Sports Contact: J.T. Wilcox, Sports Information Director
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HIALEAH, FL – ASA Miami's women's soccer program was knocking on the proverbial door in 2018 – winning its first-ever conference playoff game while also setting a new record for most conference wins in a season.
Now, the Lady Silver Storm appear ready to kick in the door.
Led by Valentina Restrepo's two goals, ASA Miami cruised to a 5-1 win over visiting conference foe Polk State College Sunday morning at Milander Park.
The Lady Silver Storm (5-3-1, 2-0 Region VIII) vaulted to the top of its conference with the big win Sunday after knocking off Broward College this past Wednesday.
It appeared that ASA was headed for its second straight shutout victory, leading 5-0 with – literally – one second left on the clock. However, the official called the Silver Storm for a foul in the box, which awarded Polk State a penalty kick. The Eagles got on the board with the last-second kick and spoiled ASA's flawless victory.
Inconsequential goals aside, ASA Miami head coach said that he was proud of the way his team performed Sunday.
"We played about 75 minutes of really good soccer today," Luna began. "Things got a little sloppy at the end as we were doing a lot of subbing and then they got that last goal at the end, but overall I was pleased with the way the girls played today. I feel like since that game against Florida National [University], we've been in a better place mentally – the girls have been coming out and taking care of business in practice and in the games. That tie was just what we needed."
ASA Miami put Polk State, which arrived to the stadium late, "behind the eight ball" with Restrepo's first goal in 20th minute. The Silver Storm took a 2-0 lead into halftime and ended up tacking on three more goals in the second half – a laser from 15 yards out by Steph Souza (on a Restrepo assist), a short kick in the box by sophomore Alejandra Hurtado, and a crosskick into the corner of the net by Anne Aleixo.
Sunday's win – the team's second straight and third victory over another NJCAA opponent this season – could prove to be the stepping stone needed for the upcoming slate of games. The Silver Storm will travel to (Division-II) Barry University on Tuesday before a huge conference showdown with Eastern Florida State College on September 28th.