CHICAGO — Goalkeeper and Brownsville native Juan Gamboa had 15 saves in a victory for Hidalgo La Fiera as it defeated Las Vegas 5-4 Saturday at the Sears Centre Arena.
The win for La Fiera earned a spot in the U.S. Open Cup where it will face the Chicago Mustangs in a date and location to be determined. In addition to the win, Hidalgo will play for the Ron Newman PASL League championship.
La Fiera (16-2) took an early lead in the first quarter when Robson De Souza scored 36 seconds into the match. ut Las Vegas (14-4) scored twice in the quarter, courtesy of Franck Tayou and Alex Caceres, to give Legends a 2-1 lead after one.
La Fiera evened the score at 2 with another goal by De Souza to send the teams tied at 2 heading into the break.
La Fiera scored a pair of goals during the third quarter, from De Souza and Alejandro Morales, to hold a 4-2 cushion after three.
In the fourth quarter, the Legends' Enrique Tovar and Ricardo Sobreira scored for Las Vegas to even the match once again. But Armando Teran scored the game winner for La Fiera.
La Fiera will face the winner of the Chicago Mustangs/Cleveland Freeze match in the Ron Newman league championship match at 4:30 p.m. Sunday at Sears Centre Arena.
— La Fiera Services
UTPA baseball loses to No. 15 Oklahoma State
STILLWATER, Okla. — The University of Texas-Pan American Broncs baseball team led by one run heading into the bottom of the ninth inning, but the No. 15 Oklahoma State University Cowboys rallied for two runs to post 7-6 win on Saturday at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium.
With the Broncs (10-11) leading 6-5, the Cowboys rallied to load the bases against senior Matthew Harrell. Tim Arakawa delivered the two-run walk-off single giving the Cowboys (14-6) the series win over the Broncs.
Harrell (2-3) took the loss after pitching 1 1/3 innings while allowing two runs, none of which were earned.
The Broncs jumped out in front in the top of the first against Oklahoma State’s starter Thomas Hatch. After two quick outs during the inning, freshman Victor Garcia Jr. singled up the middle and then moved to third on a double by senior Alberto Morales. Redshirt freshman and Edgar Cordon delivered a two-round triple scoring Garcia and Morales making it 2-0.
The Cowboys answered during the bottom of the second inning against Broncs’ starter Blake English with a pair of RBI singles from Ryan Sluder and Dustin Williams tying the game at 2.
Morales started the top of the fourth inning with a double and then moved to third on Cordon’s second hit of the game. Senior Shane Ammon then followed that with an RBI single to left field scoring Morales from third. Later during the inning, the Broncs took advantage of a throwing error by the Cowboys that allowed Cordon to score from third giving them the 4-2 lead.
Craig McConaughy tied the game at 4 during the bottom of the fourth with a two-run double off of reliever Kyle Tokunaga.
The Broncs then regained the lead during the top of the sixth. Ammon led off the inning with a single and then came around to score on an RBI double by Blake Thomas. A couple of batters later, Thomas came into score on a passed ball making it 6-4.
Oklahoma State picked up a run during the bottom of the seventh on a wild pitch that made it 6-5 in favor of the Broncs which set up its walk-off during the bottom of the ninth.
The Broncs return to action at 2 p.m. Tuesday when they face the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders in doubleheader with the first game.
— UTPA Services
Broncs lose game to Rice
HOUSTON — The University of Texas-Pan American Broncs men’s tennis team were forced indoors because of bad weather as they fell 6-0 to the Rice University Owls on Saturday at the Galleria Tennis & Athletic Club.
With the delay and change of venue, the match started with singles competition.
The Owls swept through doubles in straight sets. Juan Cruz Soria lost 6-1, 6-4 to Tommy Bennett at No. 1 singles. Chetan Panditi lost 6-1, 6-4 to Srikar Alla at No. 2 singles while Sebastien Job fell 6-2, 6-0 to Adam Gustafsson at the No. 3 position.
Ricardo Hopker lost 6-1, 6-0 at No. 4 singles to Max Andrews. Mauricio Fosado lost 6-1, 6-2 to Gustavo Gonzalez at No. 5 singles and Joseph Bishop lost 6-4, 6-4 to Henrik Munch at the No. 6 spot.
The Broncs are back in action at 10 a.m. March 21, when they play host to the University of the Incarnate Word at the Orville Cox Tennis Center.
— UTPA Services
UTPA track & field has strong showing at Open
CORPUS CHRISTI — The University of Texas-Pan American Broncs men’s and women’s track & field teams kicked off their outdoor season with 23 top-five finishes at the Islanders Open on Saturday at the Dr. Jack Dugan Soccer & Track Stadium.
