Minnesota United FC lost for the first time this season Saturday night, falling 2-1 to the Fort Lauderdale Strikers in Florida.
The Strikers took a 2-0 lead in the first 15 minutes of the North American Soccer League game on goals by Mark Anderson and David Foley before an hour-long delay because of lightning.
United (2-1-2) got a man advantage for the last 30 minutes of the second half when a Strikers player got his second yellow card but could score only once. Pablo Campos got the goal in the 69th minute.
Tommies, Cobbers in MIAC title game
St. Thomas beat Bethel 10-3 in the MIAC baseball tournament semifinals at Minnetonka High School. Ryan Gerber had four hits, including a three-run homer for the Tommies (32-5). They will play Concordia in the title game. The Cobbers beat Augsburg 6-5 in the other semifinal on Devin Johnson’s two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning. It was his second home run of the game.
• Minnesota State Mankato beat Bemidji State 3-1 in St. Cloud to win its second consecutive NSIC baseball tournament title. Lucas Skjefte had a two-run double for the Mavericks (35-8) in the eighth inning, breaking a 1-1 tie. Nick Sutherland pitched the first seven inning, giving up one run and five hits.
Softball rematch in Mankato
Winona State scored six runs in the second inning to defeat Minnesota State Mankato 6-5 and advance to the championship game of an NCAA Division II softball regional in Mankato.
The Mavericks scored twice in the first and once in the second to take a 3-0 lead.
Ashley Walker and Morgan Lintz both had two-run singles for the Warriors (36-12) as they took a 6-3 lead in the bottom of the inning. Walker’s two RBI put her season total at 60, tying the team record. She also was the winning pitcher, improving to 19-2.
Winona State will play the Mavericks at 11 a.m. Sunday in the regional final. After its loss, MSU Mankato beat Southeastern Oklahoma 8-0 on Courtney McKelvogue’s two-hitter to stay alive.
• In the NCAA Division III Pella (Iowa) regional, host Central College upset top-seeded St. Thomas 9-1 in five innings. The Tommies will have a chance for revenge on Sunday if they can beat Augustana at noon in the losers’ bracket final. The winner plays Central at 2 p.m.
• Ryan Helminen of Ridgeway Country Club shot a 70 for a two-day total of 7-under 137 to increase his lead to three shots in the Minnesota Golf Champions tournament at Minneapolis Golf Club.