WWAY’s Wednesday night sports – August 15


    High School Soccer Scoreboard from Wednesday:

    Boys Soccer
    Union 4
    East Bladen 3

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    West Bladen 3
    Purnell Swett 2

    Goals: West Bladen – Clay Allen 3; Purnell Swett – Joseph Velasquez 2
    Assists: West Bladen – Cameron Wineberger, Matt Wells; Purnell Swett – Von Locklear Jr.
    Highlights: Clay Allen scored with 2 seconds remaining off a pass from Matt Wells to give West Bladen the victory.

    Records: West Bladen 1-0; Purnell Swett 0-2

    Goal recap
    1. PS: Joseph Velasquez, direct kick, 25 yards, 5:41, 1st half
    2. WB; Clay Allen, 6 yards (Assist: Cameron Wineberger), 8:04, 1st half
    3. PS: Velasquez, 18 yards (Assist: Von Locklear Jr.), 14:27, 1st half
    4. WB: Clay Allen, direct kick, 30 yards, 16:02, 1st half
    5. WB: Clay Allen, 15 yards (Assist: Matt Wells), 39:58, 2nd half


    SHALLOTTE,NC (WWAY) — Alfy Hill originally committed to a Southeastern Conference school in 2009, Alabama. If all goes well Hill will finally get his chance at a different SEC school in 2013, South Carolina. We recently caught up with Jimmy Fletcher, Hill’s high school coach, to get an update. “Alfy is back in LA. He has to finish up and as of this moment he’s going to South Carolina,” Fletcher said. “Who knows, it’s been a really interesting story. I just pray that he’ll get his grades right and finish and graduate and go to South Carolina and get his education. That’s the main thing.”

    Background info on Alfy Hill:

    In September of 2009 Alfy Hill chose Alabama. Hill actually attended summer school at the University of Alabama in the summer of 2010. He passed three courses, but the NCAA ruled Afly Hill to be an academic non-qualifier because of an online course he took at West Brunswick his senior year in Shallotte. Hill was forced to leave Alabama. He then decided to enroll at East Carolina, but he wasn’t going to be eligible to play at East Carolina right away due to NCAA guidelines.

    West Brunswick football coach Jimmy Fletcher said things didn’t work out for Hill at East Carolina. “He then went to Itawamba Junior College in Mississippi,” Fletcher said. “That did not work out. Now he’s at Los Angeles Valley Community College in LA.”

    The former West Brunswick Trojan received an offer to play in the SEC for USC Gamecock head coach Steve Spurrier in September of 2011. Six months later, Hill said yes to the Gamecocks, but there’s still one more hurdle for Hill to clear. “If he does not graduate from LAVCC, then he’s finished” according to coach Jimmy Fletcher. If Hill does graduate from LAVCC, then he should be eligible to play division one football in the fall of 2013. “I tell him he’s the most traveled college student in America,” Fletcher added.

    Alfy Hill intends to play football at LAVCC this fall. At USC he’ll have two years of eligibility.


    SEATTLE,WA (AP) — Felix Hernandez pitched the Seattle Mariners’ first perfect game and the 23rd in baseball history, overpowering the Tampa Bay Rays in a brilliant 1-0 victory Wednesday.

    The Mariners’ ace and former AL Cy Young Award winner has long talked of his desire to achieve pitching perfection. He finally accomplished it against the Rays, striking out the side twice and finishing with 12 strikeouts.

    It was the third perfect game in baseball this season, joining gems by Chicago’s Philip Humber against the Mariners in April and San Francisco’s Matt Cain against Houston in June.

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    MEXICO CITY (AP) – The United States ended 75 years of frustration in Mexico, winning at its southern neighbor and regional rival for the first time Wednesday night when Michael Orozco Fiscal’s goal in the 80th minute and Tim Howard’s late sprawling saves provided a 1-0 victory.

    Dominated for most of the night at a venue where they have been intimidated at times, the Americans went ahead on a move created by a trio of second-half substitutes.

    Brek Shea cut inside Severo Meza on the left flank and crossed to Terrence Boyd at the top of the 6-yard box. With his back to the goal, Boyd took a touch with his left foot and with his right made a quick backheel pass to Orozco Fiscal, who with his left foot poked it from 3 yards past goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa and defender Jorge Torres Nilo for his first international goal.

