HIALEAH, FL. - The ASA Miami soccer team is going toe-to-toe with some of the country's elite soccer programs. Each of their last two opponents - Eastern Florida and Daytona State are ranked nationally, coming in at 12th and 7th respectively. A victory in either of those games would've given the program national recognition and put the Silver Storm in great shape to qualify for the postseason.
Last Friday, ASA played 88 masterful minutes at No. 12 Eastern Florida in the pouring rain. The Titans would sneak in a goal with two minutes remaining to give them a 1-0 lead and the win.
Then on Sunday, ASA welcomed No. 7 Daytona State at home and jumped out in front after four minutes of play with a beautiful header from Alvaro Duque. The goal came on a set piece from a corner kick by Osiris Pinto. After an equalizer goal scored on a penalty kick by Daytona in the 33' minute, both teams headed to the half knotted up. Things seemed to have swung heavily in ASA's favor when Daytona State's goalie was ejected after earning a red card at the 53' minute. The Silver Storm would cash in on the 10 man advantage shortly after with a rocket-strike off the right foot of freshman forward Alphanso Gooden. The goal came from 25-30 yards out and gave ASA the 2-1 lead. However, for the second consecutive game, ASA would give up a goal in the closing minutes. This time it sent both teams into overtime. During the second overtime period with 5:26 remaining, ASA goalie Maximiliano Rocco charged up and contested a ball in the air simultaneously with a Daytona State player. Rocco was given a yellow card and Daytona State was awarded a penalty kick which would decide the game and give the Falcons a 3-2 victory. ASA Miami coach J.C. Gonzalez is proud of his team's effort during their last two games, but isn't giving up on this season just yet. "We still have an opportunity to get in the playoffs this season. Coming off of two heart-breaking defeats, our only concern is Broward coming up next week."
NEXT UP | ASA will take on conference foe Broward College for the second time this season on Monday, October 9.