A disputed late foul inside the large area and the subsequent penalty kick negated Miami FC from winning its inaugural NASL match Saturday night.
Maicon Santos’ successful penalty kick in second-half stoppage time helped the Fort Lauderdale Strikers salvage a 1-1 tie against Miami FC in the spring season opener in front of 2,331 at Lockhart Stadium.
Santos was awarded the kick after match referee Jose Carlos Rivero called a foul on Miami FC defender Brad Rusin against Geison Moura in the penalty area. Moura fell after a light collision with Rusin.
“That’s the game of football, unfortunately a second can change the game,” Miami FC defender and team captain Jonathan Borrajo said. “I saw the play, and I’m going to have to see it later.
“I think it was a bit soft of a call. [Rivero] left a lot of other strong challenges go. We take away the positives.”
Santos beat Miami FC goalkeeper Mario Vega with a conversion that landed under the crossbar. Earlier, Vega kept the Strikers scoreless with saves off shots from Moura and Santos in the 58th and 80th minutes.
“You’ve got to handle the pressure,” Santos said of his kick seconds before the final whistle. “If you don’t handle the pressure, you’re not going to be good for your team. That’s your job.”
Dario Cvitanich scored the first goal in Miami FC’s history after his successful penalty kick in the 12th minute.
Fort Lauderdale defender Julius James fouled Miami midfielder Ariel Martinez inside the penalty area, and Cvitanich beat Strikers goalkeeper Bruno with a shot that landed inside the left post.
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Colombia’s Roamer Angulo won a lopsided unanimous decision over Argentina’s Claudio Abalos in the main event of a boxing show late Friday at War Memorial Auditorium in Fort Lauderdale. Two judges scored the super-middleweight bout for Angulo 80-72, and the third had him winning 79-73.
In other bouts: Fort Lauderdale featherweight Antonio Williams scored a second-round TKO over Bryant Rios at 2:24 of the second round; Miami welterweight Clifford Gray Jr. won a majority decision over Larry Redrick; and heavyweight Tyrone Spong knocked out Lucas Queen at 1:04 of the first round.
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▪ FIU 12, UTSA 4: The visiting Panthers (14-16, 3-5 Conference USA) had 13 hits and took advantage of nine walks by the Roadrunners (11-15, 2-6) to even the three-game series.
▪ Nova Southeastern 11-12, Barry 2-0: The Sharks (21-11, 11-4 Sunshine State Conference) used five home runs in the doubleheader to cruise past the Buccaneers (18-15, 2-7).
▪ No. 24 St. Thomas 9, USC Beaufort 4: The host Bobcats (24-13, 9-5 The Sun Conference) beat the No. 6 Sand Sharks (31-5, 13-2) in the final game of a three-game series. Andrew Denis allowed three earned runs on eight hits with two walks and two strikeouts over five innings.
▪ Broward College 13, Eastern Florida State College 6: Orley Arellano went 2 for 2 with a double, scored three runs and collected three RBI to lead the host Seahawks (24-16, 12-8 Southern Conference) over the Titans (26-12, 12-7).
▪ UM 7, Clemson 0: The No. 7 Hurricanes began the month of April the same way they finished March — with an Atlantic Coast Conference victory for their ninth win a row. UM (13-4, 8-2) shut out host No. 29 Clemson (8-7, 6-4) for the second season in a row.
▪ Barry 8, Tampa 1: The second-ranked Buccaneers (10-0, 2-0 SSC) made short work of the visiting Spartans (6-5, 0-3) for their 10th consecutive victory to start the season.
▪ Rollins 11, Nova Southeastern 1: The visiting Sharks (11-28, 1-17 SSC) lost to the Tars (27-6-1, 10-2) in a game that was interrupted by a long weather delay.
▪ Ave Maria 1-1, St. Thomas 0-2: Meghan Riddle hit a walk-off single to score Jessica Matias as the host Bobcats (13-1, 2-1 TSC) defeated Ave Maria (17-13, 3-3) in Game 2 of a doubleheader. Starting pitcher Jennifer Acevedo (4-4) earned the win after pitching a complete game.
The 10th-ranked Panthers (9-7, 5-3 CCSA) split Day Two of the FIU Surf & Turf Invitational, falling to No. 2 USC 5-0 but defeating rival No. 8 Georgia State 3-2.