Sports Contact: J.T. Wilcox, Sports Information Director
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DAYTONA BEACH, FL – On a night that is celebrated for its scary overtones, ASA Miami's women's soccer team saw its season come to a nightmarish end – losing 1-0 in double overtime to host Daytona State College Thursday night in the Region VIII conference playoffs.
After playing through 100 scoreless minutes (regulation and the first overtime), Daytona State broke the tie and secured the victory when Michelle O'Driscoll headed in a cross-kick into the box for the "golden goal".
Daytona State will face Eastern Florida State College on Saturday in the Region VIII conference playoffs final.
As their opponent celebrated, the Lady Silver Storm dealt with the crushing blow of reality that their season – which could be considered the best in school history up to this point – had just ended.
The typical sports cliché of "hate that one team had to lose the game" was apt for Thursday's match. Both goalkeepers played with the focus expected in a playoff game and kept their respective teams in the game throughout.
Losing in double overtime carries an extra bit of sting because ASA Miami had multiple chances throughout regulation to get on the board. The most egregious of those opportunities came in the 70th minute when Alejandra Hurtado had a kick from 35 yards out hit the side bar and ricocheted directly out to ASA's leading goal scorer Valentina Restrepo.
Restrepo got her foot on the ball and sent a laser of a kick towards the right side of the net, but the Daytona State goalkeeper, who dove to her right to contest the Hurtado shot, was able to get up, recover, and dive to her left in time to push the Restrepo kick out wide.
ASA had a couple other breakaway opportunities the rest of the second half, but the DSC goalkeeper kept the Silver Storm at bay.
ASA Miami ends the season with a 6-5 record.