HIALEAH, FL – As the calendar turned to October, the sports world rejoiced because it signaled one of the best times to be a sports fan.
Almost every major sport has some sort of activity – preseason, regular season, or postseason – going on simultaneously.
ASA Miami is, too, enjoying that splendid surplus of sports this weekend.
ASA men’s and women’s tennis, men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s basketball, baseball, and softball all will be in action over the next five days.
It could have been a perfect 11-for-11 of Silver Storm teams in action if ASA Miami’s football team had not been on an unexpected bye week (due to an opponent canceling) and if the men’s and women’s track & field teams were also participating in a preseason meet this weekend.
Nonetheless, the eight teams will be looking to complete a “Silver Storm Sweep”.
ASA Miami Men’s Soccer
Vs. Daytona State College – Oct. 10 | 6 p.m.
Vs. Broward College – Oct. 14 | 6 p.m.
Two huge conference showdowns await the Silver Storm this week. ASA Miami is chomping at the bit to get back on the pitch after suffering a heartbreaking 1-0 home loss to Eastern Florida State (Oct. 3). Head coach J.C. Gonzalez has maintained all year that the gap between all the squads in Region VIII is razor thin, meaning all the games should be close and hotly contested. Aside from the two conference contests this week, the men’s junior varsity team will also be in action this week – taking on Florida National University on Friday, October 12 at Ted Hendricks Stadium.
ASA Miami Women’s Soccer
at Polk State College – Oct. 9 | 3 p.m.
vs. Eastern Florida State – Oct. 13 | 6 p.m.
The term “must-win” is thrown around a lot in sports, but it truly applies for the Lady Silver Storm and head coach David Luna this week. After starting the season 7-0-1, the ASA women have lost their past five games – all of which were conference games. The biggest gut-punch of that winless streak was October 6th’s 2-1 home loss to Daytona State – where the Falcons scored the go-ahead goal in the 89th minute on a controversial goal that capped a supremely physical matchup. Traveling to Polk State, who defeated ASA 5-1 on Sept. 25, will be a tough task and will go a long way to determining the Lady Storm’s postseason hopes as well as setting the tone for Saturday’s home match against Eastern Florida State College.
ASA Miami Men’s & Women’s Tennis
Fall ITA Oracle Cup – Oct. 11-14 | Rome, GA.
Winning at the highest level continues to be modus operandi for ASA Miami tennis coach Brian Slack. In what Slack has called a “championship or bust” year for both the men’s and women’s teams, both squads have started off the fall season the right way. The women put on a dominant performance at the Fall ITA regional tournament a couple of weeks ago – winning the singles and doubles titles – and the men followed suit a week later. Because the Silver Storm dominated the regional tourney’s, both teams will be headed to Rome, Georgia to compete in the Fall ITA Oracle Cup. Freshmen Molly Helgesson and Toru Horie each had outstanding showings at the regionals and could set themselves up to reach the Oracle ITA National Fall Championships, which will take place November 7-11 at the Surprise Tennis & Racquet Complex in Surprise, Arizona. The only thing standing in ASA’s way this weekend is the impending threat of Hurricane Michael (a category-3 storm) hitting Florida’s Gulf Coast panhandle Wednesday and possibly traveling across Georgia through the weekend.
ASA Miami Men’s Basketball
at Johnson & Wales (Scrimmage) – Oct. 13 | 11 a.m.
ASA Miami head coach Jean Dubuisson is optimistic for the 2018-19 as he welcomed in a talented recruiting class and has already begun practicing. With the regular season less than three weeks away, the Silver Storm will take on NAIA opponent Johnson and Wales University.
ASA Miami Women’s Basketball
vs. She Hoops Elite (Scrimmage) – Oct. 13 | 7 p.m.
A new chapter began for ASA Miami’s women’s basketball team with the hiring of new head coach Kevin Johnson. Johnson committed to changing the culture of the program and has already breathed new life into the team with a talented recruiting class. The Lady Silver Storm began offseason training weeks ago – including a scrimmage this past weekend with Florida Memorial University – and the work continues with another scrimmage Saturday.
ASA Miami Softball
at St. Thomas University (Scrimmage) – Oct. 12 | 12 noon
at Keiser Fall Scramble (Scrimmage) – Oct. 14 | 8 a.m.
Everything is new for ASA Miami’s softball program. Head coach Geena Capitini is working tirelessly to create a winning culture and has already developed great team chemistry through multiple team-building events and fall conditioning. The Lady Silver Storm won their first-ever scrimmage this past weekend – against a travel club – but they’ll truly be put to the test this weekend with a pair of scrimmages against 4-year schools.
ASA Miami Baseball
at Miami Dade College (Scrimmage) – Oct. 10 | 3 p.m.
at Miami Dade College (Scrimmage) – Oct. 12 | 3 p.m.
While ASA’s baseball program is not new, it does have a new head coach. Robert Martin was promoted to replace Jonathan Hernandez in August, and has spent the past six weeks putting his own stamp on the program. To get his team ready for the grind that is the baseball season, Martin’s team will play multiple scrimmage series’ – including a pair against Miami Dade College.