HIDALGO — The Rio Grande Valley defeated the Dallas Sidekicks 8-6 on Sunday at State Farm Arena.
The Flash used eight different scorers, but an empty-net goal by Armando Teran, assisted by Edgar Flores, iced the game for the Flash.
Alejandro Morales scored the opening goal less than two minutes into the game, giving the Flash an early 1-0 lead.
Dallas responded with a goal by Patrick Shamu, the first of his three goals of the game. Jose Malacara added the second goal for the Flash at the 12:24 mark of the first period.
Goalkeeper Juan Gamboa made eight saves and contributed two assists in his debut victory.
Former Chilean striker Hector Nuñez will join the Flash for a game at 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27, when they play host to the Texas Strikers.
Surging Vipers play host to Legends
HIDALGO — A four-game winning streak has propelled the Rio Grande Valley Vipers to the top of the NBA Development League Central Division standings. They will have a chance to cushion their edge in the standings this week with three home games against teams that are chasing them.
They will get their first opportunity at 7 Monday night when they face the Texas Legends at State Farm Arena. The Vipers (12-8) lead Sioux Falls (13-10) by one-half of a game in the standings. Austin (12-10) is third, one game back, following by the Legends (11-10), who are 1 1/2 games behind.
The Vipers also will play the Legends on Wednesday and then welcome Sioux Falls on Saturday before embarking on a six-game road trip.
The Vipers have three trends working in their favor Monday night. They are 6-1 at home and have a six-game winning streak at State Farm Arena. They have also won six of their last seven.
Meanwhile, the Legends, who are coached by Eduardo Najera, have lost five in a row. The Vipers are 1-2 against the Legends this season. All three games were in Frisco.
The Vipers have fortified their team with some experience since their previous meeting Dec. 16, a 103-102 loss. Guards Andrew Goudelock (20.4-point average) and Terrel Harris (12.0 points, 7.2 rebounds) are with the team now. They give the Vipers some veteran leadership.
Houston Rockets assignee Terrence Jones, a rookie from Kentucky, has scored 27 points in each of his last two games. He averages 20.6 points and 10.5 rebounds.
-- The Monitor
UTPA women lose to No. 29 Rice
HOUSTON – The University of Texas-Pan American Broncs women’s tennis team lost 7-0 to the No. 29 Rice University Owls on Sunday at Jake Hess Tennis Stadium.
The Broncs (0-2) dropped all three doubles matches, but played one tight one. At the No. 3 position, Didi Fatchikova and Manon Lavrijssen fell to Kimberly Anicete and Stephanie Nguyen 8-7.
The Owls (2-0) won all six singles matches in straight sets, with the closest set coming at No. 4, when Wanda Beguelin lost 6-4 to Nguyen.
The Broncs are back in action at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, when they visit Texas State.
-- UTPA Services