Sunday, July 15, 2018

Busy week of July 15-21 coming at BBVA Compass Stadium

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By Robert H Kelly
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HOUSTON, TEXAS (July 15, 2018). The week of July 15-21 will be a busy time at Houston's BBVA Compass Stadium. Four events will be held on four consecutive days, beginning on July 18. On Wednesday, the Houston Dynamo will host Sporting Kansas City in the quarterfinal round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. Kickoff is slated for 7:30 p.m. CDT. Kansas City is the defending U.S. Open champion, taking their fourth title last year (2017). Their previous titles were in 2002, 2012, and 2015. U.S. Open Cup  is the oldest ongoing national soccer competition in the U.S.

On Thursday, July 19, the AFFL U.S. Open of Football Ultimate Final will be held. The final game will pit Godspeed against Fighting Cancer, with kickoff set for 7 p.m. CDT. The 7-on-7 tournament promises high-scoring offensive fireworks with non-stop action.

Friday, July 20 will see Atletico Nacional and America de Cali play a friendly soccer match in the grand opening event off the Colombian Fest in Houston, with kickoff at 8 p.m. CDT.

The four days of events will conclude on Saturday July 21 with the Houston Dynamo hosting FC Dallas in the first of the three-game series of the Texas Derby, with an 8 p.m. CDT start.

Saturday, July 07, 2018

Houston Dynamo secures three-goal shutout against Minnesota United FC

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By Robert H Kelly
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HOUSTON, TEXAS (July 7, 2018) Two goals by Phillipe Senderos (shown left) , in the 36th and 52nd minute, gave lead for the Houston Dynamo to take a 3-0 win over Minnesota United FC on Saturday, July 7 at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston. The win was the 150th regular-season victory in Dynamo history and extended their home unbeaten streak to six consecutive league matches and eight in a row across all competitions.

On the eighth Houston shot of the contest, Senderos tallied his third goal of the season. The score was the third of his career for the Geneva, Switzerland native. He added his second goal seven minutes into the second half to give the Geneva, Switzerland native his first career brace in Major League Soccer. Sanderson became the second Dynamo defender to score two goals in a single game since Craig Waibel did so 13 years ago, on October 14, 2016, against Colorado.

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Alberth Elis (No. 17, shown right) scored his ninth goal of the season, when he connected in the second minute of second-half stoppage time. It was then forward’s 20th goal in all competitions for the Dynamo this season. He is the ninth player in Dynamo history to score 19 or more goals.

In four previous matches against Minnesota, the Dynamo has come out on top once, a 2-1 win on September 20, 2017 at home. Their first two meetings ended in draws; a 2-2 decision on April 15, 2017 and a scoreless ending on July 19, 2017. The only loss for Houston came earlier this, on April 28, 2018, when Houston fell 2-1 at TCF Bank Stadium.

The win extended the Dynamo’s home unbeaten streak to consecutive MLS matches, in addition to eight in a row across all competitive matches. It also improved their record to 7-6-4 on the season and their 2018 home record to 6-2-1.

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Portland dashes by Houston 3-1

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By Lou Roesch
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HOUSTON, TEXAS (June 22, 2018) Christine Sinclair playing in her 100 NWSL match for the Portland Thorns FC (shown right) celebrated with a goal an assist to lead PTFC to a 3-1 win over the Houston Dash. Portland, in fourth place, and coming off a loss in Chicago wanted to make a statement here in Houston where they have never lost. Portland secured the three points and slowed down a Houston team that was starting three new faces with minimal training time together.

“I think every game is important now, every game is important,” said Portland head coach Mark Parsons following the match, "but this one and every game after will be crucial. I think we thrive in the biggest games and this was a big one for us give our schedule coming up. We have been performing well on the road and we wanted to grab a few more points on the road and we did that tonight.”

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Portland got on the board early as Tobin Heath (shown left) scored in the ninth minute of play. Sinclair played a quick one two in midfield with Ellie Carpenter and found herself running at the Dash defense. Crnogorcevic dummied the ball to allow Heath through and the midfielder made no mistake, passing the ball into the net with the outside of her boot at Jane Campbell’s near post.

