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Rowdies win first game of preseason by coming back to beat USF

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Finally, goals.

Finally, victory.

The Tampa Bay Rowdies won their first game of the preseason Saturday night as they came from behind and beat USF, 3-1, in the late stages of their exhibition game at Corbett Stadium.

Tommy Heinemann came off the bench and a had a goal and two assists to lead the Rowdies’ victory. Tampa Bay had begun its preseason 0-2-1, playing Montreal to a 0-0 tie and losing 1-0 to D.C. United and 2-0 to Philadelphia. USF scored on a shot by Nazeem Bartman.

Freddie Adu and Darnell King also scored for the the Rowdies,who went 333 minutes before scoring their first goal.

The Rowdies now travel to England for three games, then have one more preseason game against the University of Tampa.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit garysheltonsports@gmail.com.

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