Soccer Impresses in Strong Fall Campaign
As the Miami Hurricanes women's soccer team wrapped up its 2012 season with an appearance in the Atlantic Coast Conference Championship, the team now awaits its NCAA postseason opponent.
"This team had a better regular season than the 2011 team that hosted and won a first-round NCAA Tournament game," head coach Tom Anagnost said. "We have three signature wins this year (compared to only two last year), and had three draws against ranked teams (compared to zero last year)."
- The Miami Hurricanes opened their 2012 campaign in impressive fashion, earning exhibition wins over Dayton (4-0) and Ohio State (1-0).
- Miami enjoyed a 4-1 thrashing of 2012 SEC champions and No. 11 Florida (No. 9 RPI) on the road at Pressly Stadium in their season opener, a game they thoroughly dominated.
- The Hurricanes fought their way to a very unfortunate draw with Big 12 champions and 19th-ranked West Virginia (No. 21 RPI) on the road. Miami registered 21 shots on the day, outshooting the home side 21-11.
- Miami finished its nonconference schedule sporting a 13-3 scoring margin and +10 goal differential, while managing a 5-2-1 non-conference record.
- The team's only nonconference losses were on the road in overtime against No. 9 UCF (No. 18 RPI) and against USF, whose only shot on goal found the back of the net for a 1-0 decision.
- The Hurricanes barely missed out on two wins to start their conference schedule, falling 1-0 to No. 7 Wake Forest (No. 10 RPI) and 3-2 to No. 2 Duke (No. 14 RPI) in overtime.
- Both games were very tight, as the homestanding side nearly tallied goals in the latter stages to win both games. A late chance on a breakaway nearly sealed the win against Duke, while a shot sailed inches wide against Wake in the final seconds of regulation.
- Miami then reeled off back-to-back ACC wins, including dominant showings over NC State and Clemson on the road, to regain footing in the conference standings.
- A draw with No. 19 Virginia Tech would start a late surge from the Hurricanes. Despite outshooting the Hokies 14-7, including a 9-2 differential in the second half, Miami was unable to find the back of the net in time.
- Miami entered its match-up with No. 7 Maryland, who was competing for an ACC title at the time of the contest. A goal from senior midfielder Jordan Roseboro clinched a key decision for the Hurricanes.
- Miami then defeated the nation's No. 1 team for the first in program history. A late tally moved the Hurricanes past in-state rival Florida State to clinch the No. 7 seed in the ACC Championship.
- For the first time all season, the Seminoles were held scoreless and were knocked from their national No. 1 ranking, as Miami clinched its first ACC Championship berth since 2008.
- Facing the most difficult portion of its 2012 schedule, Miami reeled off eight of a possible 12 points to finish the season hot.
- The Hurricanes held four Top 25 opponents, all of whom ranked in the top seven in the conference in offense, scoreless across 408 combined minutes to clinch its berth on the last day of the regular season.
- Miami's fiery finish included a 3-1-2 record in its final six regular season games, a stretch that included five shutouts.
- The team's ACC Championship loss to the ninth-ranked Terrapins would serve to continue a common trend: only two of the team's losses all season had come by more than one goal, with defeats to No. 9 UCF, No. 7 Wake Forest, No. 2 Duke and Maryland each by a goal.
- The Hurricanes set a program single-season record with 11 shutouts, including a program ACC-record six shutouts. The 2012 team is on pace to break the school's single-season record for fewest goals allowed and goals against average.
"We allowed way less goals this year and performed far better against the best teams in the country," Anagnost said. "We finished seventh in the ACC, which is clearly the strongest conference in the country. I also really like how well we played at the end of the season. We are all anxious and excited for Monday."
Monday's Women's Soccer Selection Announcement will take place Monday, Nov. 5 at 4:30 p.m. The proceedings can be watched live on NCAA.com - click HERE to view.