WILMINGTON, NC (HAMMERHEADS) — Wilmington Hammerheads FC and Oklahoma City Energy FC ended in a 2-2 draw at Legion Stadium on Friday night. This is the only meeting between the two teams during the USL PRO regular season.
Forward Sammy Ochoa scored the first goal of the match in the 45th minute off an assist by Mickael Oliveira breaking his tie from teammate Steven Miller and becoming the current leading goal-scorer for the Hammerheads with four.
Minutes into the second half, Oliveira took a hard shot on Energy goalkeeper Jon Kempin before Oklahoma’s Phillip Lund brought the match to a tie in the 50th minute after a through ball over the Hammerheads backline into empty space.
Hammerheads midfielder Tom Parratt claimed his first goal of the season in the 64th minute on a loose ball on the near post, tapping it over the goal line and giving the Hammerheads the 2-1 advantage. The Hammerheads were forced down to 10 players late in the second half after defender Yahaya Musa received a red card in the 70th minute resulting in his dismissal.
Oklahoma equalized the score in the 78th minute as forward Kyle Greig headed the ball past Hammerheads goalkeeper Quillan Roberts off a play from the corner of the pitch. Both sides took attempts to increase the score in the final minutes of the match. Energy midfielder Paul Wyatt took an opportunity on Roberts in Hammerheads territory that was soon retaliated by Wilmington midfielder Paul Nicholson in stoppage time with a shot attempt at the top of the penalty area.
The Energy travel to Charlotte to take on the Eagles on Saturday, June 7 at Queens Sports Complex.
The Hammerheads are scheduled to play their next match on the road versus the Richmond Kickers on Saturday, June 14 at City Stadium before hosting their Major League Soccer affiliate Toronto FC on Wednesday, June 18 at Legion Stadium in a friendly match. The team will be holding a meet and greet on field prior to the match at Legion Stadium from 5:45 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. that is open to the public.