HIDALGO – A few months ago, Rio Grande Valley La Fiera FC players donned the navy blue colors of the Monterey Flash, who relocated to South Texas in 2012.
The Flash, who moved back to Monterrey during the offseason, beat La Fiera in overtime in the teams' first match this season.
La Fiera wanted nothing more than to return the favor, and an extra period was needed to complete the task. Edgar Flores scored the game-winning goal with 9:16 left in overtime as La Fiera FC won 5-4 on Sunday night at State Farm Arena.
It was a game with high emotions for the team, including La Fiera goalkeeper Juan Gamboa.
“It’s extra emotion,” said Gamboa, who finished with 11 saves on 15 attempts. “They beat us at their house, and we wanted to get them back. We carried that mentality tonight, and it helped us a lot.”
RGV (6-1) moved 1/2 game behind the Flash (7-1) in the Central Division of the Professional Arena Soccer League. La Fiera has played one less game than Monterrey.
Already this season, La Fiera had won three games in which they scored 13 goals or more, including last week’s 14-3 thrashing of Texas. It wasn’t the high-scoring game to which Gamboa had been accustomed, but considering the circumstances it was a win he was willing to take.
“We had a lot of adrenaline running through our bodies, so it was crazy to get that goal,” Gamboa said. “The goal happened out of nowhere because (Flores) got a high ball and just took it for the goal. It felt good to get this win.”
The familiarity between the clubs made for a tough and physical game, and the chippy play led to multiple two-minute penalties. In all, 13 blue cards were issued, forcing five different Fiera players to sit. La Fiera and Monterrey each netted twice on the power play.
“Very tough game,” Gamboa said.
La Fiera took a 2-0 lead with goals from Damian Garcia and Chilean forward Carlos Farias via penalty kick. But 37 seconds into the second half, Monterrey’ Erick Tovar cut into the lead.
The teams exchanged scores after that until Monterrey netted twice during the final seven minutes, including a head-assisted goal from Lourenco Andrade to tie the game at 4 with 4:35 left in the game.
Monterrey played without international starters Walter Gaitan, Jesus ‘Cabrito’ Arellano and Claudio ‘Diablo’ Nunez. Their contracts include a no-travel clause, so they did not make the trip.
-- Alex E. Peña, Special to The Monitor
UTPA men lose to TCU
FORT WORTH – The University of Texas-Pan American men’s basketball team led late but the Texas Christian University Horned Frogs closed the game on a 17-3 run to win 57-48 on Sunday at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.
The Broncs (4-8) led 45-40 after a layup by freshman L.J. McIntosh with 6:35 remaining. Kyan Anderson hit a free throw, Charles Hill Jr. made a layup, Brandon Parrish hit four free throws, Karviar Shepherd made a layup, Parrish hit another free throw and Anderson made a layup as the Horned Frogs (6-3) scored 12 straight points to take a 52-45 lead with 1:30 to go. The Horned Frogs made 5 of 6 free throws down the stretch to seal the game.
Sophomore Shaquille Hines led the Broncs with 12 points and seven rebounds. Senior Justin Leathers scored 10 points. Graduate student Javorn Farrell scored eight points with five rebounds, six assists and two steals. Junior Shaqulle Boga grabbed a career-high seven rebounds with four points and two assists.
Anderson led four Horned Frogs in double figures in scoring with 16 points. Jarvis Ray scored 12 points. Shepherd notched a double-double with 11 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks. Parrish finished with 10 points and six rebounds.
The game was tight throughout, staying within one possession for the final 17 minutes of the first half and first eight minutes of the second half. The first half featured six lead changes and five ties. The second half had four more lead changes and seven more ties as the teams tried to gain separation.
The Broncs pushed their lead to two possessions for the first time with 12:04 remaining when a Farrell layup made it 36-32. The Horned Frogs scored the next six points to take the lead, but a Hines layup, a McIntosh 3 and another Hines layup gave the Broncs their first of two five-point leads at 43-38 with 8:02 left.
The Horned Frogs led by four points twice - at 7-3 and 9-5 - but didn’t push their lead to two possessions again until Shepherd hit a layup to make it 49-45 with 2:19 remaining.
The Broncs complete their road trip when they visit SMU at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
-- UTPA Services
UTPA women lose to TCU
FORT WORTH – The University of Texas-Pan American women’s basketball team lost 73-47 to the Texas Christian University Horned Frogs on Sunday at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.
Sophomore KaeLynn Boyd led the Broncs (5-4) with 14 points with four rebounds and two steals. Junior Brittany Bush recorded her third double-double with 13 points, 10 rebounds and two steals.
Three Horned Frogs (6-3) reached double figures in scoring, led by Natalie Ventress, who scored 18 points on 5 of 8 shooting, including 3 of 6 from behind the arc, with five rebounds and three steals. Zahna Medley scored 11 points with five assists. Donielle Breaux scored 11 points with five rebounds.
Boyd scored the Broncs’ first eight points to keep the game close during the first five minutes, hitting 3s to tie the game at 3 and bring the Broncs within 9-6. She also made a layup to keep the Broncs within 11-8. Bush's layup, with 13 minutes left, brought the Broncs to within 14-10, but Breaux hit a free throw 52 seconds later to kick off a 21-1 run over a 9 minutes, 30 second span that led to a 35-11 Horned Frogs lead.
The Broncs scored the final seven points of the first half on a jumper by Boyd, a 3 by junior Cherrell Price and a layup by freshman Shawnte’ Goff to trail 39-19 at the break. UTPA brought the deficit under 20 midway through the second half when a Price 3 made it 51-32.
The Broncs return home at 7 p.m. Wednesday when they play host to the University of Texas at Arlington at the UTPA Field House.
-- UTPA Services