Piranhas look to remain unbeaten at home when Northern Virginia visits the Sportsplex tomorrow night.
The Virginia Beach Piranhas look to get their offense back on track when they host the Northern Virginia Majestics at the Virginia Beach Sportsplex Wednesday night. The Piranhas were held scoreless for only the second time this season during Saturday's 0-0 tie vs Fredericksburg. Now, with only five games remaining in the 2012 season, the Piranhas will need as many points as possible to make a push for postseason play.
Wednesday's matchup with Northern Virginia (0-5-0) will be a rematch of a June 1st meeting between the two sides. The Piranhas (3-2-2) shutout the Majestics in that game behind Rasheeda Ansari's two goals. Ansari, who leads the Piranhas with 10 points, missed Saturday's match with the Impact. Without Ansari, the Piranhas will rely on the strong play of goalkeeper Marbel Egwuenu and high scorer Esther Anyanwu. Anyanwu's size and speed has proven troublesome for opponents; an advantage the Piranhas hope to capitalize on versus Northern Virginia. Though the team failed to score in the last game, the Piranhas outshot the Impact, and Anyanwu was thought to have scored in the second half only to have the goal disallowed on an offsides call.
Northern Virginia enters Wednesday's game winless on the season, having only scored two goals in five games. However, the Piranhas are not overlooking their opponent. Virginia Beach currently trails first place D.C. United by seven points in the Atlantic Division. While the two squads will meet twice more this season, the Piranhas need a win versus Northern Virginia to keep their playoff hopes alive. The Majestics, on the other hand, are hungry for their first win and ready to play spoiler tomorrow night.
Wednesday's matchup will mark the end of a three game home stand for Virginia Beach. The Piranhas play their next three games on the road before returning to the Sportsplex for the season finale July 14th.