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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- The New Hanover High football team will get to strut their stuff in front of their home fans on Friday night at Legion Stadium. The Wildcats will host Hunt High School at 7:30. "We've got a lot of depth and a lot of competition," Kevin Motsinger told us. "You were talking about the jamboree and Burke Estes at quarterback. He's our backup quarterback and you saw how talented he is and the player he is. We've got it at every position, a lot of guys competing for time and we feel like to have a chance to go a long way and we're trying to prepare for a long season."

There will be a lengthy tribute to the late Joe Miller prior to kickoff.

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Thursday High School Scoreboard

GIRLS TENNIS
GREEN SEA 6 - SOUTH COLUMBUS 1
EAST COLUMBUS 5 - FAIRMONT 4
WHITEVILLE 9 - RED SPRINGS 0

VOLLEYBALL
WHITEVILLE 3 - RED SPRINGS 0
SOUTH BRUNSWICK 3 - WEST BRUNSWICK 1
TOPSAIL 3 - LANEY 0
SOUTH COLUMBUS 3 - SOUTH ROBESON 0

BOYS SOCCER
DIXON 5 - SOUTH BRUNSWICK 0
WALLACE-ROSE HILL 5 - EAST DUPLIN 0
WHITEVILLE 3 - NORTH BRUNSWICK 2
CAPE FEAR ACADEMY 6 - FAYETTEVILLE CHRISTIAN 1
TRASK 1 - TOPSAIL 1
FERNANDO ALDAMA SCORED FOR THE TITANS
BLAKE CULIG SCORED FOR THE PIRATES
BLAKE JOYCE HAD 12 SAVES FOR TRASK
SEBASTIAN BAUTISTA HAD THE ASSIST FOR TRASK

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WILMINGTON, NC (CFCC RELEASE) -- Muhammed Jahateh scored in 8th minute (unassisted) mark on a free kick to put the Sea Devils up 1 nil. 46th Myles Strickland (Nate Pace) 75th Mamadou Kelleh (Myles Strickland) 79th Mamadou Kelleh (Myles Strickland) 87th Connor Case (Unassisted) Shots CFCC-10 RB 7 GK Dakota Moore 6 saves. Record 5-0-0 (1-0-0) next game vs @ Wake Tech 9/11 8:30pm.

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WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW) -– With a pair of important wins over in-state foes Campbell and UNC Charlotte achieved, the UNCW women’s soccer team travels to Blacksburg, Va., this weekend to battle Wake Forest and host Virginia Tech in a four-team event.

The Virginia Tech Tournament will be staged Friday, Sept. 5, and Sunday, Sept. 7, at Thompson Field. The Seahawks kick off the event with a 5 p.m. matchup against the Demon Deacons.

The Seahawks are coming off an offensive outburst last Sunday that saw Coach Paul Cairney’s team erupt for four goals in a 4-2 steamrolling of UNCC. Four different players found the net – Maddie McCormick, Serenity Waters, Katrina Guillou and Allye Mertes – in the rout at home.

“We have a lot of players from Virginia and we’re looking forward to going up to Blacksburg and playing two of the top teams in the country,” said Cairney. “The ACC is the best conference in the country for women‘s soccer and these are two of the best teams in that conference. We’re excited for the challenge and know it will be tough in both games.”

Guillou, a junior striker from Ft. Washington, Md., shared Colonial Athletic Association Player-of-the-Week honors after scoring twice in the wins over Campbell and UNCC and chipping in one assist. Guillou leads the team in scoring with seven points on six goals and an assist early in the season.

“We’ve changed our lineup several times and it was great to get a win on the road against Campbell in a tight game. We had a great game against Charlotte. It was back and forth and I don’t think the box score really reflected the game. It was an even game and we just took our chances.”

UNCW is wrapping up a stretch of three road games in four outings. Following this weekend’s action, the Seahawks play host to Coastal Carolina, Elon and Francis Marion in the Hilton Garden Inn Mayfaire Invitational next weekend at the UNCW Soccer Stadium.

Statistically, UNCW has matched its opponents in shots with 42 attempts apiece and scored four of its six goals in the opening period this season.

The Seahawks stand 0-6-1 lifetime against Wake Forest and battled to a scoreless draw against the Demon Deacons in their last meeting on Aug. 19, 2012. UNCW has only faced the Hokies once, falling, 1-0, in double overtime on Aug. 17, 2012.

Wake Forest brings a 1-2 record into this weekend, but has lost two in a row, including a 2-1 defeat to CAA member James Madison on Aug. 29 in Blacksburg. The Deacs played seven freshmen in a 1-0 season-opening win over Wright State, six rookies against JMU and eight newcomers in a 4-1 loss at Kansas.

The game will feature a pair of veteran college coaches. Cairney is in his 19th season and owns a career mark of 176-164-19. Wake Forest’s Tony da Luz owns a 218-123-33 mark over 18 years on the pitch.

“They’re well-coached and have great players,” Cairney said of Friday’s opponent, “and we know it’s going to be tough.”

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WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW) -- Local soccer fans are in for a treat this weekend when UNCW men's soccer hosts its annual UNCW Courtyard Wilmington/Wrightsville Beach Classic with Ohio State, Winthrop and Elon visiting the UNCW Soccer Stadium.

The Seahawks take on Ohio State at 7:30 p.m. on Friday with Winthrop and Elon opening the tournament with a 5 p.m. kickoff.

UNCW carries a 2-0 mark into Friday's match with the Buckeyes, who opened with a pair of draws. The Seahawks blanked High Point in the season opener, 2-0, and clipped visiting UNCG on Labor Day, 2-1, as junior striker Colin Bonner ended the contest with a goal in the 106th minute.

Last season it was Bonner lifting the Seahawks to a 2-1 double overtime win over OSU in the Wolstein Soccer Classic. UNCW won the tournament title following a 2-0 win over Cincinnati on the final day of the classic.

Jamie Dell was an honorable mention listing by TopDrawerSoccer.com for its team of the week. Dell was also named Colonial Athletic Association Player-of-the-Week following his eventual game-winner against High Point.

Also competing this weekend is Elon, who is entering its first season as a member of the CAA. Elon, played in the NCAA tournament last fall and stands at 1-1 on the season. The Phoenix will pay Ohio State on Sunday at noon.

The Seahawks will faceoff with Winthrop on Sunday with a 2:30 p.m. kickoff. The Eagles also enter the weekend with a 2-0 mark and are ranked 10th in the opening NSCAA South Regional Poll.

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