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Aztex, Longhorns, and soccer-playing dogs

In one of their better games of the year, the Austin Aztex beat a very good Carolina RailHawks team Sunday, 3-2, in front of 4,188 fans, to clinch a U.S. Soccer Federation Division-2 playoff spot and stay in good position for the overall top seed. The Aztex's goals came from Eddie Johnson (his 10th of the year), defender Yohance Marshall, and Randi Patter­son with a beautiful game-winner (his first goal for the team). The Aztex are on a long road trip this weekend – facing two of the best teams in the league, Portland at 9pm Thursday and Vancouver at 6pm Sunday (you can watch all road games at www.austinaztex.com or by attending the watch parties at Mister Tramps, 8565 Research)... Jamie Watson, recovered from his broken collarbone, made the trip, but Jay Needham (hamstring) didn't... Just two more regular-season home games: Sept. 4 (Minnesota) and Sept. 25 (St. Louis)... International Aztex: Haitian national defender Mechak Jerome is the latest roster addition; Lawrence Olum, a rock in midfield all year, is off to play for his Kenyan national team... Former Aztex defender Gareth Evans, now with the Maryland Monarchs, made the United Soccer Leagues Second Division All-League First Team... Playoff tickets are now on sale online; the opening game will be Oct. 6 or 9.

The UT Longhorns won their opener Friday night at North Carolina State, 2-1, on goals from freshman Gabby Zarne­gar and Leah Fortune, who just joined the team this week, fresh from training for the 2011 World Cup with the Brazil national team. This weekend, the Horns host UT-San Anto­nio (Friday, 7pm), and Southern California (Sunday, 1pm). For USC, there's a $3 Web coupon, or a $7 bundle pack (admission, hot dog, chips, soda, discount merchandise) at www.texassports.com. USC was nationally ranked before losing their opener, 1-0, to San Diego. Elsewhere, North Carolina took over the top spot after trouncing Big-12 favorite Texas A&M, 3-0, in College Station.

The Houston Dynamo say they're on schedule for their $80 million downtown stadium project, seating approximately 22,000; they expect to break ground by the end of this year and start play in it in 2012.

Teach your dog to play soccer. How? See Bay Woof magazine: www.baywoof.com/1008.GoodDog.shtml.

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