Sports Contact: J.T. Wilcox, Sports Information Director
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
HIALEAH, FL – For other programs with years upon years of existence and longstanding athletic histories, receiving national attention is – what they call – an "old hat".
But for a young – really still infantile – program like ASA Miami; being recognized on the national stage is a big deal.
While ASA Miami (5-3) did not crack the top 20 of the latest NJCAA women's soccer poll, the Lady Silver Storm made program history as they were listed as one of the few teams that received votes to be considered a ranked team for the first time in program history.
ASA's received this "tip of the cap" from voters after the Silver Storm earned a big 2-1 double-overtime win over Daytona State College Saturday night. Going on the road to knock off Daytona State – which is ranked No. 16 in Monday's poll – was a two-fold plus for ASA Miami. Not only did ASA stay in the thick of the seeding hunt in Region VIII, but the Lady Silver Storm also avenged October 2's loss to the Lady Falcons – when Daytona State rallied back from a two-goal deficit to defeat ASA on their home pitch.
Saturday's win also marked the second time the Lady Silver Storm had taken down a ranked opponent. When ASA Miami defeated Jones College (MS) 1-0 to open the 2019 season, the Lady Bobcats were ranked No. 14 in the country.
Receiving votes in the latest poll is validation for ASA Miami and head coach David Luna. Since taking over the program in 2017, Luna has elevated the women's soccer program in the subsequent three seasons. ASA Miami broke several team records this past season, including total wins, conference wins, goals scored, and won the team's first playoff game. The 2018 team also had six players receive All-Region VIII honors – also a team record.
ASA Miami will be able to catapult itself into the national top 20 – and muck up the Region VIII standings – this weekend when it hosts No. 3 ranked Eastern Florida State College on Sunday (Oct. 20) at 5 p.m.