Virginia Beach City FC overcomes two-goal deficit with Secka hat-trick

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HOME SOCCER

Sheriff Secka scored a hat trick on Saturday as Virginia Beach City FC rallied for a 5-3 National Premier Soccer League win over First State FC at Powhatan Field in Norfolk. VBCFC improved their unbeaten streak to four games.

First State, based in Wilmington, Delaware, took a 1-0 lead from a fourth-minute corner kick and doubled the lead in the 22nd.

VBCFC (3-1-2) began their comeback in the 28th minute when Secka scored on a pass from Joel Albritton. Secka scored again in the 40th minute, leveling the game at 2.

Shortly after half-time, Secka’s third goal gave City a 3-2 lead in the 48th minute, and VBCFC quickly doubled.

First State (0-4-2) scored in the 68th minute to make it 4-3, but Ryan Mahon’s kickoff about three minutes later provided the last goal of the night. A red card against First State gave VBCFC the men’s advantage for the final 17 minutes of the Mid-Atlantic Division game.

HOME BASEBALL

The Holly Springs Salamanders ended the Peninsula Drivers’ Coastal Plain League winning streak at two, beating them 6-2 on Saturday night to 1,176 in North Carolina.

Kaleb Hannahs was 2-for-3 with a run for the Pilots (7-9), and Wyatt Langford hit 3-for-5.

Holly Springs starter Kyle Rich scattered five hits over three shutout innings, and Pierce Williams took the win with two relief shutout innings. The Pilots scored twice in the sixth, an inning in which they had no hits, to close the gap to 3-2. But Osuna put the Salamanders back in control with a three-run homer in the eighth against Leif Bigelow.

Brett Callahan and Will Stewart of Holly Springs each hit 2 for 4 with a run and an RBI.

Pilots starter Carmine Poppiti suffered the loss, allowing three runs and six hits over four innings.

Meanwhile, at War Memorial Stadium in Hampton, other members of the Pilots lost 11-2 in an exhibition against the Tarboro River Bandits of the Tidewater Premier League in front of a large crowd at a throw-out night of seat. A few regulars, such as Christopher Newport’s Jay Cassady, competed for pilots, but they used plenty of back-ups such as Norfolk State’s Dionte Brown.

The Pilots next play at home Sunday at 7 p.m. against the Martinsville Mustangs.

LITTLE LEAGUE

District 7 Baseball Tournament competition for 8-10 year olds began Friday night with York County shutting out Poquoson 15-0 and Warwick beating Phoebus 16-2 at Northampton Little League in Hampton.

York County then outscored Deer Park 22-0 on Saturday before playing a game Monday at 6 p.m. Warwick was due to face Northampton at 11am on Saturday.

Poquoson and Phoebus will be back in action on Sunday for playoff games.

Saturday at the Phoebus Little League complex, the District Softball Tournament for ages 8-10 has begun.

Sunday, the District 7 Intermediate Baseball Tournament will kick off in Phoebus.

ATHLETICS

Ken Lampert was known for his dedication to athletics at Hampton Roads. The longtime Norfolk Academy coach, who volunteered for almost 50 years, died in 2020 after suffering a stroke.

But he is remembered with three track meets in his honor, thanks to his son, Zachary.

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The matches will take place at Norfolk Academy on June 21, July 14 and July 21.

The competitions will start at 5:30 pm The registration fee is $10 for the first registration of a person and $5 for each additional registration. Proceeds from the dating will go to his father’s two endowment funds – Norfolk Academy and Eggleston Services.

For more information, email Zachary at [email protected]

OBITUARY

Former football player James Madison and assistant coach Clayton Matthews has died, his family has announced. His sister Meredith Matthews Wells said on social media that Matthews suffered a hemorrhagic stroke due to high blood pressure, caused for unknown reasons.

Matthews played for the Dukes in 2001 and 2002 as a quarterback, wide receiver, punter and kicker before two car crashes — one as a driver, one as a passenger — less than a year away. interval leave him paralyzed.

He was a student assistant coach in JMU’s national title first team in 2004, often shown in a wheelchair on the sidelines, on staff with his father Mickey, the most winning coach in JMU football history .

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