Sports Contact: J.T. Wilcox, Sports Information Director
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HIALEAH, FL – Before the game, ASA Miami men's soccer head coach told his players that he expected them to go "toe-to-toe" with No. 3 Eastern Florida State College. Urging his team to make sure the visiting "powerhouse" would know that they had just played a physical game by the sound of the final buzzer.
The Silver Storm did just that.
Despite ASA Miami battling throughout the entire game, Eastern Florida was gifted an advantage over the final 23 minutes – with two Silver Storm players receiving red cards in that span – the only time in which ASA yielded a goal and ultimately fell 1-0 Tuesday night at Milander Park.
After playing 67 hotly-contested, scoreless minutes, ASA's Ignacio Priluka received a red card from the official. By rule, after a player receives a red card, they are ejected from the game and their team must play the remainder of the game with one fewer player. Now down to 10 players compared to Eastern Florida State's 11, the Silver Storm still kept the highly-ranked Titans off the board with tough backline defense.
Matters only got worse in the 78th minute when Sanjay Williams also received a red card, leaving ASA Miami to play the final 12 minutes with only nine players on the pitch.
It wasn't until ASA Miami was at a two-player disadvantage that the top-five ranked team was able to put a goal in the back of the net in the 77th minute. The Silver Storm continue to battle with nine, even creating a viable scoring opportunity in the 84th minute, but couldn't connect.
After the game, Coach Gonzalez commended his team for the fortitude it showed – even while shorthanded – and encouraged his players to use Tuesday's outcome as fuel for the remainder of the season.
"Don't lose sleep over this game, but remember this, remember tonight," Gonzalez told his team, which will host conference foe Daytona State College on Sunday. "You guys fought hard tonight and that's something we can build on. We will see [Eastern Florida State College] again and they will have to play us at full strength."