Wilmington Hammerheads issue statement, players focused on late season push

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WILMINGTON – After days of uncertainty surrounding the future of the Port City’s only professional sports organization, Wilmington Hammerheads FC released a statement early Wednesday reiterating the club’s dedication to the current season and the team’s push for a spot in the USL playoffs.

“Wilmington Hammerheads FC are currently playing in the USL and focused on securing a playoff spot in the league’s Eastern Conference,” Wilmington Hammerheads FC Communication Director Morgan Pare said via a news release. “The Hammerheads are committed to soccer in the Wilmington community and appreciate your continued support.”

Wilmington Hammerheads FC are back on the pitch this weekend in New York.- Wilmington Hammerheads FC.
Wilmington Hammerheads FC are back on the pitch this weekend in New York.- Wilmington Hammerheads FC.

Despite the recent rumors of the Wilmington Hammerheads hiatus in 2017 and departure from the Port City. Wilmington still has two months to go this season and the boys were back to work this week at Coastal Christian High School looking for a spark, with three of their next four games on the road.

Wilmington suffered an embarrassing 4-1 setback at home against a struggling Pittsburgh club this past Saturday, extending its winless streak to four straight. The Hammerheads conceded 13 goals versus just four tallies during that time frame.

One of the lone bright spots in the loss came midway through the second half when Jermie Lynch made his Wilmington debut, notching the only goal of the match for the Hammerheads. Lynch, who’s on loan from Saint Louis FC, made an immediate impact in the attacking third.

Wilmington’s leading scorer and key center back, Bruno Perone, should be returning after serving a one-game suspension. Perone has five goals this season, but scoring has been hard to come by for a club that has a minus seven goals for/against average.

At 6-8-6 overall and 24 points in the USL Eastern Conference Table, the Hammerheads sit four points back from the eighth and final playoff spot. Wilmington has a 2-4-3 record on the road, but still in the mix for a potential postseason appearance.

Rochester continues a busy week after dropping a 1-0 contest against Richmond on Wednesday. Christian Volesky has a team-high six tallies this season. The Rhinos stand at 8-5-8 overall, with 32 points as a middle of the pack team in the eastern conference.

Kickoff between Wilmington and Rochester is set for 7 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 6. The Hammerheads then travel to the Queen City for a date with Charlotte Independence on Saturday, Aug. 13.