CHARLOTTE – A struggling Wilmington Hammerheads FC closes out a two-game road swing with a trip to the Queen City for a date with Charlotte Independence on Saturday, Aug. 13.
Charlotte and Wilmington prepare for their third face off this season. Wilmington is still fighting for a playoff seed, currently standing in 10th within the United Soccer League (USL) Eastern Conference, while Charlotte sits in seventh place.
The Hammerheads are on a five-game winless streak following a 2-0 setback at Rochester. In 21 games played, Wilmington has a minus nine goals for/against average. Bruno Perone remains the team’s leading scorer with five tallies.
With 24 points in the standings and nine matches remaining in the regular season, the Hammerheads (6-9-6 overall, 24 points) are seven points back from the eighth and final playoff spot.
“We have nine games, including this weekend’s, remaining in the season,” said Wilmington Hammerheads FC Coach Mark Briggs. “That means we have nine more opportunities to secure a playoff seed. We continue to train hard and need to fight harder to get there.”
Newcomer Jermie Lynch has accumulated 125 minutes of playing time since his signing and scored his first goal with Wilmington in his first appearance.
Meanwhile, Charlotte is coming off a 2-2 draw against Bethlehem Steel FC. The Independence has a 2-0-2 over their last four contests, with a plus seven goal differential. Enzo Martinez and Caleb Calvert share the team lead with six scores this season.
Wilmington hosted Charlotte on May 10 and played to a 1-1 tie. Most recently, the Hammerheads grabbed a 2-1 result in Charlotte on July 9, which was the last time the Wilmington side grabbed three points and a win.