Although PTFC would allow the equalizer just three minutes later to Sofia Huerta, goalkeeper Adrianna Franch in her first game back would clamp down allowing nothing the rest of the way.

Portland got the go ahead goal in the 33rd minute. Once again it was Sinclair who got things started playing a ball down the line to former Dash defender Meghan Klingenberg. The defender’s cross found Crngorcevic whose first attempt was blocked by Campbell but the rebound came right back to her and a slow motion header found the back of the net for a 2-1 lead. Sinclair would finish Houston off with her league leading seventh goal of the season in the 83rd minute.

“We showed great character and great discipline and commitment to a hard task to keep Houston quiet,” concluded Parsons. “To score three goals away from home is exceptional scoring especially in a hard place against a Vera coached team is very hard. She has done a great job here. So I am proud of the group and now we have to refresh for a big one on Wednesday.”

Portland (5-4-4, 19 points) welcomes winless Sky Blue to Providence Park on Wednesday June 27. Kick-off is slated for 7:30 p.m.

Head Coach Vera Pauw, Houston Dash: Post-Game Presser Jun 22, 2018


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Friday, June 22, 2018

Sofia Huerta scores solo goal for Houston Dash in 3-1 loss to Portland Thorns

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HOUSTON, TEXAS (June 22, 2018) It only took 12 minutes for newcomer Sofia Huerta (shown left) to make her presence known to the Houston Dash fans at BBVA Compass Stadium on Friday evening. The 26-year-old midfielder, who was acquired, via a trade, from the Chicago Red Stars four days ago,  scored her first goal as a member for the Dash in Houston's 3-1 loss to the Portland Thorns on Friday evening.

Huerta, who was traded along with Taylor Comeau to the Dash, scored 22 goals and tallied 11 assists in 74 appearances for the Red Stars since entering the league in 2015. The lone goal was not enough for Houston to down the Thorne, who scored the first goal of the match in the ninth minute by Tobin Heath. It was the second goal of the season for the 20-year-old, who has 133 caps for the United States Women's National Team. After the Dash tied the score in the twelfth minute on Huerta's score, and stoppage for a hydration break (30th minute), Ana Crongorcevic put the Thorns again up by one, in the 33rd minute, on a header inside the box. Her first attempt was rejected by Dash goalkeeper Jane Campbell, but the second-try rebound header found the mark. Portland added an insurance goal in the 83rd minute on an assist by Tyler Lussi.


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Head coach Vera Pauw (shown right), talked about the Dash coming off a 19-day break from competition, "Of course Portland had a game last week, but I don’t find that as an excuse because we had a scrimmage last week, apart from the three new players and the national team players coming back and they fell into a team who for two and a half weeks have been going with the game plan, but we know that and every team has that situation, so that is not an excuse.”

The game was the debut for Huerta, wearing the orange, sky blue and black of the Dash, who played three full seasons and 11 games in 2018 for the Red Stars. She earned her seventh cap for the USWNT on June 12 in a 2-1 win over China. She stated after the game, "I felt fine coming in, I just think that it was an unfortunate week with the rain and being unable to train some days, so I think that it messed with some stuff, but I think that we can only go forward from here. It’s a younger team and we’re just going to keep coming together as we keep having practices."

Houston is currently in seventh place in the nine-team league; with  three wins, five draws, and five loses (14 points). They will next face the Orlando Pride on Wednesday, June 27. The Pride are in a three-way tie for 2nd place in the league, with 19 points and posting a record of five wins, four draws, and three losses.



Sunday, June 17, 2018

Deer Park Vengeance 8U All-Stars go 2-2 in Spring Tournament

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SPRING, TEXAS (June 17, 2018) The Deer Park Vengeance 8U All-Star Softball Team competed in the "Who SAYS You're the Best Tournament" held at Bayer Park in Spring, Texas on June 15-17, 2018. They finished the weekend with a 2-2 record, placing fourth in the all-star tournament against teams against teams from Spring, Friendswood, Cleveland, and Houston  

In their first game against the Spring Storm, Deer Park won by the score of 9-8 in a four inning contest. They followed with a 10-5 thumping of the Cleveland All-Stars. The third game saw Deer Park drop a 12-8 decision to the Storm; in addition to dropping their final game of the tournament to the Friendswood Fire, 11-4.

