HIALEAH, FL – The ASA College Miami women’s soccer team kicked off its 2018 regular season campaign with a pair of dominant performances.
The Lady Silver Storm hit the road and traveled to Cuthbert, Georgia to play two games in three days – taking on host Andrew College Friday, August 24 and squaring off against Meridian Community College on Sunday, August 26.
ASA made easy work of Andrew College, jumping out to a 3-0 lead in the opening minutes before cruising to an 8-0 victory over the Fighting Tigers.
The win this past Friday was significant for the Lady Storm because it marked the first time that ASA Miami women’s soccer won its regular season opener.
Riding the momentum of this past Friday’s win, ASA flexed its muscle again two days later using another quick start – scoring three goals in the first three minutes – to manufacture a 9-1 win over Meridian CC.
The second win in three days also set a milestone for the program – marking the first time that ASA Miami women’s soccer began a season with two consecutive victories.
ASA head coach Dave Luna said that going on a road trip to start the season was the best thing for his team.
“With so many new girls, it was just a new experience for all of them,” Luna said.
“For them to get the experience of the travel, of playing competition in our region, of it being a real game and everything counting…the momentum and enthusiasm was building up for it.”
“It was exciting to have the numbers and the depth that we didn’t have in the past. And because we took care of the business that we needed to take care of, we were able to get everybody into both games and we got to see our depth. We got quality minutes and game experience for everyone and got two solid wins,” Luna added.
The star of the weekend was freshman forward Valentina Restrepo.
Restrepo posted three goals and an assist in each of the two games and put herself on multiple NJCAA leaderboards with her performances.
“She’s going to be a force to be reckoned with,” Luna said about his budding star player.
“She was somebody that we were excited about since we’ve recruited her here and she has not let us down. She’s been everything that we’ve expected her to be. She’s a large presence up top, she’s our target forward, we play through her.”
“She even had one goal in each of our preseason games…she’s on a roll,” Luna added.
The Lady Storm will look to extend their record-setting winning streak Thursday, August 30 when it plays its home opener against visiting Ave Maria University at 10 a.m. at Ted Hendricks Stadium in Hialeah, Florida.
Luna said his team is focused on keeping that winning feeling going.
“We’ve been saying ‘3-0’, we want to stay undefeated,” Luna said.
“Ave Maria is a great opponent…it’s a four-year school and we try to play as many four-year schools as possible so that our girls get the experience and exposure. Also, it’s a way for us to continue that momentum because we play in the toughest division in the country. We need as much competition as possible.”