It took 120 minutes of play and six penalty kicks, but the Fort Lauderdale Strikers pulled off the upset in Minnesota by defeating United 2-1 (5-4 in penalty kicks).
United took the lead in the 34th minute on a goal by Miguel Ibarra. The Strikers came out in the second half and applied pressure but were unable to find the goal early on.
The Strikers made several strategic moves to bring in added offense, bringing in Aly Hassan, Jenison Brito and Martin Nunez late in the second half.
The Strikers scored the equalizer near the end of regulation in a somewhat controversial goal. Fafa Picault attempted to slot the ball into the middle of the box, but the Minnesota defender kicked the ball, which continued moving forward. Nunez got the ball off the defenders foot and scored the game tying goal.
Strikers coach Gunter Kronsteiner was ejected from the match in the 71st minute for arguing with the fourth official.
The Strikers will travel to either San Antonio or New York to take on the Scorpions or the Cosmos, who were playing each other in a later game.
Swimming and Diving
▪ Miami 164, Illinois State 135: The Hurricanes’ 200-yard medley relay team got the afternoon started with a victory as UM won nine races in its first dual meet at home this season. Heather Arseth, Amy Wiley, My Fridell and Angela Algee won with a time of 1:44.05.
Cameron Davis won her third and fourth career events with first-place finishes in the 1,000 freestyle (10:27.41) and the 500 freestyle (5:04.87).
UM senior Wilfredo Gonzalez and freshman Christian Langmo each won a singles match and a doubles match together at the Florida Invitational in Gainesville.
Gonzalez dominated North Florida’s Norbert Nemcsek 6-1, 6-0, and Langmo handled UNF junior Julian Bradley 6-4, 6-2. Together, Gonzalez and Langmo beat Texas’ duo of Lloyd Glasspool and Nick Naumann 8-6. They also lost a doubles match to UNF’s Jack Findel-Hawkins and Norbert Nemcsek 8-5. UM’s Kevin Bondar, Andrew Harrington, Nike Clark, Henrique Tsukamoto and Bernard Tefel all fell in straight-set singles matches.
▪ Florida Southern d. Barry 3-0: Jenny Trinidad had seven kills, 21 assists and 10 digs, but the Buccaneers fell 25-15, 25-11, 25-20 to the Moccasins at home. Seniors Jayla Trombley finished with seven kills, eight digs and a block, and Kristina Boncheva had eight kills and five digs in their final home match for Barry (17-10, 7-7 Sunshine State Conference).
▪ Nova Southeastern d. Saint Leo 3-1: Katie Pyles held a team-high 42 assists, Dana Holger had 18 kills, a .320 hitting percentage and 10 digs, and Sydney Cook also had 14 kills and 11 digs as the Sharks beat the Lions, 31-29, 25-17, 21-25, 25-16, for the first time in six years.
▪ St. Thomas d. Webber 3-0: Dana Nowaczyk carried the Bobcats with 39 assists. Sydney Maynard had 19 digs and Marisa Markus had 11 kills as St. Thomas (15-15, 7-7 Sun Conference) beat Webber 25-18, 27-25, 25-20.
▪ Late Friday — St. Thomas d. Warner 3-0: Dana Nowaczyk had 38 assists, and Marisa Markus had a team-high 16 kills as the Bucs beat the Warriors 27-25, 25-22, 25-12.