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THREE SECOND HALF GOALS PROPELS UTRGV MEN’S SOCCER PAST NORTHERN ILLINOIS

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EDINBURG – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) men’s soccer team scored three second half goals on its way to a 3-2 victory over Northern Illinois University (NIU) to close out the Rio Grande Valley Invitational on Sunday at UTRGV Soccer and Track & Field Complex.

Junior Angel Lopez led a UTRGV (2-2) offense with a career-high tying two goals while junior Kyle Edwards accounted for the other UTRGV goal. Lopez also tied his career-high with a four-point match after his first two goals of the season.

UTRGV trailed 1-0 heading into the second half after a goal by NIU’s (2-2) Alex Welch but it was Lopez who tied it up with his first goal of the match at 59:46. Junior William Akio took a long pass from graduate student Matt Beaulaurier and found Lopez in front of the net for an uncontested goal.

Forty-four seconds later, Edwards received a pass from Akio and drove up the middle of the box scoring his second goal of the season and giving UTRGV the 2-1 lead at 60:30.

Lopez was at it again as he took a pass from senior Isaiah Hinds and put it in the back corner of the net at 65:35 for his second of the match.

NIU inched closer after a goal from Brodie Noah at 70:30 but UTRGV held on for its second victory and its first home win of the season.

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