional sports organization invites fans to “kick” back at this free, family-friendly event with past and present Hammerhead players.
“Being with the Hammerheads over the past several years I have witnessed incredible support from the community,” said Wilmington Hammerheads FC General Manager Jason Arnold. “The organization displays nothing but professionalism in the players as well as everyone behind the scenes. It’s a great organization to be a part of.”
With a few weeks still to go before the Wilmington faithful head to the battleship, which celebrated its 75th birthday on April 9, the home crowd is hungry for a result on the home pitch. The Hammerheads’ last win in Wilmington came back on August 8, 2015.
Despite suffering its first setback of the season when a late goal sent Wilmington home with zero points during the trip to Charleston this past weekend, the Hammerheads look to be a revitalized group as new additions to the club have already played a big role in the 1-1-1 start. This Sunday’s matinee match against winless FC Montreal presents an opportune time to prove their perseverance.
A veteran Charleston club took a 1-0 lead nearly off the opening kick last week, but Wilmington’s improved back line stymied what could have been an increased deficit early in the first half, limiting any clear-cut scoring chances until the game-winner by Thomas Mueller in the 85th minute.
Newcomer Bruno Perone notched his first score of the season to equalize after connecting off a free kick from Mael Corboz for the first score upon the Battery defense in 2016.
Corboz, one of 16 first-year players on the Hammerheads, swung in a cross from a dead ball on the right side and the 6-foot, 4-inch center back rose up for the header. Corboz now has two assists on Wilmington’s three goals in as many matches played.
FC Montreal has tallied just once, with a 0-2 mark after dropping both home contests this season. Montreal begins a six-game road stretch against Wilmington.
Kickoff at Legion Stadium is set for 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 17. Wilmington Hammerheads FC closes a two-game home stand with the second of five Friday night contests on April 22 versus New York Red Bulls II.