The Vengeance players are Brooke Sawyer, Gaby Sanchez, Chloe Willis, Morgan Meredith, Mikayla Garza, Kirstin Kelly, Emilee Mendoza, Reyna Calzonzint, Madison Jones, MerrieAnne Minor, Cambrie Johnson, and Aliyah Rodriguez. They are coached by Abel Mendoza, Larry King, Tim Willis, and Leah Jones.




Thursday, June 14, 2018

Russia dominates Saudi Arabia 5-0 in first match of 2018 World Cup

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MOSCOW, RUSSIA (June 14, 2018) In the first match of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, host nation Russia completed dominated Saudi Arabia by the score of 5-0 at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. Russia, 70th in the latest FIFA rankings, scores two goals in added time to down Al-Suqour (The Falcons), whose highest placing in World Cup history was twelfth in 1994.

Sbornaya, (The National Team) took a 2-0 lead into the locker room at halftime off the feet of  Iury Gazinsky (12th minute) and  Denis Cheryshev. (43rd minute). Arten Dzyuba also added an insurance goal in the 71st minute. The 3-0 lead was sufficient for the win after regulation, however the Russians kept the offensive pressure on the Saudis; scoring two addition goals in added time at the end of the game. Chershev scored his second goal of tournament (90th minute + 1 minute) to push the score to 4-0. Three minutes later, Aleksandr Golovin put the nail in the coffin of Saudi Arabia, to close out the scoring.

Next up for Russia is a June 19 match-up against Egypt  at Saint Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg while the Saudis will play Uruguay on June 20 at Kazan Stadium in Kazan.




Saturday, June 09, 2018

Houston Dynamo posts 2-0 shut out over Colorado Rapids

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HOUSTON, TEXAS (June 9, 2018) The Houston Dynamo posted two goals within six minutes of each other to top the Colorado Rapids by the score at 2-0 at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, Texas.

The first goal came in the 30th minute when midfielder Tomas Martinez found himself "in the right place at the right time" for his fourth goal of the season. The Argentinian started in 12 games this season and has scored six goals in his MLS career. Forward Mauro Manotas (No. 10 shown above) converted a penalty kick in the 36th minute to close the scoring in the match. It was the sixth goal of the year for the Colombian; matching his total from the 2016 season. “I hit the ball with my left and it bounced back, so I finished with my right. The truth is that he (Colorado goalkeeper Tim Howard) is a great goalkeeper who has a lot of experience and has been to World Cups. I’m content for scoring on him, ” said Manotas when talking to the media after the game.

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Houston pushed their record to 6-5-3 on the season and gave Head Coach Wilmer Cabrera (shown right) his 19th regular season win while leading the Dynamo. He was quoted after the game;

“We knew from the beginning that it was going to be a tough match with a team that normally is going to be waiting deep with five in the back and two or three defensive midfielders and only one guy up top. It’s a team that when they win the ball, they try to counterattack and capitalize on your mistakes. Today I’m really excited and happy because the players were really focused and concentrated on the game and they were aggressive. We went after them and we took control of the game really quickly and we started to create options. When we didn’t create options, we were moving the ball and trying to find them with our 50/50 balls and that is important. Sometimes, it’s not about just going forward, it’s about being able to move the ball well, and we did that today. We have to be patient and we were patient. So overall it was a good performance and we were able to score in the first half and that is, of course, very important for us. Then, with the second goal I think we were in control. We were cruising, and they got a red card which helped us to continue keeping the possession. At half time, I told the guys that we need to be sure that we don’t make any mistakes, that we don’t get sluggish like when we’re dribbling the ball; let’s play serious, let’s try to score another goal, and (forwards) Romell (Quioto), Alberth (Elis), and Mauro (Manotas), they were trying. They were pushing. They were trying. We created a couple of options. We hit the post two or three times and then the goalkeeper, Tim Howard, is excellent in saving, but I think it was a solid performance overall.”

