Hurricanes End Homestand with Visiting UTSA
CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- The Miami Hurricanes women's soccer team close out its season-long homestand Friday with a match-up against the visiting Roadrunners of UT-San Antonio at 7 p.m.
Miami is looking to snap a two-game losing streak, after dropping their first two conference match-ups in close fashion to No. 13 Wake Forest and No. 5 Duke. In their most recent match with the Blue Devils, the Hurricanes (4-4-1) had yet another hero emerge in freshman Ava Ambrose.
The forward scored her first two career goals against Duke to force the game into an extra period. Ambrose, a native of Omaha, Neb., helped overcome deficits in the 80th minute and the 90th minute before the team fell 3-2 in overtime.
"I think anyone that's seen us play, I think the one thing they can always say is we're a pretty tough team and that we don't quit," head coach Tom Anagnost said after the tough loss. "They fought and clawed and came back twice. We had some chances earlier to tie it or even win the game."
Ambrose became the fifth freshman and seventh newcomer to score through the first nine matches of the season. Alongside fellow freshmen Jasmine Paterson and Ally Andreini, the Hurricanes' offense has received a boost from newcomers in 2012.
"Our team knows we're a little more able to compete than we were last year, and we're just going to get better," Anagnost said.
Miami hopes to continue momentum from a strong defensive showing against the Blue Devils into Friday's match at Cobb Stadium. With the help of sophomore goalkeeper Emily Lillard, the Hurricanes have allowed more than one goal only once this season, a mark that includes four shutouts. With a win over the Roadrunners, head coach Tom Anagnost's will improve its non-conference mark to 5-2-1.
After their contest against UTSA, the Hurricanes return to the pitch Thursday, Sept. 27 with a conference match-up at North Carolina State (7 p.m.) before a showdown with the ranked Tar Heels of North Carolina Sun., Sept. 30 (1 p.m.).
"The ACC is the most unbelievable, competitive conference in the United States and you get the best of the best every single week - it tests you," Anagnost said.
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