Mael Corboz scored the winner with seven minutes remaining in regulation as Wilmington Hammerheads FC took a 3-1 result against Toronto FC II at the Ontario Soccer Centre on Sunday night.
Corboz’s first goal of the season couldn’t have come at a better time for the Hammerheads, who took a vital three points on the road to vault themselves back into the playoff conversation. Through 10 games, Wilmington improved to 3-4-3 within the eastern conference table of the United Soccer League.
Toronto came out much the brighter side as its crisp passing repeatedly put the Hammerheads on their heels. After coming very close to opening his account previously, Shaan Hundal’s first professional goal in the 23rd minute put the home team in front.
Wilmington remained resilient and found the equalizer seven minutes later from the penalty spot as Bruno Perone gave the Hammerheads life and a 1-1 tie at halftime.
The visitors from the Port City struggled to hang in the game for the opening half-hour, but Wilmington came to life as a defensive lapse let them get back on level terms on Perone’s team-leading fourth goal of the season.
Playing with a man advantage after Skylar Thomas was issued a second yellow card for Toronto with 30 minutes to play, it was going to be essential for the Hammerheads to press their advantage. Corboz found the decisive finish with an excellent strike from the right side of the penalty area in the 83rd minute for his first professional goal to go along with three assists this season.
Matthew Barnes-Homer put the match away in stoppage time on the counter attack as Wilmington Hammerheads FC grabbed their first win in five tries within the USL.
Wilmington Hammerheads FC continues a grueling week ahead with a trip to south Florida for a date with Miami FC of the North American Soccer League for the third round of the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup Tournament. It’ll be the second of three scheduled matches within the next week as Wilmington returns to league play against Harrisburg City Islanders at Legion Stadium on Friday, June 3.