HIALEAH, FL – In what could’ve been a monumental day for ASA Miami soccer, the Silver Storm’s men and women soccer teams fell short against conference opponents Tuesday.
The ASA women lost to visiting Polk State College 5-1 at Ted Hendricks Stadium while the men’s team went on the road and lost 1-0 to Eastern Florida State College Tuesday night.
ASA’s men played even with EFSC, which was ranked No. 18 in the NJCAA Division-I rankings this past week, through halftime and into the second half.
Eastern Florida State broke the scoreless tie in the 78th minute on a shot from nearly 30 yards out that took an odd bounce and was headed in by Jai-Zel Smith.
That goal ended up being enough to sink ASA and drop the Silver Storm to 2-3 on the season.
ASA Miami men’s soccer coach J.C. Gonzalez said he really liked the way his team fought Tuesday.
“I’m very proud of the boys, they fought all the way,” Gonzalez said.
“[Eastern Florida State College] has to come to us now,” he added, referencing the October 3rd showdown between the teams at Ted Hendricks Stadium.
Like the men, ASA Miami’s women (7-2-1) played a scoreless first half and remained tied at nil with their opponent well into the second half.
Playing on a sweltering South Florida afternoon – where on-field temperatures climbed into triple digits – the Lady Silver Storm, who were without the services of freshman midfielder Alejandra Hurtado as she served the second game of a three-game suspension stemming from a red card she received during the Silver Storm’s loss at Daytona State College, saw the game slip away from them when Polk State got on the board in the 65th minute.
The one-goal deficit quickly doubled, when the Eagles tacked on their second goal on a corner kick in the 67th minute.
Polk State’s lead grew to 3-0 before freshman Valentina Restrepo put ASA on the board. Restrepo’s goal would be the only bright spot of the second half, since the Eagles tacked on two more insurance goals in the final 10 minutes of the game to reach the final 5-1 score.
Up Next: The ASA Miami men will travel to Daytona Beach, Florida to face No. 8 Daytona State College on September 29th. ASA’s women will be taking a road trip to Melbourne, Florida to face No. 5 Eastern Florida State College.