HIDALGO — The Rio Grande Valley scored six first-half goals and defeated the Texas Strikers 12-3 on Sunday at State Farm Arena.
A hat trick from Erick Flores paved the victory for the Flash, who took over third place in the Central Division of the PASL.
Damian Garcia scored the opening goal less than two minutes into the game. Texas responded with a goal by Chris Meyer, which was assisted by Tony Vega four minutes later.
The Flash responded with three unanswered goals, making it 4-1. Texas added a goal early in the second period to cut the deficit to 4-2.
Juan Gamboa made 10 saves, earning his second win of the season.
The next home match for the Flash is at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1, when they face Real Phoenix.
Austin snaps Vipers' winning streak
AUSTIN – The Austin Toros snapped the Rio Grande Valley Vipers' seven-game winning streak with a 106-91 win Sunday at Cedar Park Center.
The Toros (14-10) never trailed and led by as much as 25 points.
Rick Jackson had a career night for the Toros, totaling a season-high 21 points and 25 rebounds. Jamarr Sanders finished with a game-high 24 points on 8 of 10 shooting, including 4 of 6 from three-point territory.
JaMychal Green, in his first start for the Toros, earned his second consecutive double-double with 15 points and 12 rebounds. Spurs assignee Cory Joseph added 10 points and a game-high six assists.
The Vipers struggled to get things going from the tip, shooting just more than 35 percent from the field and 18 percent from three-point range. Rockets assignee Donatas Motiejunas was the Vipers' top performer, contributing 17 points and seven rebounds. Andrew Goudelock added 16 points and a team-high five assists.
The Toros travel to Bakersfield for a doubleheader next weekend. The Toros return home at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, to face the Canton Charge in their second matchup of the season.
-- Vipers Services
UTPA men's tennis loses to No. 54 Rice
HOUSTON – The University of Texas-Pan American Broncs men’s tennis team lost 7-0 to the No. 54 Rice University Owls on Sunday after playing doubles and starting singles at Jake Hess Tennis Stadium and finishing at the Downtown Club at the MET due to rain.
The Broncs (0-2) and Owls (2-2) locked up in a competitive doubles point at Jake Hess Tennis Stadium. The Owls took the first match as Adam Gustafsson and Tommy Bennett beat Thomas-Orestis Panoulas and Victor Alves 8-4 at No. 2, but Sebastien Job and Alejandro Sanoja, bumped up to the No. 1 spot after playing at No. 2 in the Broncs’ last match, responded with an 8-6 victory over Jonathan Chang and Peter Frank.
It came down to the No. 3 match to determine the point, and the team of Chetan Panditi and Felix Hasselberg, who was making his dual debut and teaming with Panditi for the first time, played Philipp Seifert and Gustavo Gonzalez tough before losing 8-7 to make it 1-0 Owls.
About half an hour after beginning singles play, rain rolled in and suspended the match, and the Broncs and Owls relocated.
Panditi and Alves played a pair of tight first sets at Nos. 2 and 4, but each lost 7-5 to Frank and Seifert respectively. Panditi dropped the second set 6-3, and Alves lost his second set 6-0. The Broncs dropped the other four singles matches in straight sets.
This Broncs return home at 4 p.m. Friday for their home opener at the newly renovated Orville Cox Tennis Center. They play host to Laredo Community College, the seventh-ranked team among junior colleges.
-- UTPA Services