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Charleston Battery drops season opener in Richmond

Charleston Battery drops season opener in Richmond

Richmond, VA April 13, 2013 – The Charleston Battery lost by a score of four goals to one to the Richmond Kickers in the opening game of the USL PRO season on Saturday night at City Stadium. The Battery conceded twice in each half and could only reply with one goal of their own as they suffered their heaviest defeat at the hands of Richmond since 1996. Charleston’s last USL PRO game was the championship match versus the Wilmington Hammerheads that saw the Battery claim a fourth title in September of last year. It was a lackluster performance by the defending champions though as the Battery failed to find the attacking rhythm that had seen them go undefeated in a […]

Charleston Battery adds Azira and Griffith

Charleston Battery adds Azira and Griffith

Charleston, SC April 12, 2013 – The Charleston Battery has agreed to terms with midfielder Michael Azira and defender Quinton Griffith for the upcoming USL PRO season. Azira returns to the Battery for a second season after scoring the winning goal in the 2012 USL PRO Championship match. Griffith is a current member of the Antigua and Barbuda national team and joins the Battery after playing the past two seasons for fellow USL PRO side Antigua Barracuda FC. Midfielder Michael Azira returns to the Charleston Battery for a second year after an impressive first season. Azira played 18 games for the Battery in 2012 logging 1,567 minutes. Azira’s lone goal for the year turned out to be a crucial one […]

Midfielders Heaney and Patrick Sign with Hammerheads

Midfielders Heaney and Patrick Sign with Hammerheads

Join team following successful pro tour in Antalya, Turkey Wilmington, NC April 12, 2013 – As the Wilmington Hammerheads’ opening night at Legion Stadium approaches, midfielders Will Heaney and Arron Patrick have officially signed with the squad for the 2013 USL PRO regular season. Both Heaney and Patrick returned from a professional tour with Pro Soccer Consulting (PSC) in Antalya, Turkey back in March. There they played alongside the Hammerheads as they competed against several professional teams from around the world.   Following their return from Turkey, Heaney and Patrick started training for preseason with Head Coach David Irving and the Hammerheads. Heaney tallied two goals this preseason thus far; one in their first match versus Mt. Olive College, the […]

Schedule of Events: Solid Orange Weekend, April 12-14

Schedule of Events: Solid Orange Weekend, April 12-14

CLEMSON, SC April 11, 2013 – Clemson Athletics has a busy weekend planned for April 12-14, 2013, with several events scheduled, including the Spring Football Game on Saturday, April 13 at 4:00 PM at Memorial Stadium. The Tiger baseball and women’s tennis teams will host regular season events at home over the weekend, while the women’s soccer team and volleyball team will play spring exhibition games. The spring football game, women’s tennis matches, women’s soccer games and volleyball matches are free and open to the public. Tickets for the Clemson vs. Wake Forest baseball series can be purchased on ClemsonTigers.com. The schedule of events is listed below. Friday, April 12 6:30 PM – Baseball vs. Wake Forest, Doug Kingsmore Stadium […]

Charleston Battery open USL PRO season at Richmond Kickers

Charleston Battery open USL PRO season at Richmond Kickers

Charleston, SC April 11, 2013 – The Charleston Battery will open their 2013 campaign this Saturday, April 13 at 7:00pm against the Richmond Kickers at City Stadium in Richmond, Virginia. The two clubs have been competing against one another since 1993 and have created a great rivalry over the years.   Over the past 46 meetings, the two sides are all knotted up with 21 wins each and four draws. With those statistics it should come as no surprise that in their two meetings last season the teams split wins with the Battery taking the first game and the Kickers claiming the second. In addition to a rich history of quality soccer matches, over the years the two clubs have […]

NC State Head Coach Tim Santoro Finalizes Coaching Staff

NC State Head Coach Tim Santoro Finalizes Coaching Staff

RALEIGH, NC April 9, 2013 – NC State first-year women’s soccer head coach Tim Santoro has finalized his coaching staff in preparation for the upcoming 2013 season. Former Wolfpack keeper Kim Kern has been named an assistant coach after serving as the Director of Operations for the 2012 campaign. An NC State graduate, Kern was a four-year starter who ranks among the program’s best in goals-against-average, shutouts and saves. She made 66 career starts in net, including 57 of 58 matches during her final three seasons. “Kim brings a lot of knowledge and experience, not just to the goalkeeper position on the coaching side, but to the program as a whole with her knowledge of NC State and the Raleigh […]

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Akira Fitzgerald Named NASL Player of the Week

Akira Fitzgerald Named NASL Player of the Week

Seven save, shutout performance earns top player of the week recognition CARY, NC April 8, 2013 – Last Saturday night, the Carolina RailHawks earned a valuable 0-0 tie on the road, led by RailHawks netminder, Akira Fitzgerald, and his strong shutout performance. For one of his best games in his young career, Fitzgerald has been named the North American Soccer League’s Player of the Week for the first weekend of league action. A weekend that saw four goalkeepers earn shutouts, it was Fitzgerald that jumped above the rest with a league-leading seven saves against the Tampa Bay Rowdies, including many gravity-defying leaps to keep the RailHawks net empty. “Akira is very deserving of being named NASL Player of the Week,” […]

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RailHawks Launch New “Elite Technique” Supplemental Training Program For Triangle-Area Youth Soccer Players

RailHawks Launch New “Elite Technique” Supplemental Training Program For Triangle-Area Youth Soccer Players

Specialized training that supplements current club training CARY, NC April 8, 2013 – The Carolina RailHawks professional soccer team announced today that it is launching a new RailHawks Elite Technique supplemental training program for the dedicated youth soccer player that wants to supplement his or her current club training. The program’s curriculum will be uniquely patterned upon the most successful professional youth academy programs worldwide with a focus on breaking down fundamental techniques and mastering them to become a “complete” player. The curriculum has been developed by the RailHawks technical staff based on decades of direct youth academy and professional experience in Europe and the U.S. “Starting at age eight, I trained at the Southampton Academy in England and learned […]

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RailHawks Earn Draw in NASL Season Opener

RailHawks Earn Draw in NASL Season Opener

Fitzgerald has 7 saves in shutout performance CARY, NC April 6, 2013 – The Carolina RailHawks earned a valuable road point with a 0-0 tie against the Tampa Bay Rowdies to open the 2013 NASL Spring Season. The added intensity from the NASL’s new split-season format was evident from the get-go with the match ending with 28 fouls. The RailHawks shutout performance was led by RailHawks goalkeeper Akira Fitzgerald and his 7 saves.   “After a slow start in the first half, I thought we responded well in the second and worked hard for the point,” said RailHawks head coach Colin Clarke. “To come away with a point on the road moves us forward and our defense was a big […]

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Wilmington Hammerheads Welcome Back Taylor

Wilmington Hammerheads Welcome Back Taylor

Midfielder returns for second USL PRO season Wilmington, NC April 5, 2013 – The Wilmington Hammerheads are pleased to announce the return of 2012 All-USL PRO Second Team midfielder Bryce Taylor for his second consecutive season with the USL PRO team. Taylor made his debut in USL PRO last season with the Hammerheads appearing in all 24 regular season games; tallying five goals and three assists.   Taylor came out strong at the start of the 2012 USL PRO regular season scoring his first career goal against Orlando City during the Hammerheads’ first match of the season. A key player in the outside midfield, Taylor was voted by Hammerheads supporters as ‘Rookie of the Year’ for the 2012 season with […]

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