WWAY's Wednesday night sports - Oct. 24
 

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Several players on the Hoggard High School football team have been volunteering their time on Saturdays during the season in order to lend a hand to younger football players who have special needs. It's all part of the Challenger Division of Pop Warner football. Click the provided link for more information on the Challenger Division of Pop Warner football. http://www.coastalpopwarner.com/Challenger-League.php

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PANTHERSVILLE, GA (UNCW) -- The UNCW women's soccer team recorded its fifth straight victory with a 3-0 shutout of host Georgia State in Colonial Athletic Association women's soccer action Wednesday at the GSU Soccer Complex.

The Seahawks improved to 12-6-1 overall and 7-3-0 in conference play while the Panthers finished the 2012 season at 4-11-1 and 1-8-1. UNCW will be the No. 3 seed for the upcoming CAA Women's Soccer Championship and will host No. 6 Delaware Sunday in a first-round contest at the UNCW Soccer Stadium. Game time and ticket information will be announced as soon as it becomes available.

"This was a tough battle today," said UNCW Head Coach Paul Cairney. "Scoring early certainly helped us settle into the game. However, Georgia State came to play and put us under tremendous pressure. For first 25 minutes of the second half, they had us on our heels. We weathered their pressure and our back four and Caitlin Hunter did a fantastic job staying composed."

Sophomore Stephanie Bronson opened the scoring at the 12:57 mark, putting home a pass from freshman Maddie McCormick for her fifth goal of the season.

Senior Stephanie Rose doubled the Seahawks advantage at the 77:22 mark, collecting the ball at midfield before working her way through the GSU defense and putting a shot from 18 yards out into the back of the net for her league-leading 13th goal of the season.

An own goal by the Panthers in the 85th minute determined the final margin.

Senior keeper Caitlin Hunter made five saves to record her seventh shutout of the season, breaking a five-way tie for first place to move into sole possession of first place on the program's season shutout chart. The win also moved Hunter into first place on the school's season victory chart with 12.

Georgia State held a 10-7 edge in shots taken, highlighted by an 8-2 advantage in the second half. UNCW posted a 6-2 margin in corner kicks taken.

"Overall, this was a huge team effort today," said Cairney. "I do not think GSU has given up three goals at home this year in CAA play so I am very proud of how we battled for this win today. Keeping a clean sheet is also crucial at this point of the season. Now we will get ready for the CAA playoffs with great confidence."

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IN COLLEGE VOLLEYBALL CFCC DEFEATED WAKE TECH 3 - 2

IN MEN'S COLLEGE SOCCER WAKE TECH SHUTOUT CFCC 1-0 IN THE REGION X TOURNAMENT

WEDNESDAY NIGHT BOYS HIGH SCHOOL SOCCER RESULTS
4A SOCCER LANEY 2 - ASHLEY 1
4A SOCCER NEW HANOVER 1 - HOGGARD O IN OVERTIME
ASHLEY WILL BE THE # 1 SEED OUT OF THE MIDEASTERN CONFERENCE, NHHS 2, LANEY 3 AND HOGGARD 4
2A SOCCER EAST BLADEN 8 - WEST BLADEN 0
2A SOCCER SWANSBORO 2 - TOPSAIL 1
JOEL CROMARTIE SCORED FOUR GOALS FOR THE EAGLES. ISRAEL EVANS ADDED TWO

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Pablo Sandoval sure picked a great time to become the first San Francisco Giant to homer three times at AT&T Park.

Sandoval's three round-trippers powered the Giants to an 8-3 pounding of the Tigers in Game 1 of the World Series in San Francisco. He put the Giants ahead with solo shot in the first, added a two-run blast in the third and crushed another solo homer in the fifth.

Babe Ruth, Reggie Jackson and Albert Pujols (POO'-hohlz) are the only other players to homer three times in a World Series game. Sandoval is the first to do it in his first three at-bats of a World Series opener.

The only other player to homer three times at AT&T Park was Dodgers shortstop Kevin Elster, who did it in the first-ever game at the stadium more than 12 years ago.

Two of Sandoval's three homers came off Justin Verlander, who entered the game with a 3-0 record and a 0.74 ERA this postseason. The Giants tagged Verlander for five runs and six hits in four innings.

NLCS Most Valuable Player Marco Scutaro (SKOO'-tah-roh) continued his hot hitting, going 2-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored. He's hit safely in 11 straight games since the NLDS and has collected at least two hits in seven of his last eight games.

The Giants also showcased some strong pitching by Barry Zito and Tim Lincecum (LIHN'-she-kuhm). Zito blanked the Tigers over the first five innings and allowed only a run and six hits before leaving with two out in the sixth. He received help from left fielder Gregor Blanco (GREG'-or BLAHN'-koh), who made two diving catches.

Zito also chipped in an RBI single to make it 5-0 in the fourth inning

Lincecum struck out five while retiring all seven hitters he faced before the Giants needed three relievers to get the final three outs.

The Tigers' scoring came on Miguel Cabrera's RBI single in the sixth and Jhonny Peralta's (JAH'-nee peh-RAHL'-tuhz) two-run homer in the ninth.

The series continues Thursday night in San Francisco, where Madison Bumgarner will start for the Giants against Doug Fister.

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