    “The goal was for the U.S. fans and the whole U.S. We made history,” said Orozco Fiscal, a 26-year-old defender from Orange, Calif., who plays in Mexico for San Luis.

    He entered in the 77th minute for his fifth international appearance and first since October. Shea, back with the team for the first time since February following a season of turmoil in Major League Soccer, came on a minute later. Boyd had entered to start the second half.

    “Just happy we won and made history,” Shea said. “It’s something we haven’t done in a long time. Just to be on the roster is cool.”

    Howard preserved the lead, changing directions to stop a deflected shot by Javier Hernandez in the 85th, then pawing away a 4-yard downward header by Chicharito in the 89th.

    “I think it’s huge. It’s huge for I think all American fans, it’s huge for the team, and it’s historic,” U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann said. “We were very well aware that we’ve never won here at the Azteca Stadium. This is an amazing experience for the all the players. We told them before the game: This moment is for you, go and grab it. We are all aware that it was a lot, a lot of work.”

    The U.S. had been 0-23-1 against El Tri in 75 years of games at Mexico, including 0-19-1 in the thin air at altitude in Mexico City – where they had been outscored 81-14. Azteca, with loud, passionate fans, is considered one of soccer’s toughest venues for road teams.

    “You can shrivel up or you can accept it,” Howard said. “We deserved a little bit of luck, and we got it tonight.”

    Mexico outshot the U.S. 15-6 and had a 10-0 advantage in corner kicks. But the Americans came away with their second big win this year, following February’s first-ever victory over Italy, in a friendly at Genoa.

    “Tim Howard kept us in the game I don’t know how many times,” said Klinsmann, who has been trying to change the defensive mindset the American had at times under Bob Bradley. “It’s a mental aspect of it.”

    With the European clubs seasons getting under way, the U.S. used a half-strength roster and a makeshift central defense.

    Mexico also was below strength following the Olympics – Carlos Salcido, its regular left back, started in Sunday’s win over Brazil in the gold-medal game. El Tri dominated possession but failed to connect on several open shots as the Americans paired Maurice Edu and Geoff Cameron in the center of their back line in the absence of Carlos Bocanegra, Clarence Goodson and Oguchi Onyewu.

    “For me, it’s a game that I grew up watching,” Cameron said of the U.S.-Mexico rivalry. “To be a part of a win for the first time speaks for itself.””

    The game marked the start of the Americans’ second year under Klinsmann, who replaced Bradley last summer after Mexico overcame a two-goal deficit to win the CONCACAF Gold Cup final 4-2.

    The U.S. figures to have a lineup closer to full strength for a pair of World Cup qualifiers against Jamaica next month, on the road on Sept. 7 and at Columbus, Ohio, four days later. Mexico plays Costa Rica on those same days.

    “We know we have to improve in many, many elements,” Klinsmann said. “We have to keep the ball longer. We have to create more chances. We have to do a lot of work still. But I think this gives us a lot of confidence.”

    Landon Donovan, searching for his 50th international goal, left at the start of the second half because of a tight hamstring and DaMarcus Beasley came in for his 97th international appearance. Boyd came in at the same time to replace an ineffective Jose Torres.

    Cameron got his head on a cross from Elias Hernandez in the 56th minute, preventing Hernandez from an open shot in front. A minute later, Jesus Zavala put an open header over the crossbar.

    With Ochoa off his line, Kyle Beckerman put a long, sliding shot just over the crossbar in the 60th.

    Andres Guardado hooked a free kick just wide to Howard’s right post in the 65th after Cameron fouled Hernandez just outside the penalty area. Hernandez then sent an open header wide in the 76th off a cross from Hernandez.

    “It was very difficult in high altitude, with many of them flying in from Europe two days ago,” Klinsmann said. “But we had a plan, and we tried to execute that plan and getting that win here, I mean it’s quite enjoyable.”

    NOTES: The only previous U.S. non-loss against Mexico in Mexico was a 0-0 tie in a 1997 World Cup qualifier. At the 1999 FIFA Confederations Cup, the U.S. beat New Zealand and Germany in Guadalajara before losing to Mexico 1-0 in overtime at Azteca.

    (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)


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