Ottawa’s Arielle Kabangu finds her soccer home at Saint Leo

ST. LEO, Fla. – Saint Leo University star forward Arielle Kabangu speaks three languages: French, English, and soccer. Affectionately called “Gu” by her coaches and teammates, the five-foot-10 junior has been the team’s top scorer since moving there from Ottawa in 2013. Overwhelmed with attention from college recruiters as a high school student, the now 20-year-old […]

Saint Leo’s Gen Gignac determined to push game to next level

SAINT LEO, Fla. – Gen Gignac is ready to do even more work for Saint Leo University. The 20-year-old midfielder will be called upon to take charge for the Lions next season, as first-team All-Sunshine State Conference midfielder Saffron Jordan has returned to England’s Blackburn Ladies.

Roberto’s journey and sacrifice to play tennis

TAMPA, Fla – Roberto Cid is no stranger to the sacrifices that go with playing a Division I sport for a top-ranked university.

When he was 13, the family moved from the Dominican Republic to Florida so that the youngster could pursue a tennis career.

“My sisters wanted to study here and I wanted to play tennis and so because of those things, my parents decided to move here,” Cid said last Friday at the University of South Florida tennis complex.

Rowdies forward Boggs looking to rise on both soccer, medical field

PETERSBURG, Fla. – Zak Boggs has fallen in love with the game of soccer all over again. The 28-year-old Tampa Bay Rowdies forward returned to the area this season, where he spent part of his undergraduate career as a former member of the University of South Florida Bulls. Accepting a Fulbright scholarship from Leicester University […]

Darwin Espinal poised to make big impact for Rowdies

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – If Darwin Espinal is supposed to act like a hot-shot rookie, that’s news to him.

In fact, the Florida-raised forward knows it’s not about him.

Signed by the Tampa Bay Rowdies of the North American Soccer League last December, the 20-year-old forward knows that it will take a group effort to turn around the team’s recent misfortunes.

“I think that (compared to) last season, it’s going to change completely. I think the attitude of the guys is different,” Espinal said of his new squad currently practising at the University of South Florida. “I don’t know how it was last year, but from what I hear they were not too positive. Coach (Thomas Rongen) is really making us a unit, a team, you know? That’s a key to winning.”

Rowdies’ Juan Guerra eyes management after soccer

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – The Venezuelan native brings a Latin flare to the Tampa Rowdies Midfield. After playing for Venezuela’s most important team, Caracas FC, the midfielder was later loaned for one year to a Spanish second division league where his soccer skills improved considerably upon his return to the club, Guerra was selected to […]

Rowdies forward Brian Shriver wants to strike gold this season

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.— Brian Shriver wants the upcoming season to be his best ever. The 27-year-old attacker from the NASL’s Tampa Bay Rowdies sees success on the way despite the struggles of his career in seasons passed. “Obviously I want to contribute goals as best I can,” said Shriver, as he ended practice at the […]