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Wilmington 1-3 Louisville City

Another game, another win for Louisville City. Team Purple stepped onto the high school football field that moonlights as Wilmington Hammerheads FC’s soccer stadium on Saturday night and left with three points after the final whistle. While Louisville dominated possession for most of the game, Wilmington had a few dangerous chances that they were unlucky not to convert into goals.

The match started fast, and City probably should have earned a penalty kick in the opening minute or so of the match when Matt Fondy was taken down near the spot. Just a few ticks later, the referee actually saw another foul in Wilmington’s 18 yard box and City was finally granted the spot kick in the 4th minute. MAG RAM, who has mostly taken over PK duties for Les Bourbons, flubbed his effort right at Andre Rawls, though, and the score would remain at zeroes.

Not for long, though. On the other end of the field, Wilmington won a penalty on a very soft (if not phantom) foul in the area, and Brian Ackley converted his kick past Goodwin in the 24th minute to pick up the Hammerheads’ first home goal since June. Louisville City again mostly dominated possession for the rest of the half and, just before the halftime whistle, Enrique “Enricky Moreno” Montano curled in a great ball off a corner kick from the left that an unmarked Matt Fondy powered past Rawls with his hair to even the score.

The second half began much as the first ended with City taking the game to Wilmington. Six minutes into the period, the Bourbons were fouled in a dangerous spot on the left corner of Wilmington’s 18 yard box. Charlie Adams took the free kick which went totally untouched by anyone except Conor Shanosky, who put enough on the Adams’s low cross to get the ball past Rawls to put City up for the first time in the match. Just five minutes later, Adams popped up again on the left side of the box after a good switch of the point of attack in the final third by City to rifle a shot into the back of the net for what would prove to be the final tally of the match. Qudus Lawal put a dangerous effort off the crossbar in the second stanza, but after Adams’s goal the Weirdo Sharks only had one shot on goal.

The win is City’s fifth in a row, second away win in a row, and puts Team Purple in second place in the East on 35 points for at least a little while, depending on how Charleston’s visit to Rochester goes on Sunday. Wilmington continued their home winless streak and remain at the bottom of the ocean league.

Louisville City FC
Team Stats
Score 3
Shots 8
Saves 4
Corners 2
Fouls 7
Offsides 1
Wilmington Hammerheads FC
Team Stats
Score 1
Shots 9
Saves 3
Corners 6
Fouls 3
Offsides 1
Other notes:
  • That kids beach soccer game was pretty fun!
  • In addition to learning how to call a soccer game, Wilmington’s broadcast crew might also want to learn what the term “capacity crowd” means.
  • No Adam West sighting 🙁
  • I can’t recall the last time Louisville was outshot in a game, or that City gave up more corners than they got. And they won 3-1.