Rowdies’ Herndandez big enough to shine

by Gary Shelton on May 17, 2015 · 0 comments

in general, Tampa Bay Rowdies

Saturday, 11:49 p.m.

Hernández and Guerrero sprint for ball possession/ANDREW J. KRAMER

Hernández and Guerrero sprint for ball possession/ANDREW J. KRAMER

St. Petersburg

The Tampa Bay Rowdies are still waiting for their breakout game offensively.

The defense, evidently, will give it time.

For the second straight game, the Rowdies' defense smothered its opponents Saturday night, beating the Fort Lauderdale Strikers 1-0. It wasn't that goalkeeper Matt Pickens passed the test. Heck, he didn't even have to answer any questions.

Robert Hernandez, all 5-5 and 145 pounds of him, spurted in between two defenders from the Lauderdale Strikers and tapped in the only goal of the night in the 55th minute, leading the Tampa Bay Rowdies to a 1-0 victory against their cross-state rivals.

As it turned out, one goal was plenty as keeper Pickens recorded his second

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