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Sunday, September 29, 2013

No place like home: Carolina RailHawks stifle Strikers 2-0 to snap four game winless skid

Posted By on Sun, Sep 29, 2013 at 10:52 AM

WAKEMED SOCCER PARK/ CARY—The flaccid first half of Saturday’s match between the Carolina RailHawks and Fort Lauderdale Strikers was a sort of soccer Rorschach test. For detractors, it was indicative of everything they dislike about “organized kickball.” For aficionados, it was an inelegant chess match, a back-and-forth between two teams who understood the importance of the game’s outcome and didn’t want cede a critical mistake. Of course, it’s hard to muster many mistakes both teams have only two off-target shots the entire half. And with league position and the reputation of the sport hanging in the balance, the RailHawks rose to the...

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Saturday, September 28, 2013

Long day for reeling Tar Heels as ECU wins big at Kenan

Posted By on Sat, Sep 28, 2013 at 6:45 PM

Photo by Chris BairdECU's Shane Carden prepares to hand off to Vintavious Cooper as Adhem Elsawi blocks.KENAN STADIUM/CHAPEL HILL UNC comes into its second home game this season against a Conference USA opponent, and the Tar Heels are badly in need of a win. These visitors are in no mood to let them get one. East Carolina (2-1) comes in for the sun-splashed in-state rivalry game, in a series which has been contested every once in a while since 1972. This is the seventh meeting since 1981. The Tar Heels (1-2), who lead the series 11-2-1 (the 2009 UNC win...

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Friday, September 27, 2013

Karmic collision: RailHawks look to alter fortunes against Strikers this Saturday

Posted By on Fri, Sep 27, 2013 at 12:06 PM

Three months. That’s all it has been since the Carolina RailHawks were poised to put the cherry atop their springtime sundae. Two goals in the final five minutes gave Carolina a 3-2 win over Minnesota United FC on June 22 and solidified the RailHawks’ foothold atop the North American Soccer League’s spring season standings. Following a midweek U.S. Open Cup quarterfinals trip to Real Salt Lake, the RailHawks stood ready to clinch the NASL spring title with a win over the Atlanta Silverbacks the following Saturday at WakeMed Soccer Park. No problem, right? After all, Carolina had won all eight...

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Heels, Devils, Pack all favored on must-win Saturday

Posted By on Fri, Sep 27, 2013 at 12:27 AM

File photo by Chris BairdUNC QB Bryn Renner looks for an opening in the Middle Tennessee State game. It seems like every week is a pivotal one in college football, and this Saturday in the Triangle is certainly no exception. All three local ACC teams have home games — N.C. Central is idle until next week’s MEAC opener at Howard — and all three are favored in non-conference action. And it is fair to call all three of them “must” wins. The show starts at 12:30 p.m., where the most interesting matchup has UNC (1-2) hosting East Carolina (2-1) at...

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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Blue Devils give No. 1 Virginia a scare, but lose 3-2 heartbreaker

Posted By on Thu, Sep 26, 2013 at 9:57 PM

File photo courtesy Duke athletics/Shane LardinoisDuke goalie Ali Kershner KOSKINEN STADIUM/DURHAM Call it a major opportunity for Duke women’s soccer. The Blue Devils (4-4-2, 1-2-1 ACC) have been up-and-down this season and are currently on a three-game winless streak. But are they really capable of “beating anybody in the country?” We find out tonight as they take on ACC leader Virginia (9-0, 3-0) which is currently ranked No. 1 in the nation and is looking for its first 10-game win streak since 1990. Virginia has one local player in freshman midfielder Alexis Shaffer, a veteran of CASL Chelsea who was...

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Saturday, September 21, 2013

Duke loses a track meet in Pitt's first ACC game in Triangle

Posted By on Sat, Sep 21, 2013 at 6:31 PM

Photo by Chris BairdJamison Crowder blows past Pitt’s Bryan Murphy.WALLACE WADE STADIUM/DURHAM Duke plays one of its most important football games of the year today. And regardless of the outcome on a very cloudy day, the opponent is making a little history in Durham for the second time. Pittsburgh (1-1, 0-1 ACC), which last played the Blue Devils in 1976, is making its first football visit to the Triangle as a member of the ACC. Duke is 2-1 and 0-1. And it was the Panthers who served as the opponents for the very first game at then-Duke Outdoor Stadium, winning...

