Photo courtesy Jay Schulman / Wilmington Hammerheads FC
WILMINGTON, N.C. – Wilmington Hammerheads FC got three assists from Stefan Defregger as it took a 3-0 victory against Toronto FC II on Saturday night at Legion Stadium. The Hammerheads got on the front foot early, and scored the opening goal 14 minutes in as Stefan Defregger’s cutback from the right side of the penalty area was put home by Casey Townsend. Defregger was at the center of the action again as Wilmington doubled its lead six minutes before halftime as he controlled a turnover in midfield and then slipped in Austin Martz for a finish into the left corner. Defregger added this third assist of the night arrived a minute into the second half, Logan Miller the beneficiary of his cross from the right for a header,
14’ – WIL – Casey Townsend (Stefan Defregger)
39’ – WIL – Austin Martz (Stefan Defregger)
46’ – WIL – Logan Miller (Stefan Defregger)
Three Things That Matter:
1. After maybe their most disappointing performance of the season last weekend in New York, Wilmington wanted to rebound strongly in front of its home crowd. The Hammerheads did just that with a win that moved them to 20 points this season, right in the mix in the Eastern Conference playoff race as they reached the midway point of the season.
2. Stefan Defregger was one of only a handful of holdovers from Wilmington’s disappointing 2015 season, but so far this year hadn’t had much opportunity to build on his bright moments for the side. On Saturday the midfielder took the leading role as his three assists set up three different teammates to find the net. With a good outing behind him, Defregger will take some confidence moving forward, and could get a chance at a first extended run in the team this season.
3. It was a tough night overall for Toronto, as several key absences saw some newcomers to the starting lineup. That likely led to some of the errors that helped the Hammerheads maintain the upper hand, particularly on Austin Martz’s goal six minutes before halftime that really served as a key moment. While the effort was there for much of the game, TFC II’s players will take the game as an important learning experience as they look to finish the season strongly.
USLSoccer.com Man of the Match
Stefan Defregger, Wilmington Hammerheads FC – The midfielder recorded assists on all three of the Hammerheads goal in a breakout performance that could spark his season to life.
Wilmington Hammerheads FC at Charlotte Independence – July 9, 7 p.m. ET, Ramblewood Stadium
Toronto FC II vs. Bethlehem Steel FC – July 6, 7:30 p.m. ET, Ontario Soccer Centre