Next up for Houston is a Monday, June 18 Lamar Hunt Cup match against Minnesota United FC at BBVA Compass Stadium. Kick off is set for 7:30 p.m. CDT

Sunday, June 03, 2018

Houston Dash battle North Carolina Courage to one-all draw

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HOUSTON, TEXAS (June 3, 2018) Playing some of their best ball against the league leading North Carolina Courage, the Houston Dash battled to a one-all draw at BBVA Compass Stadium on Sunday evening. The draw was the best result the Dash has ever had against the Courage and extended the unbeaten streak to three.

In three previous meetings, Houston dropped a 2-0 decision earlier this season, on April 28, 2018, at BBVA Compass Stadium; along with two losses in 2017. They lost 1-0 on September 9, 2017 and 4-0 on September 27, 2017. 

Dash defender Haley Hanson battles three
North Carolina players for the ball.
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The Dash found pay dirt in the 49th minute when forward Kealia Ohai (shown above) did what she does so well; driving down the pitch and firing a shot past the opposing goalkeeper. She received a pass from goalkeeper Jane Campbell at midfield, driving the ball down the field and into the net. The goal was the first-ever for the Dash against the Courage and pushes Ohai's total to two for the season. Campbell received the assist, her first of the season for Ohai's score. Rachel Daly leads the Dash for four goals in 2018, followed by Kristie Mewis, Veronica Lastko, and Ohai with two each. Ohai stated after the game, when questioned by the press:

Jane (Campbell) has a great service. I saw the outside back was pushed up pretty far so she served it to me and I took off. I actually toe poked it with my right foot and it went in. It’s huge for me. I’m just coming back from an injury and trying to gain that confidence is difficult. It’s more difficult than I had imagine. For me, getting goals is what I need to do. Two games in a row is huge for me.”  

North Carolina evened the score at one in the 79th minute on a goal by Frannie Course, in her first appearance for the Courage in 2018. She entered the game in the 63rd minute as a replacement for midfielder Meredith Speck.

Dash head coach Vera Pauw was asked, in the post-game press conference if North Carolina were able to score as a result of fatigue or lack of focus. She stated:

“It’s probably a surprise that we could dominate the game so much and then we forget what we’ve trained during the whole week – to switch play and that worked out in the first half very well. Then it’s about going forward and that last part which was very, very good in training, somehow we forgot to do that here. The teamwork in the last third of the attack was very difficult, so everybody needs to be completely on the same sheet and if one is jumping off that sheet, then you don’t get the desired outcome. So, that’s also the hardest to develop, the hardest part of the game is to improve and we need to make steps towards that. This team is a development team and has come really far and is very close to being a key partner in this league for the playoffs — a key (contender) for the playoffs.”


The draw brings Houston's record for the first half of the season to 3-4-5 (14 points) while the Courage continues to lead the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) with a 9-0-3 record (30 points). The Dash are currently in seventh place in the NWSL. When Houston returns to play, after a 19-day break, they will face the Portland Thorns on Friday, June 22. The Thorns are currently 4-4-3 (15 points) with one of their three draw coming against the Dash on Wednesday, May 9. 

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Houston Dynamo hits the road for next two games against Real Salt Lake and Montreal Impact

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HOUSTON, TEXAS (May 29, 2018) After downing New York City FC by the score of  3-1 at BBVA Compass Stadium on Friday evening, the Houston Dynamo prepare to hit the road for two games. On Wednesday, May 30, the Dynamo, who are currently in fifth place in the Western Conference of Major League with 18 points, will face Real Salt Lake at Rio Tinto Stadium with an 8:30 p.m. CDT start. Real Salt Lake is coming off a 1-0 win over Seattle on Saturday, May 26. Following the Real Salt Lake game, the Dynamo will travel to Montreal to take on the Impact on Saturday, June 2, who are in tenth place in the Eastern Conference with nine points. 

The Dynamo are 5-3-3 in 2017 and have struggled on the road. They are 1-1-3 when away from BBVA Compass Stadium with all their draws coming on the road. This is a hurdle they need to overcome if they are going to continue to get three points per game and rise in the conference standings. Wednesday will be the first time this season Houston has faced Real Salt Lake. The May 26 game will also be the first time they have played Montreal in 2018.

