Hurricanes Match Program-Best Start with 3-0 Victory

Hurricanes Match Program-Best Start with 3-0 Victory

Sept. 7, 2008

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – The University of Miami women’s soccer team (5-0-0) battled the Memphis Tigers (2-1-1) in a 3-0 victory Sunday afternoon.

Sophomore Lauren Singer scored her first two goals of the season, as Miami has matched a program-best 5-0 start to open the season. The Hurricanes started 5-0 in both 2001 and 2006.

Singer’s first goal came in the 11th minute, when she took a pass from junior Paulelette Ricks-Chambers and hit the back left corner of the net from the middle of the box. Her second goal, gave Miami a 3-0 lead, came in second half at the 79:27 mark, from 15 yards away. The assist was credited to freshman Brittany Bucknor, earning her first point in her collegiate career.

Singer who has the second-most shots on the team with 20 said, “It feels really good to finally put some in the back of the net… We came out motivated for this road trip and now we are going home 5-0.”

Brittney Steinbruch scored the second goal of the game in the 58th minute with the assist coming from Danielle Griebel. The goal was Steinbruch’s sixth of the season and she now is now tied with Lindsey Yach (2002-04) as the second-most prolific goal-scorer in Miami history with 22 career goals. The Wyckoff, N.J. native has scored at least one goal in all five games so far this season.

Freshman Vikki Alonzo made six saves in earning her fourth shutout of the season.

The Hurricanes were very efficient on the day, even though they were outshot 16-7 by the Tigers.

“I am very, very pleased , this was a complete team effort today,” said head coach Tricia Taliaferro. “All players contributed against a quality opponent.”

Memphis is the defending Conference USA champion and are the first opponent that Miami has played this season that participated in the 2007 NCAA Tournament.

“This was not an easy game for us, we were very disciplined and pulled it out,” added Taliaferro. “Hopefully, this gives us confidence as we head home to face a very good Purdue team.”

The Hurricanes will look to open the season with their sixth straight win when they take on Purdue at Cobb Stadium on Wednesday, Sept. 10th when they host Boilermakers at 7 p.m. Tickets are on sale at $3 for children and $5 for adults.