Duke women’s soccer team raising money for foundation
Eight-year-old Emily Ayers will be an honorary captain for the Duke women’s soccer game on Sunday against Syracuse at 1 p.m., as the team participates in their annual “Pink Game.”
Ayers was born with a rare blood disorder that prevented her body from fighting bacterial infections. Her love for soccer triumphed over initial setbacks, as doctors managed to protect her immune system through medical treatments thus allowing her to play. It became apparent that Ayers would require an immediate bone marrow transplant, as she had developed myelodysplastic syndrome.
Ayers’ parents quickly got in touch with the Duke Pediatric Blood and Marrow Transplant Program. Following further evaluation, it was determined that Ayers had a perfect donor match from her older sister, Kendall.
As a result of this experience, Ayers has started a foundation called The Em Strong Foundation. The sole purpose of the foundation is to raise money for the Duke Pediatric Blood and Marrow Transplant Program and the families of the children in which they treat.
On Sunday, the Blue Devils will wear pink uniforms and will be raising money to go towards the Em Strong Foundation. There will be a silent auction prior to and during the match to raise money for the foundation.
Wake Forest: The Demon Deacons close out their three-game ACC road swing, traveling south to take on the Miami Hurricanes on Sunday at 2 p.m.
N.C. State: The Wolfpack will take on Boston College on Sunday at 1 p.m. at Newton Campus Lacrosse and Soccer Field in Newton, Mass., with both teams currently receiving votes in the NSCAA Poll and averaging over two goals per match.
Elon: The Phoenix resumes the Colonial Athletic Association portion of its schedule on Sunday when it travels to Williamsburg, Va. to face William & Mary at 2 p.m. at Martin Family Stadium.
Mt. Olive: The Trojans fell to Lees-McRae College 1-0 in Conference Carolinas play on Saturday in Banner Elk with Jocelyn Yurchak leading the team with five shots, three on goal.
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Campbell: Liberty staved off a Camels comeback over the day’s final three events, taking a 144-134 win in the season opener for both schools Saturday at the Johnson Aquatic Center.
Campbell: Marist posted 24 unanswered points, including 21 in the second half to down the visiting Camels 24-7 Saturday at Tenney Stadium in its Pioneer Football League road opener.
St. Augustine’s: D.J. Johnson tossed two touchdown passes for the Falcons in a 50-21 CIAA football loss to Virginia Union University.
Elon: In front of 10,424 fans at Rhodes Stadium on Family Weekend, the Phoenix saw its two-game winning streak snapped at the hands of 14th-rated Villanova as the Wildcats downed the Phoenix 42-7, dropping the Phoenix to 2-3 overall and 1-1 in CAA Football action.
Shaw: The Bears rallied to tie the score at 21-21 in the third quarter against Elizabeth City State after a 16-yard pass from junior quarterback Darron Downing to junior running back Rahim Winston Jr., but crucial turnovers in the second half and the Vikings defense held on when it counted to send the Bears to their fifth consecutive loss, this time 28-21 on Saturday at Roebuck Stadium.
Campbell: Longwood scored the match’s opening goal in just 41 seconds and added four second-half scores in its 6-2 victory over the Camels Saturday night in Big South Conference action with Daniel Mukuna and Matt Martinez scoring goals for the Camels (3-5, 0-2).
Mt. Olive: The Trojans fell to Lees-McRae College 1-0 in Conference Carolinas action Saturday in Banner Elk with Nikolai Iotov leading the team with three shots, two on goal.
St. Augustine’s: On Saturday, Shakera Hall recorded 13 kills and Akera McPhaul added 12 kills for the Falcons in a three-set victory over Bowie State University in the CIAA Round-Up II.
Mt. Olive: The Trojans dropped a three-set match to Limestone College in Conference Carolinas action Saturday with juniors Mi’Kayla Benson (8) and Karley Pounds (6) bringing in a total of 14 kills combined.
Campbell: The Camels’ comeback fell short Saturday against Charleston Southern, falling 3-2 inside Buccaneer Field House. After CSU took a 2-0 lead into intermission, the Camels battled back to take the third and fourth sets and force the decisive fifth set but the home side used 10 kills to take the set 15-13 and win the match.
Shaw: The Bears earned two 3-0 victories over Lincoln (Pa.) and Virginia Union on day one of the CIAA round-up on Saturday with Kelly Murphy finishing the day with 35 total kills, including 18 against Lincoln and 17 against Virginia Union.
Duke: Senior Alyssa Smith and redshirt sophomore Christina Makarova capped off doubles play during day two of the Wake Forest Invitational on a high note Saturday, winning the A Doubles draw title as they maintained their perfect record as a doubles pair this season after defeating Georgia’s team of Laura Patterson and Marta Gonzalez, 8-6, to win the final of the A Doubles draw.
Elon: A top-15 finish for sophomore Nick Ciolkowski highlighted the Phoenix’s day at the Greater Louisville Classic on Saturday morning at the course at E.P. Tom Sawyer Park where the Phoenix women finished 10th overall out of 36 teams at the meet while the maroon and gold men were 29th.
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