With their win over NYCFC this past Friday, the Dynamo posted their first back-to-back win this season and extended their unbeaten streak to four games. In addition, they achieved two straight games where they had come-from-behind wins and marked their first win over New York City in program history. The win was head coach Wilmer Cabrera's 27th victory in Major League Soccer and his 18th win as the Dynamo head coach.




Buck, Pulcheon named to SLC All-Tournament Baseball Team

From HBU Athletic Media Relations Department
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SUGAR LAND, TEXAS (May 29, 2018)  HBU junior first baseman Grant Buck and senior catcher Jake Pulcheon were named to the Southland Conference Baseball All-Tournament Team, following Saturday's championship at Constellation Field.
 
Buck hit safely in all five games, hitting .474, going 9-for-19 with two home runs, seven RBIs and five runs. In Wednesday's first-round win over Central Arkansas, the Carlsbad, California, native went 3-for-3 with two home runs, five RBIs and scored four times.
 
Pulcheon hit .278, going 5-for-18 with two home runs, a double, four RBIs and scored four runs. The Menifee, California, native went 2-for-4 with a game-tying three-run home run in the Huskies victory that eliminated top-seeded Sam Houston State Friday. He also homered in Saturday's semifinal loss to New Orleans.

Monday, May 28, 2018

Houston Dash make it two-in-a-row with 3-2 win over Washington Spirit

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HOUSTON, TEXAS (May 27, 2018) The 4,000-plus soccer fan who braved the Texas heat and humidity on Memorial Day Weekend witnessed Rachel Daly (shown left) score two goals as the Houston Dash won their second home game in a row in downing the Washington Spirit by the score of 3-2 at BBVA Compass Stadium. 


Daly nailed her third goal of the season in the 45th minute from inside the box; off a cross from Nichelle Prince, to give the Dash a 1-0 lead going into the locker room at halftime. Kealia Ohai doubled the Dash lead in the 46th minute when she rocketed the ball past Washington goalkeeper Estelle Johnson from 20 yards out. The goal was the first of the season for the Draper, Utah native, who played her college soccer for the North Carolina Tar Heels. Ohai stated after the game:



“I actually tried to pass it wide first, but it bounced back to my favorite shot. I said ‘just hit it’ and it curled. I didn’t know if it was going to curl in. I thought it might go wide, but it went in. It was a great feeling. As a forward, it’s difficult when you haven’t scored especially coming back from an injury. You need to get that confidence, so it’s definitely a relief for me. I need to get back on a roll because when I’m not scoring it’s frustrating. But I think [the goal] was the start of the floodgates for me. I needed to get one and get my confidence back. I’m excited to move forward.”  

The Spirit cut the Dash lead in half in the 54th minute when Estefania Banini drilled the ball from the front of the post for the score. It was the first goal of 2018 for the Argentinian. Daly added her second goal 22 minutes later off an assist by Thembi Kgatlana. The two goals were the first multi-goal game as a professional for Daly.



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Houston head coach Vera Pauw was forced to rearrange her lineup due to two injuries on Sunday evening when Kristie Mewis left the game in the 19th minute with a left knee injury. Prior to the start of the game, Pauw pulled Kyah Simon from the starting lineup when she experienced tightness in her groin during warm-ups.

Pauw was asked during the post-game press conference, about the team seeming to have more fun during the game. She responded:



I think they’ve always had fun. It’s a battle. It’s always a battle, but when you score then of course you’re happy. It’s looks like they will always have more joy and of course you feel it better than when you cannot get through the goal of the opponent. But it’s important to know that we never lost our trust, that we would get there because every training session, every game, we were getting better and there was no hesitation - in let’s say the steps that we wanted to make.”

Houston returns to BBVA Compass Stadium on Sunday, May 3 at 5:30 p.m. to host the first place North Carolina Courage for their second meeting of the regular season. 