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Friday, September 20, 2013

Wolfpack puts up a fight, but Clemson is just too good

Posted By on Fri, Sep 20, 2013 at 12:21 AM

Photo courtesy NCSU athletics/Jack TarrState's Zach Gentry (49) and Brandon Pittman (39) lower the boom on the Tigers' Roderick McDowell.CARTER-FINLEY STADIUM/RALEIGH N.C. State gets its first national exposure tonight since Dave Doeren took over as head coach before the season. The opponent is No. 3 Clemson, the favorite in the ACC and of course one of a handful of teams thought to have a chance to play for the national championship. ESPN is in the house for the teams' ACC opener, which is the annual Textile Bowl. Doeren, who was head coach at Northern Illinois for two seasons before becoming...

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Thursday, September 19, 2013

Triangle football squads a quartet of underdogs this week

Posted By on Thu, Sep 19, 2013 at 1:30 AM

File photo by Dean Strickland O.D.State QB Pete Thomas looks for a receiver as Rob Crisp blocks.Just call it “Opportunity Week.” Two weeks ago all four Division I college football teams in the Triangle were favored to win on the same day, and thanks to a last-second field goal and some overtime heroics, all four of them did. Well, this time the scenario is exactly the opposite. The oddsmakers and experts are expecting everyone to lose, some in very convincing fashion. Three of the games are at home with one on the road. The show starts tonight at Carter-Finley Stadium,...

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Up the Creek, George's goal nets Tar Heels 1-0 OT win over Campbell

Posted By on Wed, Sep 18, 2013 at 1:07 AM

EAKES ATHLETIC COMPLEX/ BUIES CREEK—It looked like a mismatch. The No. 1 North Carolina Tar Heels Men’s Soccer team, in the wake of last Friday’s draw with ACC rival Maryland, strolled into what figured to be a midweek tune-up against the Campbell Camels. The Tar Heels were undefeated on the young season, while Campbell had only one win out of four games. But although UNC soundly defeated Campbell last season in Chapel Hill and led the all-time series between the schools 17-6-1, the Camels had actually won three of their last five meetings since 2006. Moreover, the last time the...

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Sunday, September 15, 2013

Weird science: Late RailHawks goal salvages 2-2 draw with Rowdies

Posted By on Sun, Sep 15, 2013 at 8:30 AM

WAKEMED SOCCER PARK/ CARY—Both the Carolina RailHawks and Tampa Bay Rowdies continued individual unbeaten streaks in the wake of their 2-2 draw Saturday night in Cary. But only one team appeared in a celebratory mood. The Rowdies (2-5-0, 11 pts.) extended their overall unbeaten run to nine games, which now includes four wins and five draws. Meanwhile, the RailHawks (3-2-2, 11 pts.) ran their home unbeaten streak to 13 matches, with 11 wins and 2 draws over both NASL and U.S. Open Cup play in 2013. However, each team surrendered leads Saturday at WakeMed Soccer Park, and by leaving...

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Saturday, September 14, 2013

Hillside grad Lee spoils Duke's day as Yellow Jackets roll

Posted By on Sat, Sep 14, 2013 at 9:11 PM

Photo by Dean Strickland O.D.Duke’s Kenny Anunike (84) and David Helton (47) make a rare stop on Georgia Tech's Vad Lee, who threw four TD passes and ran for one. WALLACE WADE STADIUM/DURHAM Duke gets a really big opportunity today, on a sun-splashed afternoon but in front of a half-full house. The 2-0 Blue Devils will square off with 1-0 Georgia Tech, which last lost to Duke in 2003 here when current Tech defensive coordinator Ted Roof was the Duke head coach. Get a win today, and Duke will be favored for a 7-0 start. Seriously. Duke will go with...

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Holness helps Heels halve with Maryland 2-2

Posted By on Sat, Sep 14, 2013 at 2:12 AM

FETZER FIELD/ CHAPEL HILL—Following the conclusion of Friday evening’s hard-fought 2-2 draw between the No. 2 North Carolina and No. 18 Maryland Men’s Soccer teams, the hundred or so Terrapin students who made the trek from College Park, Md., after serenading the Maryland players with their school’s fight song, turned to those Tar Heels fans remaining from the 4,089 in attendance and offered up a chant. It was a simple salutation, a gesture of reconciliation and unity to commemorate the final ACC regular season match between these longtime conference foes before Maryland departs next year for the Big 10:...

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Friday, September 13, 2013

Hey Triangle, are you ready for some futball?

