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Republic FC’s Rodrigo Lopez is USL Player of the Week

Republic FC midfielder Rodrigo Lopez-Alvarez (8) is congratulated after he scored a the team's first goal during the game between the Sacramento Republic FC and the Portland Timbers II at Bonney Field in Sacramento on Saturday, April 18, 2015.
Republic FC midfielder Rodrigo Lopez-Alvarez (8) is congratulated after he scored a the team's first goal during the game between the Sacramento Republic FC and the Portland Timbers II at Bonney Field in Sacramento on Saturday, April 18, 2015. rbenton@sacbee.com

Republic FC midfielder Rodrigo Lopez is the USL Player of the Week after scoring three goals in two victories. Lopez earned 59 percent of the vote conducted by a national panel of independent media representing every USL market. Richmond Kickers forward George Davis IV finished second with 29 percent, the league reported.

Lopez scored both goals in Republic FC’s 2-0 victory over Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 on April 15 at Bonney Field, including a 60-yarder in the 71st minute into an empty net. He scored the first goal in the 32nd minute.

In Saturday’s 3-0 victory over Portland Timbers 2, Lopez scored on a 25-yarder in the 13th minute. It was Lopez’s 15th goal in 16 USL games at Bonney Field.

Republic FC (4-2), in first place in the Western Conference, next plays Friday against Orange County Blues FC at Bonney Field at 7:30 p.m.

UCD wins sixth women’s golf title in a row

Led by tournament medalist Andrea Wong’s 3-under-par 69, UC Davis rolled to its sixth consecutive Big West Conference women’s golf championship Tuesday at El Macero Country Club.

The Aggies took a 12-stroke lead into the third and final round, and though they were 1 over (289), they still easily defeated second-place Hawaii 858-887, UCD reported.

UC Davis, playing on its home course, was 6 under for the 54-hole event. None of the other seven teams were closer to par than 23 strokes.

Wong, who shot a 4-under 68 on Monday, bested Hawaii’s Raquel Ek 208-213 for medalist honors.

▪ Sacramento State finished second in the Big Sky Conference women’s championship in Chandler, Ariz., by two strokes, Sac State reported.

The Hornets finished two strokes behind champion Northern Arizona (901-903). Rockelle Sande shot the Hornets’ low round with a par 72. Teammate Astha Madan finished second overall, five strokes behind medalist A Ram Choi of Portland State (216-221).

UCD’s March delivers another game-winner

▪ Austin March produced his third walk-off hit of the season as UC Davis beat San Jose State 6-5 in a nonconference game at Dobbins Stadium, UCD reported.

March singled with one out in the ninth to score Nick Lynch from second base.

March, Cameron Olson (River Valley High School) and John Williams each had two hits for the Aggies (22-16-1). The Spartans fell to 10-31.

▪ Visiting Sacramento State scored four runs in the ninth in a 7-4 nonconference win over USF, Sac State reported. Dan Deely and Chris Lewis each singled in two runs for the Hornets (21-18). Deely had three hits and three RBIs. Lewis and Brandon Hunley (Christian Brothers High School) each had two hits. Rio Americano’s Sutter McLoughlin set down the Dons (22-20) in order in the bottom of the ninth for his sixth save.

Bee Sports staff

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