Saturday, May 26, 2018

HBU outlasts New Orleans in 12 inning marathon game

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SUGAR LAND, TEXAS (May 25, 2018) In a game that lasted four and one-half hours and 12 innings, the Houston Baptist University Huskies secured a 4-3 win over the New Orleans Privateers to stay alive in the Southland Conference Baseball Tournament at Constellation Field. With the bases loaded in the bottom of the 12th inning, left fielder Spencer Halloran was hit by a pitch and walked; allowing the winning run to score. After the fourth inning the score was tied at one, with HBU adding two runs in the fifth. New Orleans evened the score at three in the eighth. 

HBU designated hitter Jake Scott went 4-for-6 with one run while right fielder Matt Heck was 2-for-5 with one run. For the Privateers, catcher Beau Bratton was 2-for-4 with one run. They used seven pitchers in the losing effort, with Christopher DeMayo receiving the loss in one inning of work. Closer JT Newton pitched 4-1 innings in relief got the win, his third of the season.

The Huskies and Privateers will meet again on Saturday, May 26 at 1 p.m. with the winner advancing to the championship game at 6 p.m.


Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Houston Dash come from behind to down Seattle Reign


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HOUSTON, TEXAS (May 24, 2018) In a stunning change of events, the Houston Dash (shown right) snatched victory from the jaws of defeat on Wednesday night at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, Texas. Second half goals from Kristi Mews and Veronica Latsko lifted Houston to 2-1 win and its first franchise victory over the Seattle Reign. The win was also the first of the season at home in 2018.

Houston trailed 1-0 in the 68th minute when Rachel Daly delivered a set piece to the back post finding Kristi Mewis. The Hanson, Massachusetts native headed down the Daly service inside the near post stunning a Seattle Reign side that had control of the match and had won 10 straight against the Houston side.

The equalizer came after a flurry of activity that saw Houston begin to assert themselves a little more slowly as the match went along.

The importance of a win,” said Houston head coach Vera Pauw,  “is that we feel that we are on the right track because if you don’t get points, you may reach a moment where players do not believe anymore that they are on the right track, but there will be a point that that is there. If you have a team in development, you need those moments where everything falls on your side and that is the most important part. Other than that, we have points and we are back in the race for playoffs with these points.”

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Houston was determined to get more than just a point in the first of four consecutive home games. After withstanding a flurry of attempts by Seattle (seven shots  in the final seven minutes), the Dash countered with the game winning attack. After Megan Rapinoe’s deflected effort clang off the first post, Houston was off and running in the first minute of second half stoppage time. Thembi Kgatlana, who subbed on in the 75th minute gathered in the clearance just on the Seattle side midfield. Racing down the left side, the South African international headed towards the top of the 18 where she drew the defenders away from an onrushing Veronica Latsko (46’). The Houston Dash forward turned a perfectly weighted pass into a one time right-footed blast that banged off the inside of the far post and into the net giving Houston a 2-1 lead.

“Well it’s great that the substitutes make such a difference and it would be both sides (offensive and defensive), and if it had been the other way around, we would have had the same outcome,” continued Pauw. “It’s good that we can change things and the depth on the bench is bringing us something special, but we also need to realize that we need to keep being disciplined, not to give so many chances away.”

Bethany Yanez had given Seattle the early lead with a goal in the 13th minute but Houston would not be denied their second stoppage time win in the team’s last five outings.

Houston with the win moved to within two spots of the fourth playoff berth just 10 games into the season. The Dash, unbeaten in four of their last five outings, return to action on Sunday May 27th at BBVA Compass Stadium hosting the Washington Spirit at 7 p.m.

No. 8 New Orleans upsets No. 1 Sam Houston State at Southland Conference Tourney

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SUGAR LAND, TEXAS (May 23, 2018) No. 8 New Orleans (shown right) tied the score at three in the eighth inning and scored the go-a-head run in the tenth to down No. 1 Sam Houston State by the score of 4-3 in day one action at the Southland Conference Baseball Tournament at Constellation Field. The Privateers became the first team since 2015 to be a No. 8 seed and upset the top seed. New Orleans scored the first run of the game when center fielder Orynn Veillon connected for a double to deep left field to score right fielder Pearce Howard from first base. The Bearkats responded in the bottom of the inning with two runs on hits by first baseman Hunter Hearn and right fielder Clayton Harp; scoring designated hitter Blake Chisolm and Hearn. They added their third run in the sixth, to increase their lead. Then with two outs in the top of the eight inning, Howard got a double and Veillon walked. Catcher Beau Bratton came to the plate and hit a triple down the right field line, scoring Howard and Veillon, to take a 4-3 lead; and the game.

