HIALEAH, FL – While the year didn’t quite end the way ASA College-Miami’s women’s soccer team hoped it would, it was still a largely successful and record-setting season.
Aside from setting new program marks for goals, assists, points, saves, as well as consecutive wins and total wins, the team set a new record for number of players being named to the All-Region VIII teams with six total student-athletes, as it was announced Tuesday night.
Freshman forward Valentina Restrepo and freshman midfielder Ivana Slipcevic were both named to the All-Region VIII First-Team while sophomore goalkeeper Noemy Franco and freshmen Alejandra Hurtado, Valerie Guevara, and Isabella Heiderick were selected to the Second-Team.
Having six Lady Silver Storm players awarded the postseason honor also sets a program record, shattering last season’s mark of two. Tuesday’s news also ties a bow on a what was ASA Miami’s best season under head coach David Luna – an 11-7-1 year just one year after a winless (0-5) 2017 season.
Restrepo took Region VIII by storm, finishing the regular season as the conference’s No. 1 goal scorer (21) and leader in points scored (48). The Colombia native was far and away the best offensive player in the region, totaling six more goals than the second-best player on the list and 15 more than the next closest in total points. Restrepo also led in game-winning goals (6), tied for No. 6 in the region in assists (6) and took the seventh most shots (38).
The idea of Restrepo earning Region VIII Player of the Year honors began picking up steam considering she ranked No. 22 in the country for goals and No. 26 nationally in points, but the voters elected not to consider her entire body of work and looked elsewhere for candidates.
Another one of Luna’s newcomers – Slipcevic – ranked No. 1 in Region VIII in assists (10), No. 5 in points (22) and tied for No. 8 in goals (6), in addition to ranking in the top 50 in the NJCAA in assists. Slipcevic, a Germany native, was routinely one of the most skilled players on the pitch every game – showing an array of offensive and defensive skills.
ASA Miami sophomore goalkeeper and emotional leader Noemy Franco capped her Silver Storm career with another All-Region performance. Having been named a first-teamer in 2017, “Noey” earned second-team honors this season finishing as the No. 1 goalie in saves (106), No. 3 in save percentage (.815), and fifth in goals-against average (2.0) while securing six shutouts on the year.
Franco’s total saves and save percentage numbers also ranked her 25th and 43rd respectively in those categories.
Joining Franco on the Region VIII second-team was freshman midfielder Alejandra Hurtado, freshman forward Isabella Heiderick, and freshman defender Valerie Guevara.
Hurtado had an impressive 2018 season, being a part of the three-way tie for eighth-most goals this season (6) while also being No. 7 in points (16) and tied for 13th in assists.
Heiderick earned her spot on the second-team by tallying the fourth-most assists in the region with eight. Guevara was rewarded for her defensive intensity and tenacity, proving to be stalwart on the Lady Silver Storm’s backline.