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North Carolina's Kelly Leads Initial Hammerheads FC Signings

03/06/2017, 4:30pm EST
By PDL Staff

UNC midfielder and Penn defender Wancowicz join franchise ahead of 2017 season

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Photo courtesy of Wilmington Hammerheads FC / Jeremy Kelly (29) against Syracuse

Wilmington Hammerheads FC revealed its first two player signings for the 2017 Premier Development League season, and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill midfielder Jeremy Kelly headlines the pair.

Kelly will join University of Pennsylvania defender Sam Wancowicz, pending league approval, in Wilmington, North Carolina, for the 23rd PDL regular season.

“Jeremy is a very dangerous attacking player and comes to us from one of the best college soccer programs in the country,” Hammerheads FC Head Coach Kevin Johnson said. “I think he has the potential to be a fan-favorite this summer, for sure.”

Kelly, a 5-foot-10 midfielder from Chapel Hill, will begin his sophomore campaign with the Tar Heels this fall. He appeared in 21 games for North Carolina during the 2016 college season, scoring three goals and recording three assists to help the program reach the College Cup. He has made two appearances for the U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team since 2016, scoring one goal.

Wancowicz is preparing for his senior college campaign with Penn in 2017. In 2016, the defender scored four goals in 14 games. The defender played for the Baltimore Bohemians in the PDL from 2015-16, scoring five goals and recording one assist in 26 games (2,178 minutes).

“Sam is one of the top right backs in the country,” Penn Head Coach Rudy Fuller said. “He is an outstanding defender that also has the ability to get forward and join the attack. He is capable of creating goals off of his service, or scoring from second range on his own. As a junior captain this past fall, his leadership was invaluable to our young team throughout the season.

"I am confident that the Wilmington Hammerheads organization and fan-base will come to appreciate Sam and what he brings to the field and the locker room. He is a winner. Hopefully, Sam will be the first of many Penn Soccer players that join the Wilmington organization in the years ahead."

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