UTRGV earns sweep in soccer, volleyball

UTRGV Women's Soccer Edinburg Field vs UTEP earlier this season. UTRGV Photo by David Pike

The UTRGV women’s soccer team posted its fourth-straight shutout in a 1-0 victory over Southern Utah University on Friday at the UTRGV Soccer and Track & Field Complex.

UTRGV (3-1-1) has now held opponents scoreless for the last 393:14.


This is the first time UTRGV has recorded four-straight shutouts since Sept. 30-Oct. 12, 2017. That streak was part of a 441:32 shutout streak, the second longest in program history. The program record for consecutive shutouts is five, set from Aug. 26-Sept. 11, 2016. That streak was part of a program-record 512:52 shutout streak.


Senior Kinga Szemik (3-1-1) made two saves for UTRGV while recording her third shutout of the season.


UTRGV scored the game-winning goal in the 60th minute when senior Sarah Bonney scored off a corner kick by freshman Anna Torslov. The goal was Bonney’s fourth of the season and the program-record 27th of her career, coming on Torslov’s first-career point.


UTRGV outshot SUU (0-4-0) 24-3, including 9-2 on goal.


UTRGV continues its four-match home stand at 7 p.m. Sunday against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi as part of the South Texas Showdown.


UTRGV men improve to 2-0


The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) men’s soccer team picked up a 2-0 victory over Stetson University on Friday at the Athletic Training Center for its second victory of the season.


UTRGV (2-0) got on the board in the first half as senior Kyle Edwards got his first goal of the season. Senior Arthur Rogers connected with Edwards to find the back of the net in the 32nd minute giving UTRGV the 1-0 lead.


The scored remained the same until the 86th minute when senior William Akio converted on the penalty kick that extended UTRGV’s lead and capped the scoring.


Senior Andy Rios (2-0) made six saves to complete the shutout. Stetson (0-3) outshot UTRGV 15-11, including 6-5 on goal.


UTRGV plays again at 6 p.m. Sunday against No. 15 Central Florida.


UTRGV volleyball notches first win over Big 10 team


The UTRGV volleyball beat a Big 10 opponent for the first time in program history, knocking off Maryland 17-25, 25-18, 17-25, 25-22, 15-12 to open the UTSA Classic on Friday at the Convocation Center.


This is the second year in a row in which UTRGV (4-1) has upset a Power 5 opponent after taking down No. 15 Baylor 3-2 in Waco last season.


This was UTRGV’s fourth-match all-time against a Big 10 opponent, after previously getting swept by Ohio State (8/25/17), Rutgers (8/27/11) and Iowa (9/9/05) at neutral sites.


Senior Barbara Silva led UTRGV with 19 kills on .341 hitting. Sophomore Sarah Cruz posted her third double-double with 16 kills, 11 digs and three aces. Junior Samaret Caraballo posted a match-high 24 digs with five assists.


Rebekah Rath led Maryland (3-1) 13 kills with six digs. Erika Pritchard recorded 11 kills and 15 digs.


UTRGV trailed 7-4 out of the gate in the fifth set before kills by Silva and Caraballo helped UTRGV to win four-straight serves and take the lead. UTRGV went down 8-9 before a Veronika Jandova kill and an error allowed UTRGV to take the lead. UTRGV again led at 11-10 on a Cruz kill and 13-12 on an error. Then, after another error, a Silva kill ended the match.


UTRGV faces off against host UTSA at 10 a.m. today before wrapping up the tournament against Houston at 5 p.m. Houston beat UTSA 3-1 on Friday.