Sports Contact: J.T. Wilcox, Sports Information Director
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 13, 2018
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."