WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Post 10 will host Hope Mills on Monday at Buck Hardee in a one game playoff series to determine the Area 2 champion of American Legion baseball. Hope Mills won the Area 2 West title on Saturday. Wilmington Post 10 won the Area 2 East title on Thursday. Both teams have already secured a spot in the state tournament which starts on Friday in Lexington.
WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY)– The Tri-County Crusaders beat the Wilmington Tigers on Saturday at Legion Stadium in a battle of undefeated football teams. Wilmington drops to 1-1 in the regular season. Tri-County is now 2-0. More info on the Tigers can be found here: http://mdfootball.webs.com/
ROCHESTER, NY (ROCHESTER USL PRO) — The Rochester Rhinos lost to the Wilmington Hammerheads 1-0 in Sahlen’s Stadium on Saturday, July 19th 2014. Wilmington’s 18 year-old loanee from their MLS affiliate Toronto FC scored the only goal of the match in the 77th minute. Hammerheads goalkeeper Quillan Roberts kept the clean sheet for the visitors.
Wilmington scored the only goal of the match in the 77th minute. The Hammerheads had been threatening Rochester with long balls over the top of the Rhinos back four throughout the second half and finally capitalized. Hamilton made a run that split Rhinos center backs Babacar Diallo and Kyle Hoffer at the midfield stripe to get on the end of a long ball. Hamilton used his pace to get into the box on a breakaway, but Rochester goalkeeper Luis Soffner was smartly off his line to block Hamilton’s shot. Hamilton was first to the loose ball and tapped it into an empty net to give the visitors the lead. The goal was the fifth of the season for Hamilton.
The Wilmington Hammerheads entered Saturday night’s match in Rochester on the second leg of a back-to-back weekend. Wilmington played to a scoreless draw in Harrisburg against the City Islanders on Friday, July 18th before driving north to Rochester overnight to take on the Rhinos on Saturday night. The result was a visiting team that made four changes to the starting line-up that they had used 24 hours earlier. Wilmington kept their shape and slowed down the tempo of the match in a first half that saw both teams combine for five shots.
Wilmington had the only shot on goal of a pedestrian first fifteen minutes. Rhinos center back Diallo went through the back of Hammerheads lone striker Brian Ackley near midfield in the 12th minute. Ackley went to the ground, and head referee Vito Testa, Jr. correctly called a foul and awarded the visitors a free kick. Wilmington’s Will Heaney put the free kick on goal from 50 yards out in the middle of the park, but Rhinos goalkeeper Luis Soffner caught it comfortably.
The Rhinos first chance of the match came in the 19th minute. A bouncing ball at the top of the Hammerheads box fell to the feet of JC Banks. Banks centered the ball from the left side of the box to Rochester striker Colin Rolfe on the penalty spot. Rolfe received the ball with his back to goal, turned with his first touch, and shot with his second touch, but his effort curled just past Wilmington keeper Quillan Roberts far post for a goal kick.
Rochester began to push the tempo of the match in the last ten minutes, and the home side produced their best chances of the first 45 minutes to close out the first half.
In the 38th minute Rochester center back Hoffer won a loose ball as he drifted out to the right flank near midfield, and then surged down the touchline before serving an early ball into the Hammerheads box. Rolfe made a near post run and flicked the ball on to New England Revs loanee Donnie Smith at the penalty spot. Smith volleyed the bouncing ball, but his effort sailed over the cross bar for a goal kick.
Smith had another chance for the Rhinos four minutes later. Rochester star JC Banks took a corner kick for the home side. His driven service found the head of Diallo on the near post, but the Rochester center back could not get a header on target. The Hammerheads scrambled the ball clear, but only as far as the top of the box where it found the feet of Walsh. Rochester’s midfielder shot the ball first time, but his effort was just high. One minute late Banks played Rolfe through, but the striker could not get his shot on target from the top left side of the Wilmington penalty area.
The Rochester Rhinos went into half time in a scoreless draw for the 11th time this season.
Rochester had its best chance of the match in the 51st minute. New England Revs loanee Donnie Walsh dribbled across the midfield stripe on a Rhinos counter attack down the left flank, and centered the ball to Rhinos star attacking midfielder JC Banks. Banks played a through ball to attacking midfielder Jonny Mendoza that put him in behind the Hammerheads back four. Mendoza dribbled into the Wilmington penalty area, took the ball to his left around Wilmington’s onrushing goalkeeper Roberts, and then put a shot on goal, but he could not finish from an acute angle. The ball ended up in the side netting and the match remained scoreless.