Posted By on Fri, Sep 13, 2013 at 8:30 AM

Photo by Joannah IrvinWith Brian Shriver looking on, Ty Shipalane looks for daylight during the Carolina RailHawks 1-0 win over Minnesota United FC on Aug. 24 at WakeMed Soccer Park in CaryBeyond the regular slate of high school football, most Triangle gridirons will remain quiet this weekend. Neither North Carolina nor N.C. State have games on their schedules—the Wolfpack is preparing to host No. 3 Clemson next Thursday, while the Tar Heels travels to Georgia Tech on Sept. 21. Both N.C. Central and Shaw are playing on the road. The only option for anyone needing to sate their appetite for...

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Both Durham teams face tough gridiron tests Saturday

Posted By on Fri, Sep 13, 2013 at 1:26 AM

File photo by Chris BairdBoth Duke and N.C. Central face pivotal games this weekend.Two of the four Triangle’s Division I football teams have the weekend off, but Saturday will be a big day for both teams from Durham. Duke (2-0) will take on decade-long nemesis Georgia Tech (1-0) at Wallace Wade Stadium at 3:30 p.m. in the ACC opener for both teams.And N.C. Central (1-1) will face a tough road challenge when the Eagles travel to face the brand-new program at UNC Charlotte (2-0) at noon. N.C. State (2-0) is idle until its Thursday night home game with Clemson, while...

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Thursday, September 12, 2013

Duke ends scoring woes to rip Miami in ACC opener

Posted By on Thu, Sep 12, 2013 at 9:44 PM

Indy photo by Justin CookMiami's Tara Schwitter (24) and Duke's Kim DeCesare mix it up. KOSKINEN STADIUM/DURHAM Duke opens ACC women's soccer action tonight needing to start the conference season on the right foot. The opponent for the No. 12 Blue Devils (3-2-1) is Miami (5-0), which has beaten five unranked opponents. Robbie Church's Blue Devils dropped a 2-1 decision to visiting No. 2 UCLA on Sunday, and are hoping to improve on their goal-a-game pace against a tough early schedule. Duke, which played for the NCAA title two seasons ago, is looking for its 11th straight NCAA Tournament bid....

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Saturday, September 7, 2013

Sade's foot helps State squish Spiders in closing seconds

Posted By on Sat, Sep 7, 2013 at 11:26 PM

Photo by Dean Strickland O.D.Matt Dayes goes over Richmond defensive back Wayne Pettus for the score.CARTER-FINLEY STADIUM/RALEIGH It’s Week 2 of the Dave Doeren era for N.C. State, which plays a guarantee game against a long-ago once-in-a-while rival from the Southern Conference. It’s the first meeting in nine years with Richmond (1-0) of the Colonial Athletic Association, currently the No. 12 team in the FCS rankings. The Spiders’ only win in the series was in 1970 at Richmond City Stadium (And oddly enough, I was there). Pete Thomas, who was on the second line of the depth chart until Brandon...

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Renner, UNC blow past mistake-prone Blue Raiders

Posted By on Sat, Sep 7, 2013 at 7:33 PM

Photo by Chris BairdUNC wide receiver Mark McNeill gives a stiff arm to the Blue Raiders’ Kenneth Gilstrap.KENAN STADIUM/CHAPEL HILL UNC plays its home opener on one of those sun-splashed, perfect days for, well, anything. The visitor is Middle Tennessee State of Conference USA, which is 1-0 after its 45-24 season-opening romp over Western Carolina. UNC, which is aiming for a bowl bid and wants to make a run at the ACC Championship Game after last year’s 8-4 season under NCAA probation, is looking to bounce back from its 27-10 season-opening loss at then-No. 6 South Carolina nine nights ago....

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Friday, September 6, 2013

Everyone's a favorite on Saturday's Triangle college gridiron slate

Posted By on Fri, Sep 6, 2013 at 2:55 AM

File photo by Chris BairdWith the Bull City Gridiron Classic in the rear-view mirror, Duke and NCCU face new challenges on Saturday.It’s a rare Saturday when all four Division I football teams in the Triangle are favored to win on the same day. But that’s going to be the case tomorrow. UNC, N.C. Central and N.C. State are all playing home games in which they will write guarantee checks to lesser opponents. Only Duke, which will travel to Memphis for what should be a fairer fight, seems to be facing a bit of a heavy lift. The slate opens at...

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