- Published on Wednesday, 10 July 2013 23:04
- Written by Super User
Steres tallies both goals to keep Hammerheads afloat
The Wilmington Hammerheads held the league leaders Orlando City Soccer Club at Legion Stadium on Wednesday night in a 2-2 draw. Hammerheads midfielder Daniel Steres added both goals for Wilmington to equalize the score with Orlando and to remain undefeated at Legion for the last five matches.
Wilmington started the match with high intensity as forward Kyle Greig went in for a header in the 6th minute, only to have it trail directly into the hands of Orlando goalkeeper, Miguel Gallardo. Greig bounced back shortly thereafter as he tallied an assist onto Daniel Steres' first goal of the night in the 8th minute, advancing the Hammerheads 1-0 over the Lions. In his first appearance at Legion Stadium with the Wilmington Hammerheads this season, forward Mickael Oliveira took several attempts on goal but was denied many opportunities to find the back of the net. With a crucial attempt to give the Hammerheads an insurance goal early in the match, Oliveira beat Gallardo on the ball in the penalty area for shot, unfortunately putting too much on the kick and sending the ball over the crossbar.
Orlando came close to equalizing the match off a free kick at the top of the penalty area from midfielder Adama Mbengue as the half began to close in, but was soon denied off a deflection from Hammerheads goalkeeper Troy Hernandez. Orlando received their first opportunity to tie the match in the 66th minute off a goal by midfielder Jamie Watson. Orlando then increased the score 2-1 in the 79th minute as Mbengue got a body on the ball in a scuffle in front of the Wilmington goal.
The Hammerheads were able to once again equalize the score as forward Cody Arnoux was taken down by Gallardo in the penalty area, resulting in a penalty kick by Steres that added his second goal of the evening. Arnoux followed with a breakaway and a hard hit off the crossbar to attempt to increase the score for the victory, but was deemed offsides thus returning possession back to Orlando in the final minutes.