Wilmington responded in the 56th minute. Heaney played the ball wide to left back Albert Edward who was making an overlapping run down the flank. Edwards got the ball to the endline before he served the ball into the Rhinos box. Rochester center back Diallo was able to head the ball clear at the near post for the home side, but only as far as Ackley at the top of the box. The Hammerheads striker hit a dipping shot that just cleared the cross bar.
Ackley had another chance in the 61st minute. Wilmington substitute and leading scorer Samuel Ochoa got on the end of a through ball in the Rhinos box before cutting the ball back and holding up play. Ochoa centered the ball from the left side of the Rochester box and found center midfielder Paul Nicholson in the center of the pitch at the top of the box. Nicholson laid off Ochoa’s pass with his first touch, and Ackley took a pot shot first time that sailed over the cross bar.
Three chance unfolded during end-to-end action in the 68th minute. The Rhinos Banks was waved back onto the field by head referee Testa Jr. after an injury, and he immediately jumped in on a Rhinos counter attack. Rochester’s Mendoza had possession on the right flank in front of the Rhinos bench when Banks came back on the field, and played a through ball to Banks down the right flank. Banks dribbled the ball to the endline before cutting the ball back to take on Hammerheads right back Edward. Banks cut unbalanced Edward and he fell to the turf giving Banks free service. Banks whipped the ball into the box where it bounced off the shoulder of Wilmington center back Christian Davidson. Davidson had both hands behind his back when the ball struck his shoulder in the Hammerheads penalty area, so Testa Jr. allowed play to continue. Wilmington cleared the ball to center midfielder Nicholson at the midfield stripe, and he flicked the ball on to substitute Ochoa with his first touch. Ochoa was in behind the Rhinos back four, but center back Hoffer had the angle and chased Ochoa down from sixty yards before his poke tackle played the ball back to his goalkeeper Soffner’s feet eight yards out from the home side’s goal. Soffner sparked an immediate counter attack back down to the other end that ended with Smith cutting into the Wilmington box from the left flank and taking a shot that Roberts had to dive to his left to parry away. On the ensuing corner kick a Diallo header ended up in Roberts hands ending the most open sequence in the match with chances but no goal.
Roberts came to the rescue for Wilmington again in the 76th minute. Rhinos substitute Michael Garzi won a loose ball near midfield and played a negative pass to Diallo at the midfield stripe. Diallo took a touch before switching fields with a diagonal ball to Smith down the right flank. Smith got on the end of Diallo’s pass, cut into the Wilmington box on his left foot, and then blistered a shot bound for the upper left corner with his left foot. Roberts flew to his right to parry the ball away for a corner kick.
Roberts ended the match with four saves on ten shots faced for his fifth clean sheet of the season.
The Rhinos pressured the visiting side to find the equalizer in the last ten minutes of the match. Rolfe had a snap header that Roberts had to smother in the 80th minute. In the 85th minute Rolfe surged into the box from the left flank and squared the ball to substitute striker Matt Luzunaris. Luzunaris took a touch before squaring the ball to Smith. Smith took a touch before striking a left footed shot that deflected off of a Hammerheads defender before falling to the feet of substitute Minh Vu at the top left corner of the six yard box. Vu tried to side foot a shot on target, but it popped over the cross bar for a corner kick.
The victory moves Wilmington up to sixth place in the USL PRO table with 25 points from 15 matches after the Hammerheads took four points from their back-to-back trip north this weekend. The Rhinos remain in fifth place with 27 points from 20 matches. There were two matches in USL PRO left to be completed on Saturday night that could have an impact on the final standings at the end of the night.
The Rochester Rhinos next home match is Sunday, July 27th at 4:05PM in Sahlen’s Stadium against top of the table Orlando City SC. Tickets for any match on the Rhinos home schedule will be available by by calling (585)454-KICK (5425), by visiting the MVP Health Care Box Office at Sahlen’s Stadium, or by visiting ticketmaster.com. Rochester Rhinos season tickets, flex packages and group ticket sales are also currently available.
