Barry men’s soc­cer team wins D-II na­tional ti­tle

Miami Herald (Sunday) - - Sports - From Mi­ami Her­ald Staff, Wires — SAN­TOS A. PEREZ

The Barry Buc­ca­neers (16-4-3) scored twice in six min­utes in the sec­ond half to rally past the West Ch­ester Rams 2-1 to win the 2018 NCAA Di­vi­sion II na­tional cham­pi­onship at High­mark Sta­dium in Pitts­burgh on Sat­ur­day for the team’s first na­tional ti­tle.

In the 84th minute, Stephen Kos­mala bent his free kick around the wall and into the back of the net for the game-win­ner af­ter Fran­cisco Greco was pulled down just out­side the box on the left side

Greco helped tie the score in the 78th minute when he got loose on the left side and lifted a cross near the top of the 6-yard box. James Kirkham got a head on it and flicked it past WCU keeper Will Mar­shall.

“It’s hard to find the words right now, be­cause I just want to ex­plode,” Barry coach Steve McCrath said. “On our side of things, ex­tremely ex­cited and we fi­nally ex­or­cised some demons that were sit­ting around for 18 years.

BOX­ING

Mex­ico’s Ri­cardo Espinoza scored a sec­on­dround tech­ni­cal knock­out vic­tory over Colom­bia’s Yei­son Var­gas in the main event of a box­ing show late Fri­day at the Semi­nole Hard Rock Events Cen­ter in Hol­ly­wood. Espinoza (22-2, 18 KOs) floored Var­gas (17-1) three times in the first round and his con­tin­ued dom­i­nance re­sulted in the ban­tamweight fight’s stop­page at 1:19 of the sec­ond.

In other bouts: unior-light­weight Ha­iron So­car­ras knocked out Mike Oliver at 50 sec­onds of the first round; feath­er­weight Jessy Cruz won a unan­i­mous de­ci­sion over Isa­ias Car­dona; wel­ter­weight Li­van Navarro knocked out Wil­frido Buel­vas at 54 sec­onds of the fourth round; wel­ter­weight Der­rick Cuevas won a unan­i­mous de­ci­sion over Brei­dis Prescott; su­per-mid­dleweight Iros­vani Duv ergel scored a TKO over Yen­dris Ro­driguez at 1:46 of the first round; feath­er­weight Luis Me­len­dez scored a TKO over Jonathan Conde at 2:13 of the sec­ond round; light­weight Manuel Cor­rea won a unan­i­mous de­ci­sion over Dustin Arnold; light-heavy­weight Ulysses Diaz scored a TKO over Fabian Valdez at 49 sec­onds of the sec­ond round and heavy­weight Hec­tor

Hodge knocked out Jai­nus Glad­ney at 1:43 of the sec­ond round.

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