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PHILADELPHIA, PA (UNCW) -– UNCW junior Mateo Cardona scored twice and the Seahawks narrowed their deficit to one goal several times, but the Seahawks were unable to slow down nationally-ranked William & Mary as the Tribe advanced to the championship with a 6-3 win in the semifinals of the Colonial Athletic Association men’s soccer championship on Thursday at Vidas Field.
The third-seeded Tribe, who improved to 11-4-2 with the win, advances to the CAA finals against the winner of Thursday evening’s Drexel-Delaware contest. The Seahawks, who entered the tournament as the two-seed saw their record drop to 9-6-2 with the setback. “It’s a tough way to get knocked out of the tournament,” said UNCW Head Coach Aidan Heaney. “We’ve been solid all season defensively, but today we weren’t able to stop William & Mary. Credit goes to them and capitalizing on their chances.”
Cordero doubled his season total with his two-goal outing against W&M. The midfielder drew the Seahawks even in the 11th minute when he converted a cross from the rightside by David Sizemore. Cardona settled the cross, faked a shot then slipped low shot under the W&M keeper for the goal.
Cardona’s second goal came in the 48th minute, just 1:41 after W&M’s Jackson Eskay notched his second goal of the game in the 47th minute. Cardona curled a free kick inside the right post to cut the deficit to 3-2.
The Tribe’s Chris Perez restored a two-goal lead, 4-2, with his marker in the 59th minute on a 20-yard blast. Perez also assisted on the first two goals for the Tribe.
UNCW managed to cut it to 4-3 less than two minutes later when Jamie Dell’s shot from the top of the penalty area was deflected by a Tribe defender and into the goal.
Chris Albiston and Ben Coffey scored for the Tribe in the 78th and 86th minutes, respectively, to round out the scoring for a 6-3 final.
In a model of efficiency, both teams combined for nine goals on just 20 shots with the Tribe holding an 11-9 advantage. Mac Phillips and Sean Melvin each had one save for the Tribe and Seahawks, respectively.
RALEIGH, NC (NCSU) -– The NC State men’s basketball program has added Abdul-Malik Abu and twin brothers Caleb and Cody Martin during the 2013 NLI Early Signing Period. Each player has signed a National Letter of Intent and will suit up for NC State in the fall of 2014.
“We’re really excited about this class. With two perimeter players and a versatile, inside-outside forward, we feel we really addressed some needs,” head coach Mark Gottfried said. “All three guys play with great energy and enthusiasm. But also, they all have great character and will be great assets to NC State University.
“We think all three players will have great careers in our program at NC State.”
Abu, a 6-8 power forward out of Boston, is among the nation’s highest ranked forwards. He was ranked 30th in the nation by ESPN.com, 50th by Rivals and 52nd by Scout. Abu, recruited by assistant coach Orlando Early, plays at Kimball Union Academy in Meriden, N.H., for coach Mike Olsen. He also played in the Mary Kline Classic Underclassmen Game in Philadelphia last spring. He played on the Elite Youth Basketball League circuit with Expressions Elite for coach Ty Boswell.
“Malik plays with a high motor and has tremendous athleticism,” Gottfried said. “He has great strength and can play near the basket and also step out and shoot. “
The Martin brothers are 6-6 small forwards from Mocksville, N.C., where they both earned all-state honors at Davie County High School under coach Mike Abschner before transferring to powerhouse high school program Oak Hill Academy. Caleb Martin is ranked 46th in the country by Scout and 59th by both ESPN.com and Rivals. Cody Martin is also rated nationally by ESPN.com and Rivals.
“Caleb is a terrific outside shooter and a great athlete,” the NC State head coach said. “He fits perfectly as a wing player in our system.”
Gottfried added: “Cody is a versatile player and a very much improved player. He’s improved greatly during the last 6-8 months.”
The Martin twins, who were primarily recruited by assistant coach Rob Moxley, are the latest standout Wolfpack recruits out of Oak Hill Academy in Virginia. Current Pack players Lennard Freeman and Tyler Lewis are former Oak Hill players. The Martin twins played for the very successful AAU program Team Loaded, mentored by Ty White.
The pair of brothers is also NC State’s first set of men’s basketball twins since Jim and Joe Mills played for the Pack in 1941-42. The Mills brothers, from nearby Apex, left State after one season to play professional baseball.
The Wolfpack (1-1 overall) will host Campbell Saturday, Nov. 16 at PNC Arena at 7 p.m.
CONWAY, SC (CCU) — HTC is once again connecting with CCU Athletics to televise some NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball when the Coastal Carolina University Chanticleers tip off against the defending SEC Champions, University of Mississippi Rebels, this Saturday night at The HTC Center. HTC Digital Cable will broadcast the game at 7:00 p.m. on HTC Channel 4. The game will be available to all HTC Digital Cable subscribers.
“Certainly, this is a big game for CCU Basketball and, we wanted to provide an opportunity for the fans that couldn’t go to the game to be able to watch and cheer on the Chants,” said Mike Hagg, CEO for HTC. “This is just one more way that HTC works to keep our community connected with CCU.”
“We are very excited about this opportunity,” said Director of Athletics Hunter Yurachek. “HTC has been a great connection for CCU Athletics and always considers additional programming to offer our fans another avenue to support and view the Chanticleers.”
The matchup for this game should be challenging for the Chants as the Rebels look to defend their SEC title with, returning senior and 2012-13 SEC Player of the Year, Marshall Henderson.
If you have any additional questions about the airing of the game, please contact Tom Vitt, HTC Director of Marketing, at 843-369-8559 or 843-902-3727.