Virginia Legacy 76 made its National Premier Soccer League debut Saturday night, losing 2-1 to Chesterfield United FC at Wanner Stadium.
Legacy was forced to play a man down in the first minute after goalkeeper Ryan McArthur, from Poquoson and VCU, was given a red card for challenging too physically.
Chesterfield scored nine minutes into the game, then 30 minutes in to go ahead 2-0. Jacob Weiler netted a goal early in the second half for Legacy. Substitute Robert Alberti put a ball in the net for an apparent tying goal, but an offsides goal negated it.
Legacy's Jalon Brown, a Christopher Newport All-American, received a red card, putting the Williamsburg-based squad two men down, and Chesterfield held on to win.
Victor Flemming of Carrollton was the top men’s finisher and Karen Terry, 25, of Hampton was the top women’s finisher at the Red, White and Blue 5K at the Naval Weapons Station Yorktown-Cheatham Annex in Williamsburg.
Flemming, the Colonial Road Runners 2014 Grand Prix leader, finished in 16 minutes, 20 seconds. Terry, 25, finished in 19:00, edging Jennifer Quarles’ second-place time of 19:02.
Terry was running her first CRR race since winning the women’s CRR Grand Prix in 2012. She outkicked six-time CRR Grand Prix champion Quarles, 42, of Williamsburg.
Debbie McLaughlin, 48, of Williamsburg pulled away from 2013 CRR Grand Prix champion Mercedes Castillo-D’Amico, 56, of Newport News, to take third, 20:08 to 20:32.
The best age-graded race and most impressive performance of the day, though, came from Jim Thornton of Seaford, who turned 60 in April. He ran 18:54 to break by three seconds the all-time CRR record for men 60-64.
Brett Wallace smacked a home run over the right-field wall on Nelvin Fuentes' first pitch of the 13th inning, giving the Norfolk Tides (15-27) a series-opening 7-6 win against the Charlotte Knights (14-28) before 8,197 at Harbor Park on Saturday night.
That Wallace won the game was fitting. He had one of the best nights of his pro career, batting 4-for-5 and scoring four runs. Teammate Xavier Paul doubled twice, scored a run and drove in two.
The Tides, who have had the IL's worst record for much of the season, went ahead of Charlotte in the South Division. They bounced back after dropping three of four at home to the Louisville Bats and after squandering a 6-3 lead in the final two innings against Charlotte, the Triple-A affiliate of the Chicago White Sox.
Jordan Danks' home run made it 6-4 in the eighth. Charlotte pulled even in the ninth when Tides catcher Brian Ward -- who had driven in two runs earlier in the night -- committed a fielding error and a throwing error on the same play, permitting Dan Black and Blake Tekotte to score.
A.J. Morris pitched seven innings, yielding six hits, and combined with two relievers on a shutout to boost Altoona to a 3-0 home win against Richmond.
Alen Hanson sparked the offense for the Curve (16-24), Pittsburgh's Double-A affiliate, with a home run, two runs, two steals and two singles. Stetson Allie added a home run.
Ryan Lollis batted 3-for-4 for the Flying Squirrels (21-19), who had nine hits. Ty Blach took the defeat.
The Trenton (N.J.) Freedom (5-2) went ahead by as many as 17 points in the second half and beat the Richmond Raiders 52-42 in a Professional Indoor Football League contest at Richmond Coliseum.
The Raiders fell to 1-5 with their third loss to Trenton.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun