Saturday sports recap: Wilmington Tigers & Hammerheads both win & more

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Submitted: Sun, 08/24/2014 - 3:59am
Updated: Thu, 04/23/2015 - 1:04pm

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Saturday High School Football Scoreboard

Whiteville 23
North Brunswick 0

Trask – Topsail (scheduled to resume on Saturday)
Will now resume on Monday at 6pm in Hampstead with Trask leading 7-0 at half

Socastee 48
West Brunswick 26

Lakewood 21
Union 6

Note: Monday’s Laney-Pender game will not be played, nor will it be made up. Laney will receive a forfeit victory.

South Columbus-Hoggard will be played Monday at 6pm in Wilmington.


Saturday Football Mason Dixon League

Wilmington Tigers shutout Virginia Hornets 42-0. Tigers are now 3-2 on the season.


USL Pro Soccer

Wilmington Hammerheads 2
Orange County Blues 1

IRVINE, CA (WWAY) — Sunny Jane scored the first Wilmington goal in the second half. Ashani Faircloth scored the winner in stoppage time. Wilmington is now in great shape to make a late run to secure a playoff spot in the USL Pro League in the final weeks of the regular season. Wilmington will play LA Galaxy II on Sunday afternoon in California.

Saturday’s game unfortunately involved a melee late in the contest when it was tied at 1. Two Orange County players received red cards, as did Wilmington’s Andrea Campbell. There was a bench clearing skirmish that followed a ball being kicked onto the field from backup keeper Matt Glaeser. He wasn’t in the game at the time of his kick. Glaeser is also the team’s goal keeper coach.

Wilmington Hammerheads 3
LA Galaxy II 3

CARSON, CA (USL PRO) -– LA Galaxy II (13-8-4, 44 points) earned a 3-3 draw with Wilmington Hammerheads FC Sunday at StubHub Center’s Track & Field Stadium, as two goals from Chandler Hoffman and a stoppage-time goal from Rafael Garcia gave the hosts a point on the afternoon. The Galaxy II led 2-0 with 15 minutes to go, but the Hammerheads took a 3-2 lead as a pair of goals by Sunny Jane and Mark-Anthony Kaye’s first professional goal put Wilmington ahead before Garcia’s dramatic equalizer.

Los Dos struck first when Hoffman tallied in the 14th minute. LA Galaxy Homegrown Player Jose Villarreal played a ball behind the Hammerheads’ defense to Hoffman, who beat the offside trap and had just the goalkeeper to beat. Hoffman calmly slotted the ball into the net with his left to give Galaxy II the lead.

Galaxy II added to their lead shortly after the halftime break on a penalty kick goal in the 53rd minute. Jose Villarreal was taken down in the box by a Wilmington defender to earn the penalty and Hoffman stepped up to the spot and buried it in the left side of the net to give Los Dos the 2-0 lead.

The Hammerheads brought the score within one in the 77th minute, as Sunny Jane curled in a shot from inside the penalty area to make it 2-1. Six minutes later, Jane added a second to level the score at 2-2 as he fired home a first-time finish from Kaye’s cross from the left from 10 yards out into the top-left corner.

Wilmington then took a 3-2 lead in the 86th minute, as Kaye put the visitors ahead after a chipped pass by Jane over the Galaxy II back line found the Toronto FC loanee in stride for a first-time finish. Los Dos responded with a dramatic equalizer from Galaxy II captain Garcia in stoppage time, however, as from just outside the penalty area, Garcia curled in a free kick to the upper-left corner of the net to earn the 3-3 draw.

Newly signed players Jason Bli and Kainoa Bailey made their Galaxy II debuts, as Bli started at left back and Bailey entered the match in the second half.

Curt Onalfo’s squad will remain at StubHub Center when they face the Real Salt Lake Reserves Wednesday, Aug. 27 at 4 p.m. PT.


College Soccer

Cape Fear Community College 8
Northern Virginia 0

Longwood 2 (exhibition)

FARMVILLE, VA (UNCW) — Kellen Foster and Freddy Nzekele scored for UNCW as the Seahawks closed out the exhibition season with a 2-all draw against Longwood at the LU Athletics Complex on Saturday. The Seahawks open their regular season on the road on Aug. 29 with a 7 p.m. kickoff at High Point. Streaming and live stats links will be available at

“This was a very good last warmup game for us against Longwood,” said UNCW Head Coach Aidan Heaney. “We created a number of good chances, which was pleasing, and enabled us to tinker with the lineup a bit. We managed to get a couple of our guys who had been out some important minutes as well. Defensively we were a little sloppy at times so definitely need to clean some things up in that department. I was delighted to see Freddy get on the scoresheet, as well as Kellen, as their tireless work deserved it. We look forward to opening up at High Point next Friday night!” Longwood opened the scoring in the 24th minute when Dan Campos scored from 15 yards out, beating UNCW goalie Sam Williams to the lower right corner. Zach Crandall was credited with an assist on the opening strike.

Foster drew the Seahawks level, 1-all, in the 32nd minute when he converted a deflection off a shot by Colin Bonner into the lower lefthand corner.

Anthony Ugorji restored LU’s lead with a goal in the 54th minute. The initial shot was stopped by UNCW goalie Sean Melvin, but Ugorji collected the rebound and slotted his shot into an open goal.

Nzekele would tie the game less than six minutes later with a goal in the 60th minute. Jacob VanCompernolle’s shot, following a corner kick, rang the crossbar and Nzekele made the most of his opportunity and tied the game.

The Seahawks finished with an 18-9 advantage in shots and held an 11-3 margin in corner kicks.
Nezekele and Ugorji held game-high honors with four and three shots, respectively. Williams finished with a save while Melvin made three stops for the Seahawks.


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