Rochester Rhinos (1-4-2-3-1): 36 – Luis Soffner; 20 – Tony Walls, 6 – Kyle Hoffer (Luzunaris – 81st minute), 5 – Babacar Diallo, 15 – Patrick McMahon; 8 – Tyler Rosenlund, 24 – Alec Sundly (Garzi – 69th minute); 23 – Jonny Mendoiza (Houapeu – 82nd minute), 10 – JC Banks (Vu – 73rd minute), 11 – Donnie Smith; 22 – Colin Rolfe
Substitutions: 77 – John McCarthy, 4 – Patrick Slogic, 13 – Michael Garzi, 17 – Lance Rozeboom, 9 – Minh Vu, 12 – Matt Luzunaris, 16 – Levi Houapeu
Wilmington Hammerheads (1-4-4-2): 40 – Quillan Roberts; 5 – Troy Cole, 4 – Ashani Fairclough (Miller – 53rd minute), 6 – Christian Davidson, 24 – Albert Edward; 2 – Tom Parratt, 18 – Jeremy Hall, 8 – Paul Nicholson (Watson – 84th minute), 7 – Manu Aparicio (Arnoux – 90+ minute); 17 – William Heaney (Ochoa – 57th minute), 13 – Brian Ackley (Hamilton – 71st minute)
Substitutions: 1 – Matt Glaeser, 9 – Samuel Ochoa, 10 – Cody Arnoux, 21 – Jordan Hamilton, 20 – Jason Watson, 12 – Steven Miller, 25 – Mark Godelman
Wilmington Jordan Hamilton (5) 77th minute
Wilmington Jeremy Hall 62nd minute
Rochester Babacar Diallo 90th minute
Wilmington Samuel Ochoa 90th minute
Wilmington Jordan Hamilton 90th minute
Shots – 10:7; Saves – 2:4; Fouls – 8:16; Offsides – 5:4; Corners – 5:1
FAYETTEVILLE, NC (WWAY) — The Fayetteville SwampDogs beat the Wilmington Sharks 13-6 on Saturday. The SwampDogs scattered 11 hits. The game was close until Whiteville High graduate Hunter Smith gave up 4 earned runs in the 8th inning. On a side note, Steven Linkous left the game with an ankle injury, no word on how serious the injury is. Linkous is a rising junior at UNCW.
PINEHURST, NC (UNCW) — Former UNCW women’s golfer Lori Beth Adams fell to UCLA’s Allison Lee in 19 holes in the championship match of the North & South Women’s Amateur Championship Saturday at the Pinehurst Resort.
A native of Burlington, N.C., Adams qualified for the championship match with a 1 up victory over 2013 North & South semifinalist Michelle Piyapattra during the morning semifinal matches to advance and face Lee in the championship match.
In the championship match, Lee took the lead on the first hole and held the advantage for the remainder of the front nine before Adams claimed the 10th hole to square the match. Lee would regain her lead with a win on the 12th before Adams captured back-to-back holes to take a 1-up lead. The two sides halved the next two holes when a birdie by Lee on the par 4 17th gave her the hole and returned the match to square.
Both players carded a par the closing par 4 18th, sending the match to a sudden-death playoff. On the first playoff hole, Adams hit her approach into a bunker and sent her next shot over the green while Lee hit her approach to 10 feet. Adams then conceded the hole and the match to Lee.
“It was a dogfight,” said Adams of her match with Lee. “(Lee) played great; she was making putts left and right, but so was I.”
“If I had to describe the match in one word, it would be ‘intense,’” Lee said, A rising sophomore at UCLA who was named the winner of the ANNIKA Award, given to the nation’s top collegiate female golfer, in May. “From beginning to end, we both played really well and were making birdies on top of each other. It was just a great, solid championship match. It’s what a championship match should be all about – both players at the tops of their games.”
Two years after the men’s North and South Amateur Championship began in 1900, the women’s championship was born and now celebrates its 112th year. It has become one of the most sought after women’s amateur titles and routinely displays the talents of the top amateurs in the game.
North & South champions are among the legends of the game: Babe Zaharias, Louise Suggs, Peggy Kirk Bell, Hollis Stacey, Brandie Burton, Brittany Lang, Morgan Pressel and Yani Tseng.