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Hammerheads pick up 2 important wins over Charelston and Dayton

8/2 - Wilmington 2 Charlelston 1 - In the first few minutes of play Wilmington forward Cody Arnoux collided mid-air with Charleston goalkeeper Odisnel Cooper as he tried for the attempt. Cooper was unable to grip the ball and it was released back into play as Wilmington’s Greig followed through for a shot that soared inches above the crossbar.
Wilmington made the score 1-0 off a goal by Greig in the 39th minute, assisted by Tom Parratt. It was Greig’s fourth goal of the USL PRO regular season with the Wilmington Hammerheads.
The Battery were reduced to 10 men in the 54th minute after a scuffle broke out between the teams and midfielder Quinton Griffith was dismissed from the match after receiving a red card.
Wilmington forward Mickael Oliveira scored his first goal at Legion Stadium, and his second of the season, off a pass by Shawn Nicklaw in the penalty area in the 75th minute of play to make it 2-0. The lead was cut in half by the Battery during stoppage time as Charleston’s Haviel Cordoves broke the shutout bid.
In the first few minutes of play Wilmington forward Cody Arnoux collided mid-air with Charleston goalkeeper Odisnel Cooper as he tried for the attempt. Cooper was unable to grip the ball and it was released back into play as Wilmington’s Greig followed through for a shot that soared inches above the crossbar. Wilmington made the score 1-0 off a goal by Greig in the 39th minute, assisted by Tom Parratt. It was Greig’s fourth goal of the USL PRO regular season with the Wilmington Hammerheads.
The Battery were reduced to 10 men in the 54th minute after a scuffle broke out between the teams and midfielder Quinton Griffith was dismissed from the match after receiving a red card.
Wilmington forward Mickael Oliveira scored his first goal at Legion Stadium, and his second of the season, off a pass by Shawn Nicklaw in the penalty area in the 75th minute of play to make it 2-0. The lead was cut in half by the Battery during stoppage time as Charleston’s Haviel Cordoves broke the shutout bid.
• 8/4 - Wilmington 1 Dayton 0 - The Wilmington Hammerheads captured three much-needed road points Sunday night with a 1-0 win against the Dayton Dutch Lions at Beavercreek Stadium. A goal by Hammerheads forward Kyle Greig off a Shawn Nicklaw corner kick in the 57th minute was all Wilmington needed as its defense held firm.
Dayton’s recent road trip seemed to produce heavy legs as it began the first half flat with uncharacteristically troublesome touches. Wilmington took advantage of the decreased energy and made several runs toward Dayton goalkeeper Matt Williams, but the Dutch Lions’ defense stayed with Greig and Richard Isberner, keeping Wilmington scoreless in the first half with smart positioning and great steps into the ball’s path. Dayton missed a golden opportunity in the 23rd minute with a brilliant run down the left flank by Eli Garner, who threaded a precise cross from the endline that appeared headed on goal. Wilmington defender Uriah Bentick stepped just in front of the goal line and sent the ball out, denying Dayton its chance. The teams headed to the locker room with no score on the board.
The second half started slow as well, and Wilmington used its physical talent to muscle the ball toward the Dayton goal. Gregory Preciado stepped up and denied a goal attempt by Nicklaw right in the 46th minute when Williams shot off the line only to watch a volley head toward goal, with Preciado assuring it didn’t make it in.
The Hammerheads took the lead shortly thereafter as Greig scored his fifth goal of the season, and second in as many games. After the Hammerheads goal, Dayton shifted its play to match Wilmington's physicality and upped the tempo of the game. Dayton had several opportunities to even the score, including a shot by Gibson Bardsley from long-range that was denied by Tuttle, and an 85th-minute Shintaro Harada corner kick which Joe Broekhuizen headed just wide of the goal.
“There wasn’t a lot of flow in the game,” Dayton Coach Patrick Bal said. “Their men were really physical and we weren’t able to stay with them in the first 60 minutes of the game.” Bal noted the adjustment the Dayton team made after the Wilmington goal.
“After their score we made it a lot more physical - we played with them a lot tougher. There still wasn’t a lot of flow offensively, although we got a couple of chances by Eli and Gibson’s shot. We just weren’t good enough today.”