LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Wilmington scored in stoppage time for a second consecutive contest to earn a 2-2 draw with Louisville City FC in front of a crowd of 7,761 fans at Slugger Field on Saturday night. Wilmington (4-4-4, 16pts) opened the scoring in the 17th minute as the Hammerheads held possession well after a corner kick, and a low cross by Jeff Michaud was tapped home by Kyle Parker from close range. Louisville’s Aodhan Quinn almost answered as a free kick from the right eluded everyone in the penalty area, only for the ball to come back off the right post, but Hoffman found the equalizer four minutes before halftime to level the score. Louisville (8-1-4, 28pts) struck again three minutes into the second half, as Hoffman put home a near-post finish from Kyle Smith’s cross from the right, but as the game went into stoppage time Peabo Doue scrambled home a finish from a corner to earn his side a point.
17’ – WIL – Kyle Parker (Jeff Michaud)
42’ – LOU – Chandler Hoffman (Mark-Anthony Kaye)
48’ – LOU – Chandler Hoffman (Kyle Smith)
90+ -- WIL – Peabo Doue
Three Things That Matter:
• 1. Wilmington had a good game plan, and in particular executed well in the team’s understanding of when to try and press the ball. The Hammerheads’ ability to read loose passes by the hosts gave them opportunities on the counter-attack, and as a result Wilmington actually held a 6-5 advantage in shots through the opening 45 minutes. The smartness exhibited by players like Mael Corboz in particular will serve the side well for the rest of the season.
• 2. Chandler Hoffman re-found his feel for movement in the penalty area, and was rewarded with a pair of beautiful crosses by Mark-Anthony Kaye and Kyle Smith to give Louisville its opening two goals. Kaye’s delivery in particular was very well delivered, and found the right pocket of space between defenders that Hoffman had drifted to as the hosts got a key goal just before the halftime break that paved the way to victory.
• 3. Wilmington refused to let its heads drop in the second half after conceding early, and used its short passing and movement to try and find avenues through Louisville’s defense for an equalizer. In the end, though, it was an old-fashioned scramble in the penalty area as everyone pushed up late that saw the Hammerheads earn their reward, with Peabo Doue in the right place at the right time to earn his side a point.
USLSoccer.com Man of the Match
Chandler Hoffman, Louisville City FC – Hoffman notched his ninth and 10th goals of the season to move into a tie with Vancouver’s Kyle Greig for second in the league as his movement off the ball caused Wilmington’s defense problems throughout the night.
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