Wilmington, NC - The Chicago Fire Reserves and USL PRO's Wilmington Hammerheads played to a 2-2 draw Saturday night at Legion Stadium.
Wilmington put forth pressure on Chicago at the beginning of the match as forward Jordan Hamilton had the first shot of the night with a ground ball across the front of the goal. The Hammerheads followed with a few more attempts, but it was Chicago's Dilly Duka that put the first point on the board in the 27th minute.
Hammerheads forward Sammy Ochoa was offered an opportunity on goal with a penalty kick after teammate Mickael Oliveira was taken down in the box, but was denied by a diving save by goalkeeper Kyle Reynish leaving the Hammerheads scoreless at the half.
Forward Jordan Hamilton scored the Hammerheads first goal of the night and his fourth goal of the season in the 50th minute off a cross by Ochoa, matching Ochoa for team leader in goals. Soon after, the Hammerheads dropped again to a deficit of one as Chicago's Juan Luis Anangono put the ball into the back of the net in the 58th minute.
It was Hammerheads midfielder Will Heaney that equalized the score in stoppage time with a hard shot into the back of the net and increasing Wilmington's unbeaten streak to eight consecutive matches during the current regular season.
CHI – Dilly Duka (unassisted) 27’
WIL – Jordan Hamilton (Sammy Ochoa) 50’
CHI – Juan Luis Anangono (unassisted) 58’
WIL – Will Heaney (unassisted) 90+’
CHI - Steven Kinney (caution) 42'
WIL – Manu Aparacio (caution) 86’
CHI – Benji Joya (caution) 90+’
WIL – Matt Glaeser (ejection) 90+’
Chicago Fire: Kyle Reynish; Lovel Palmer (Giuseppe Gentile 46’), Steven Kinney, Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, Marco Franco; Victor Pineda, Chris Ritter, Alex, Benji Joya, Dilly Duka; Juan Luis Anangono
Substitutes not used: Sawyer Jackman**, Cristian Sanchez**, Jorge Lee**, Djordje Mihalovic**
Wilmington Hammerheads: Q. Roberts; Albert Edward, Ashani Fairclough (Sunny Jane 54’), Drew Ruggles, Christian Davidson; Tom Parratt, Paul Nicholson (Will Heaney 80’), Steven Miller (Manu Aparicio 76’); Mickael Oliveira (Brian Ackley 81’), Sammy Ochoa (Cody Arnoux 70’), Jordan Hamilton
Substitutes not used: Matt Glaeser, Jason Watson
Referees: Matthew Jozaitis, Jude Carr, Tyler McCauley, Jordan Davis
WATCH: Chicago Fire Reserves 2, Wilmington Hammerheads 2