Veillon and Howard both went 2-for-4 with two runs while Bratton was 2-for-5. John Barr, seeing two innings in relief, received hios sixth win of the season, with Brad Demco, pitching one inning is relief received the loss. The Privateers will face the winner of No. 4 Houston Baptist University and No. 5 Central Arkansas, while Sam Houston will play the loser.

Southeastern Louisiana, Northwestern State score wins on first day of Southland Baseball Tournament

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SUGAR LAND, TEXAS (May 23, 2018) The 2018 Southland Conference Baseball Tournament kicked off on Wednesday, May 23 at Constellation Field with four games in the four day tournament. Game one saw No. 3 Northwestern State Demons and No. 6 McNeese State Cowboys taking  the field, with No. 4 Southeastern Louisiana Lions facing No. 7 Nicholls Colonels in game two. In game one, the Demons downed the Cowboys by the score of 2-1 while the Lions took a 4-2 win over the Colonels.

Southeastern Louisiana and Northwestern State will face off at 9 a.m. on Thursday, May 24 in the winners side of the bracket while McNeese State and Nicholls will at 4 p.m. with the loser heading home. Rounding out Wednesday evening's game is a 4 p.m. game pitting No. 1 San Houston State and No. 8 New Orleans. The night cap will see No. 4 Houston Baptist taking on No. 5 Central Arkansas.


Saturday, May 19, 2018

Kubitza's grand slam home run leads Sugar Land to 10-4 win over Southern Maryland


Sugar Land Skeeters manager Pete Incaviglia has seen
his team connect for 26 runs in two games against the
Southern Maryland Blue Crabs.

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SUGAR LAND, TEXAS (May 19, 2018) Paced by a grand slam home run by right fielder Kyle Kubitzathe Sugar Land Skeeters (13-7) downed the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (7-12) by the score of 10-4 at Constellation Field in Sugar Land, Texas on Saturday,May 19, 2018). The win pushed the Skeeters record for the home stand to 4-2 against the Blue Crabs.


The Blue Crabs jumped put out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first innings with second baseman Johnny Bladel scoring on a throwing error by Sugar Land first baseman Matt Chavez. First baseman Devon Rodriguez secured the Southern Maryland second run off a single by left fielder Ryan Strausborger. They added an additional run in the second inning to take the score to 3-0 after nine outs. The Skeeters came back in the bottom of the inning, when left fielder Courtney Hawkins knocked a solid hit down the third base line, scoring third baseman Albert Cordero and second baseman Anthony Giansanti from third and second base, respectively. Sugar Land added two more run in the third inning to take a 4-3 lead. The Blue Crabs responded with an additional run in the top of the fourth to tie the score at four.


Then Kubitza connected for his base-clearing hit over the left center field wall and into the play land. The round tripper was his second home run of the season and pushed his RBI total to 17 for 2018. The Skeeters added two insurance runs, on a hit by Hawkins in the seventh inning, and a hit by first baseman Matt Chavez, in the eighth, to close out the scoring for the night. Hawkins currently leads the Atlantic League in both RBI, with 26, and home runs (six).


The current series ends on Sunday, May 20 with a 2:05 p.m. CDT start. The Skeeters will begin a six-game road series on Tuesday, May 22 against the Somerset Patriots and the New Britain Bees before returning on May 29 to host the Long Island Ducks.


Saturday, May 12, 2018

Deer Park 8U Vengeance kicks off All-Star softball season with two wins

Photo by Kristine Kelly
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By Robert H Kelly
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SPLENDORA, TEXAS (May 12, 2018) The Deer Park Vengeance 8U Softball Team kicked off the 2018 summer all-star season with two wins and one loss at the All-Star District Tournament on Saturday, May 12, 2018 in Splendora, Texas. In their first game of the tournament, Vengeance downed Conroe Crush by the score of 7-5. They followed up with a 10-5 win over East Montgomery County Texans before dropping an 11-10 heart-breaker to the Conroe Crush.

