Sports Contact: J.T. Wilcox, Sports Information Director
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 26, 2019
HIALEAH, FL – It was a tale of two halves Monday as ASA Miami saw its 1-0 lead – which it held through the 70th minute of the game – evaporate over the final 15 minutes of the game as visiting Barry University spoiled the Lady Silver Storm's home opener, defeating ASA 2-1 at Ted Hendricks Stadium at Milander Park.
Sophomore Anika Duncan put ASA Miami (2-1) on the board in the 27th minute when she got control of a loose ball in the box, was able to stave off a defender, and put a strong kick past the Barry goalkeeper.
The Silver Storm, who will travel to play Nova Southeastern Wednesday evening and will travel to Pensacola, Florida this weekend for a two-game set as a part of a JUCO showcase, had opportunities to build on their lead through the first half and into the second half – finding viable shots in and outside the box. Barry's play picked up in the second half, controlling the ball for longer stints and putting more pressure on the ASA Miami backline. The Buccaneers, who came into the 2019 season as the No. 10 ranked team in Division-II and the preseason No. 1 team in the Sunshine State Conference, tied the game in the 72nd minute and took the lead in the 87th minute.
ASA Miami head coach Dave Luna was disappointed with the result of the game but said that his team learned a valuable lesson Tuesday night.
"In order to be the best, you have to be the best all the time...not just for a half, not just for most of the game," Luna said. "You cannot 'turn off' like we did in the second half tonight. Still, even though we didn't get the win, it wasn't a bad performance. This game will serve as a huge lesson for us."