Sports Contact: J.T. Wilcox, Sports Information Director
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HIALEAH, FL – With her team looking to avoid dropping its fourth straight game, sophomore Steph Souza played the role of "she-ro" when she was able to put a free kick from 25 yards out into the corner of the net lifting ASA Miami to a 2-1 overtime victory over visiting Webber International University Saturday afternoon at Milander Park.
Souza's hit the "golden goal" not even two minutes into the first overtime period – which the team celebrated by rushing onto the field and engulfing Souza in a mosh of hugs and high fives – not only snapping the team's losing streak but also giving the Lady Silver Storm their first home victory of the season.
The win also meant a bit more for ASA Miami (3-3) because it came into Saturday's game severely shorthanded. Missing a total of four players due to myriad of issues, head coach David Luna said that finding a way to come away with a victory Saturday is the type of thing that can galvanize a team through the rest of the season.
"We've been working hard, we've been dominating, we've been getting everything, we just needed to win," Luna said. "The win just creates that comfort, that ease, that pizzazz that you need. The girls work hard and they do everything we ask them to do. It was a fight [today], but they got it. It was what we needed."
"We're an army of girls and they all work hard. We say it all the time that we're a family…and we need every single person in the family and today showed that. We had so many issues – we have injuries, we have suspensions, a couple other things – and we really needed everyone to step up today and they did," Luna added.
The Silver Storm got on the board first Saturday when sophomore Genesis Garrido charged down the left side of the field on a fast break and was able to hit a low, hard kick into the left corner of the net in the 42nd minute.
Webber International tied the game in the 53rd minute with a rebound goal in the box. The teams then played the final 37 minutes of regulation knotted at one.