In the three games, Vengeance tallied 44 hits for a team batting average of .657. The also combined for 31 singles, nine doubles, and two triples. All 13 players on the all-star roster connected for hits with 12 scoring runs. Offensively, the All-Stars were led by third baseman Gaby Sanchez, right fielder Chloe Willis, rover Emilee Mendoza, and left fielder Cambrie Johnson with five hits each, followed by shortstop Morgan Meredith and flex Reyna Calzonzint with four each, and flex Brooke Sawyer, pitcher Mikayla Garza, and center fielder Raleigh Gil with three each. Two hits each were added by catcher Kirstin Kelly, second baseman Madison Jones, first baseman MerrieAnne Minor while flex Marissa Vasquez added one.

Garza led the Vengeance with five RBI, with Johnson and Garza both scoring four times, with Garza and Calzonzint adding triples and Sanchez connecting for a solo home run. Kelly, while behind the plate, had two tags at home and one pop-up foul caught for outs. As a result of their individual play, Garza was selected by the game officials as the Most Valuable Player against the Crush and Texans. In addition, Minor was selected as the game MVP in the second game against the Crush.

The Vengeance will continue tournament play on Sunday, May 13 against the Deer Park Dynasty with a 9:20 a.m. first pitch, and are coached by Abel Mendoza, Leah Jones, Tim Willis, Larry King, Dale Yurt and John Sawyer.

New York Yankees purchase contract of Rey Navarro from Sugar Land Skeeters

 SUGAR LAND, TEXAS (May 12, 2018) The Sugar Land Skeeters announced today that the New York Yankees have purchased the contract of infielder Rey Navarro. The Yankees have yet to announce what level Navarro will report to.

Navarro becomes the second member of the 2018 Skeeters team to have their contract purchased by an MLB organization. Left-hander Paco Rodriguez had his contract purchased by the Minnesota Twins on May 2.

Navarro, 28, signed with the Skeeters prior to Tuesday’s game against the Lancaster Barnstormers. He became the first player in Skeeters history to hit two home runs in his debut on May 8, with the two home runs also coming in his first two at-bats. In three games with the Skeeters, Navarro went 6-for-11 with two doubles, two home runs and three RBIs.

The Arizona Diamondbacks selected Navarro in the third round of the 2007 MLB Draft out of the Puerto Rico Baseball Academy. He made his Major League debut with the Baltimore Orioles in 2015 and hit .276 with a home run and three RBIs in 10 games, which has accounted for all of his MLB service time. Navarro began the 2018 season with Triple-A Tacoma (Seattle Mariners) and was released by the organization on April 27.
In 1,152 career Minor League games, Navarro has a slash line of .265/.313/.374 with 61 home runs and 486 RBIs. He spent four seasons in the Diamondbacks organization (2007-10), four in the Kansas City Royals organization (2010-13), one in the Cincinnati Reds organization (2014), one in the Orioles organization (2015), two in the Los Angeles Angels organization (2016-17) and one in the Mariners organization (2018). Navarro was a Midwest League All-Star in 2009 with Single-A South Bend (Arizona), a Carolina League All-Star in 2011 with High-A Wilmington (Kansas City) and a Southern League All-Star in 2014 with Double-A Pensacola (Cincinnati).

Friday, May 11, 2018

TexSport Publications named Broadcast and Media Outlet of Deer Park 8U Vengeance

By Chris Price
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PASADENA, TEXAS (May 11, 2018) TexSport Publications is proud to announce that they are the official broadcast and media outlet for the Deer Park 8U Vengeance All-Star Softball Team. TexSport Publications will cover and report on the Vengeance during the 2018 summer all-star softball season and broadcast all their home games and selected road games.

The live broadcasts will be available on Facebook Live and on their YouTube Live channel, with Robert Kelly handling the play-by-play duties and Darla Tamulitis providing the color commentary.

The long-time media duo also broadcast the Deer Park 8U Cougars games during the 2018 spring season league games in the Deer Park Girl's Softball League.