Photo courtesy Wilmington Hammerheads FC
FC Cincinnati made progress toward improving their playoff seeding with a 2-0 victory over the Wilmington Hammerheads on Sunday. Sean “Ugo” Okoli scored the first goal in the 30th minute when Wilmington goalkeeper John Smits spilled a difficult cross from his left side. Okoli knocked the ball into an open net from close range, tallying his 15th of the season (tied for 1st in USL). Andrew Wiedeman added another for the Orange and Blue in the 64th with a great individual effort. He evaded a defender and the keeper’s challenge to find space behind and slot the ball home from the left side. Both goals featured noteworthy skill from FC Cincinnati but were aided by less than perfect goalkeeping by their opponent. The game was disjointed at times, with possession changing frequently, and suffered from play under hot and humid conditions in the Carolina sun.
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Team captain Austin Berry left the match with an injury after 52 minutes. FC Cincinnati continues their road trip on Wednesday and continues their search for maximum points when they face the Pittsburgh Riverhounds. Stay tuned to Orange and Blue Press for coverage of this week’s action.
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