HIALEAH, FL – In what had to be one of the busiest sports weekends in ASA Miami history, it was the women’s soccer team that came away with the biggest victory of the weekend.
Riding the momentum of its 3-1 must-have win over Polk State College this past Tuesday, ASA Miami earned a 2-1 victory over No. 5 Eastern Florida State College Saturday night at Ted Hendricks Stadium.
The victory held great meaning for the Lady Silver Storm, who improved to 9-5-1 on the season, because it was their second straight conference win and it avenged 2017’s 17-0 drubbing at the hands of the Lady Titans.
ASA Miami head coach David Luna, who received a celebratory water cooler bath from his players after the game, said that wins like Saturday’s show how much growth has occurred within the program.
“We just beat the No. 5 ranked team in the country. They’re a powerhouse,” Luna said Saturday.
“This win is massive…it’s massive for the girls, it’s massive for the program. We build off of this as we go into the playoffs.”
“It’s one thing when you start a program and you go to Eastern [Florida State College] a year ago they put 17 on you. Then to play against them earlier this year and lose in a tough game at their place. Then to come back and play a complete game and get the victory – it’s an example of how much work the girls have put in and how much work the program has put in and where the program is headed.”
ASA Miami, which will travel to Broward College October 17th, fell behind 1-0 in the 10th minute after a Klesha Darroux goal. The Silver Storm tied the game up six minutes later when Valentina Restrepo got her foot on a short corner pass from Isabella Heiderick and was able to put the ball in the back of the net.
After the game went into halftime tied at 1, Restrepo scored what ended up being the game-winning goal in the 52nd minute on an assist from freshman Ivana Slipcevic – giving Restrepo 20 goals on the season.
Luna said that Restrepo’s goals were huge, but that it was the efforts of the team that was able to hold the Lady Titans scoreless for 85 minutes.
“Huge game out of Valentina...but as a team the girls played really well,” Luna said. “Our girls did well in the individual defensive battles – Ivana [Slipcevic] played great, [Alejandra Hurtado] played awesome, Natalie [Strkalj] settled us down, our defensive line has improved in doing the little things right – so it was a solid performance for our team.”
Sophomore goalkeeper Noemy Franco had one of her best games of the seasons Saturday, shutting out Eastern Florida State in the second half with 15 saves.
“It’s phenomenal to have a keeper like [Noemy]…she understands the pace of the game, she understands what she’s doing, she understands what she has to do for the team – day in and day out – and she makes big saves for us,” Luna said.
“To reward her with the win was huge.”
ASA Miami’s men’s and women’s tennis teams didn’t quite have the outing they were hoping for this past weekend at the Fall ITA Oracle Cup in Rome, Georgia, but it was still a productive trip as both teams had a doubles pair finish as runner-up and the girls had a singles runner-up.
Silver Storm freshman Molly Helgesson romped through the quarterfinals and semifinals – winning both in straight sets – but fell in the final to Tyler Junior College’s Maria Genovese.
The duo of Michaela Krauskova and Tatiana Simova had a similar day – cruising through the quarters and semis before falling in the finals to Tyler JuCo pair Anna Brogan and Genovese.
On the men’s side, the pair of Sergio Ingles and Matthew Carroll finished in second place after losing to a duo from Seward County Community College in straight sets. Ingles and Carroll were just one of three ASA Miami men’s doubles pairs on the final bracket – with Josh Rose and Tao Castillo finishing third and Toru Horie Andres Cabezas taking sixth.
ASA Miami’s men’s soccer team picked up a pair of ties this past week – both in double overtime thrillers.
Unlike the women’s team, ASA’s men (2-5-2) weren’t in a must-win situation and could afford the ties against their conference opponents.
The Silver Storm earned a tie this past Wednesday’s against visiting Daytona State despite falling behind 2-1 in the 75th minute. Johan Godoy was able to even the game in the 85th minute with an impressive shot inside the box.
The teams played through two scoreless 10-minute extra periods before settling for the even result.
Sunday’s game followed a similar route.
ASA took a 1-0 lead in the 65th minute thanks to a powerful top shelf goal by Alphanso Gooden, but saw that advantage slip away 10 minutes later when the Seahawks got a goal past backup goalie Jesus Tovar.
Neither team was able to take advantage of the “golden goal rule” during the two overtime periods and had to settle for the tie.
ASA Miami will travel to Broward College this week (October 18th) before traveling to Daytona Beach to take on Daytona State on October 20 in a Region 8 play-in game.
ASA Miami’s baseball team saw a 4-1 fifth-inning lead evaporate thanks to a pair of multi-run homers and fell to host Miami Dade College 6-5 this past week. Alex Rodriguez led the way for the Silver Storm, going 1-for-3 with a 2-run home run in the first inning.
ASA Miami’s men’s basketball team couldn’t shut the door on host Johnson and Wales University this past Saturday, allowing the Wildcats to erase a 13-point deficit in the final five minutes of the game and ultimately sink the Silver Storm 79-75 in overtime.
ASA, which loss to JWU by 40 points in a preseason just a year ago, showed its growth and development – largely controlling the game until the waning minutes. Up 72-70 with less than 10 seconds to play, the Silver Storm could’ve put the game out of reach in the final seconds with a pair of free throws. Instead, ASA was only able to extend its lead to 73-70 and left the door open for the Wildcats to knock down a desperation heave three-pointer and send the game to overtime.
ASA Miami head coach Jean Dubuisson said that he learned a lot about his team over the weekend.
“I wanted to see how the guys would react to being in live, game situations,” Dubuisson said. “I mean, we lost to this team by 40 a year ago, and now we just took them to overtime – and should’ve won. This shows us where we’ve grown and it also shows us where and how we need to keep grinding.”
ASA Miami softball’s team was dealt a humbling loss this past Saturday, falling 17-2 to host St. Thomas University. The Lady Silver Storm, who won their first-ever scrimmage against a travel club a week ago, found a much more difficult test against the four-year school.
ASA, which is in its inaugural season and will play the 2019 season as a club team, held St. Thomas in check for the first three innings – of a 10-inning exhibition – only trailing 1-0. St. Thomas then scored 14 runs over the next four innings.
Still, Marisha Bullard continued her hot hitting for ASA – going 2-for-2 with a triple along with a pair of stolen bases. Also, Alexandra Garcia finished 3-for-5 with an RBI.
Despite 26 points from T’Kaylah Austin and another combined 26 from Mackenzie Sadaka and Desnee Johnson, ASA Miami’s women’s basketball team fell 92-56 to She Hoops Elite travel club Saturday night at Bucky Dent Gym.