Jasmine Davison (52.17 meter) was crowned the first Broncs’ outdoor champion as she won the hammer throw. Cristina Santiago Bravo (48.73 meters) finished second in the throw, while Vivian Espinoza (45.65 meters) finished in fourth in the throw.
Deandra Barroso (1:02.77) won the 400 hurdles, while Stephanie Vazquez (1:06.67) finished in sixth.
In the women’s discus, Klarissa Gonzalez (40.81 meters) finished in second place, and Megan Shaw (48.65 meters) finished in fourth. Shaw (12.81 meters) also went on to finish fifth in the shot put.
Carolina Hinojosa (58.06) finished third in the 400 dash, and Melissa Rodriguez (59.12) finished in fifth.
Robin Galloso, who competed unattached, finished in second place in the 800 run (2:19.40), while Rebekah Rodriguez (2:23.38) finished eighth. Galloso then went on to win the 1,500 run (4:44.68) and Rodriguez (4:51.18) finished third.
On the men’s side, Trey Taylor (52.32 meters) was crowned first outdoor champion as he won the javelin throw.
Edgar Moreno (49.79) finished fifth in the 400 dash, while Raymond Flowers (4:16.45) posted a fifth-place finish in the 1,500 run.
Dijan Johnson and Carlos Cano finished in the top five in the 400 hurdles, as Johnson (54.14) finished in fourth and Cano (54.77) finished fifth.
In the high jump, Antonio Gonzales (1.93 meters) finished second, and Justin Gonzalez (1.83 meters) finished fifth. Mar Gonzalez posted a fourth-place finish in the long jump (6.48 meters) and then finished second in the triple jump (13.52 meters).
Javier Carretero (56.27 meters) was third in the hammer throw.
The Broncs are back in action March 22 when they compete at the IBC Bank Cactus Cup in Kingsville.
— UTPA Services
Charles paces UTPA men’s golf in final round of Border Olympics
LAREDO — Mathew Charles posted a final-round 76 to lead the University of Texas-Pan American Broncs men’s golf team in the final round of the Border Olympics on Saturday at Laredo Country Club.
Charles used his four-over par 76 to finish in a tie for 52nd with a three-round score of 227 (77, 74, 76). Freshman Gareth Saxon finished in a tie for 82nd with a three-round score of 238 (83, 74, 82) after shooting a final-round 81.
Freshman Ben Maskus posted a final-round 79 for a three-round score of 241 (86, 76, 79) finishing in tie for 89th. Sophomore Ricky Solis shot a final-round 80 to finish in a tie for 94th with a three-round score of 245 (84, 81, 80) and junior Chris Felix finished in a 96th after shooting a final-round 84 for a three-round score of 254 (83, 87, 84).
University of Houston’s Roman Robledo won the individual title with a three-round score of 209.
As a team the Broncs finished in 17th place after a final-round 316 for a three-round score of 948 (327, 305, 316). The University of Houston won the team title with a three-round score of 858.
The Broncs are back in action March 31 when they tee it up at the Wallace Jones Invitational.
— UTPA Services
Bees win fifth straight game
ODESSA – Olli Kalkaja denied all 18 shots he faced Saturday to lead the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees to a 2-0 shutout victory over the Odessa Jackalopes at Ector County Coliseum.
The win was the fifth straight for Rio Grande Valley and, with the Topeka RoadRunners idle Saturday, the Bees moved within one point of second place in the NAHL’s South Division.
R.J. Burns (Pearl River, N.Y.) gave the Bees the lead Saturday less than five minutes in when he knocked in a rebound from the slot a few seconds after the team's first power play of the game expired.
The game went scoreless for the next 43 minutes and four seconds before the Killer Bees added a goal early in the third period on a goal by Dan Kucerovy (Bethel Park, Pa.).
After a faceoff win in the Odessa zone, Ben Greiner (Newport Beach, Calif.) and Kucerovy worked a slick give-and-go chance from the left wing. Greiner’s shot was denied however, and Kucerovy cleaned up the rebound after skating out from behind the cage.
Kucerovy’s goal was his second of the weekend and his fifth since joining the Killer Bees. Greiner’s assist was his 49th point of the season as he inched closer to the 50-point plateau with four games remaining in the regular season.
Kalkaja (Oulu, Finland) made 18 saves on as many shots Saturday to earn his 18th win and third shutout of the season. Yoshihiro Kuroiwa suffered the loss in spite of making 40 saves on 42 shots. Both teams went 0 for 3 on the power play Saturday.
The Killer Bees (33-16-7) will play their final home series of the regular season at 7:05 p.m. next Saturday and 4:05 p.m. Sunday at State Farm Arena.
-- Killer Bees Services