CORAL GABLES, Fla. - Second-half goals from three different Hurricanes propelled homestanding Miami to a 3-0 win over the visiting Idaho Vandals at Cobb Stadium.
Freshman Amy Schmidt, senior Kate Howarth and sophomore Ashley Flinn all tallied for head coach Tom Anagnost's side, who improved to 4-2-1 on the season with the victory. Despite a heavy advantage over the Vandals on the stat sheet by halftime, the score remained deadlocked at 0-0.
"We didn't put the ball on the frame," Coach Anagnost said of the first half. "It's just about having confidence, and having a little more composure."
The Hurricanes made up for their early lack of finish just after the halftime whistle, as Schmidt and Howarth scored less than a minute apart to put Miami ahead 2-0 by the 50th minute.
Schmidt, subbing in for an injured Tina Romagnuolo in the 49th minute, connected on her first career goal on a rebound in the box past Vandals' keeper Liz Boyden. Howarth netted her second of the year on a header, set up with a beautiful cross from sophomore Maddie Simms deep in the far corner.
Flinn put the finishing touches on another commanding victory with a clean strike on a clever through-ball from freshman Jasmine Paterson. The sophomore forward outran the competition, slotting the ball past Boyden in the 87th minute for her first of the season.
Despite the second-half fireworks, Friday's win once again stood out for another impressive defensive performance from the home side. The Hurricanes, who improved their goal differential to +9 in the win over the Vandals (2-5-0), have not allowed a goal in 299 consecutive minutes of play.
Freshman Paula Forero Cabrera earned her second shutout victory of the season, recording four saves in the clean sheet.
"We're successful defensively only when everyone defends and is willing to defend," Anagnost said. "That's been something we've stressed and coached, and that starts with our forwards."
The Hurricanes open their Atlantic Coast Conference schedule on Thursday with a 7 p.m. match-up against visiting No. 17 Wake Forest. The Demon Deacons, who finished last season as NCAA College Cup semifinalists, will propose a serious challenge for Miami, looking to avenge its 4-1 defeat from 2011.
"I'm anxious and excited to see how this new group responds, and what their mentality will be once the whistle blows," Anagnost said. "I believe in our team and have confidence in our team."