Sunday, June 24, 2018
Sports

Tampa Bay Rowdies win third in a row, 2-0 over Minnesota

ST. PETERSBURG — Tampa Bay entered Saturday's match against Minnesota having won its two previous contests in a thrilling, come-from-behind fashion.

A positive result against the Stars proved much easier to come by.

Rowdies forward Mike Ambersley scored on a well-placed header in the 55th minute, and Tsuyoshi Yoshitake continued his blistering pace, tallying his third goal in three games to lead Tampa Bay to a 2-0 win in front of 2,594 at Al Lang Field.

The victory gives the Rowdies (6-5-3) their first three-match win streak of the season heading into Wednesday's Fourth of July showdown against rival Fort Lauderdale. It also puts the Rowdies in sole possession of third place in the North American Soccer League.

"I couldn't be more delighted with the effort of the players in the last month and, generally, throughout the season, but particularly in the last month," Tampa Bay coach Ricky Hill said. "There's been an intensity and a seriousness to their work every day."

Unlike the previous meeting against Minnesota at Al Lang, a dull affair with little offense, Saturday's back-and-forth match featured plenty of scoring opportunities. In the 26th minute, the Stars' Miguel Ibarra rocketed a shot from 30 yards away that smacked off the crossbar. Seven minutes later, Ambersley had a point-blank header on the back post that was pushed aside by Minnesota goalkeeper Matt VanOekel (10 saves).

It wasn't until early in the second half, however, that either side could break through.

In the 55th minute, Luke Mulholland sent a right-footed cross into the box for Ambersley, who was unmarked in front of the goal. Ambersley's header rolled toward the far post and past VanOekel for a 1-0 lead.

"We took control early in the second half, and that was a big part of the game right there, kind of shifted momentum," Ambersley said. "And then we got the goal. That was big for us."

After withstanding intense pressure from Minnesota's attack, the Rowdies put the game away with Yoshitake's goal in the 88th minute. Midfielder Keith Savage played a long ball through for Yoshitake to start a two-on-two break. With Ambersley streaking toward the goal on his right, Yoshitake opted to shoot himself, sending a blast from the left wing inside the far post.

"It was good to get a comfortable win under our belt," Tampa Bay goalkeeper Jeff Attinella said. "The last two have been kind of a little nerve-racking. When (Yoshitake) put that second one in, it was kind of a weight lifted off our shoulders."

Attinella, a Clearwater native and Countryside High graduate, had four stops to finish with his third shutout of the season.

Comments
A local hockey draftee? Mitchell grad Nathan Smith is just that

A local hockey draftee? Mitchell grad Nathan Smith is just that

TAMPA — Every year during draft season, players from the Tampa Bay area are selected in the NFL, MLB and even NBA drafts.But NHL?Sure enough, in the third round of Saturday's NHL draft, the Jets selected Nathan Smith, a forward who was born in ...
Updated: 1 hour ago

Sports on TV/radio for Monday, June 25

TODAYBaseballAngels at Royals4 p.m.MLBNationals at Rays7 p.m.Fox Sun; 620-AMDiamondbacks at Marlins7 p.m.FSFYankees at Phillies7 p.m.MLBCubs at Dodgers10 p.m.ESPNCollege baseball, World SeriesBest-of-3 championship, Game 1: Oregon St. vs. Mississippi...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Rays season turning into good one

Rays season turning into good one

ST. PETERSBURG — The Tampa Bay Rays are not the best team in baseball. They are not going to win the World Series this year. Heck, they probably won't even make the playoffs.But I tell you what. This team is a heck of a lot of fun to watch.And ...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Rodney Pageís takeaways from Sundayís Rays-Yankees game

Rodney Pageís takeaways from Sundayís Rays-Yankees game

The catwalks at Tropicana Field are arguably the worst feature, but they  came in handy for the Rays on Sunday. Yankees pinch-hitter Clint Frazier hit what looked to be a ninth-inning home run that would've given them a one-run lead. Instea...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Rays beat Yankees in 12 innings on Jake Bauers homer

Rays beat Yankees in 12 innings on Jake Bauers homer

ST. PETERSBURG — Rays first baseman Jake Bauers sat at his locker after Sunday afternoon's 7-6, 12-inning win over the Yankees and thumbed through his text messages. There was no way he could get through them all. That's what happens when ...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Rays journal: Yarbrough comes through, Venters to DL, support for Ramos

Rays journal: Yarbrough comes through, Venters to DL, support for Ramos

ST. PETERSBURG — Ryan Yarbrough was only supposed to throw on Sunday if it was an emergency. In the 12th inning with the score tied 6-6 and a runner on first, there was an emergency.Jonny Venters tweaked his right hamstring trying to cover firs...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Rays sweep Yankees with Bauers walk-off in 12 innings

Rays sweep Yankees with Bauers walk-off in 12 innings

Tampa Bay Rays first baseman Jake Bauers (9) hit a walkoff homerun during the Tampa Bay Rays game against the New York Yankees at Tropicana Field on June 24, 2018, in St. Petersburg, Fla. The Rays won 7-6.Tampa Bay Rays first baseman Jake Bauers (9)...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Rays team up to beat Yankees again 4-0

Rays team up to beat Yankees again 4-0

ST. PETERSBURG — With all that's been said, tweeted, ranted and written on these pages and elsewhere about the Rays' odd, unorthodox, weird and some days downright wacky pitching plan, this might be the craziest thing yet:It's working.Like, rea...
Published: 06/23/18
Greg Auman answers your questions about NFLís investigation into Jameis Winston

Greg Auman answers your questions about NFLís investigation into Jameis Winston

There are many unanswered questions and discrepancies about the story of Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston and the March 2016 Uber ride in Arizona that has led to his upcoming three-game suspension for violating the NFL's conduct policy.The Bucs won't ...
Published: 06/23/18
Will this be Jameis Winstonís last season in a Bucs uniform?

Will this be Jameis Winstonís last season in a Bucs uniform?

A t his introductory news conference after being drafted No. 1 overall by the Bucs in 2015, Jameis Winston said to judge him on his actions moving forward."Actions speak so much louder than words, or what they may have read or what they may have hear...
Published: 06/23/18