Late Singer Goal Leads to Hurricane Win

Late Singer Goal Leads to Hurricane Win

Sept. 12, 2008

CORAL GABLES – The University of Miami women’s soccer team (7-0-0) defeated a very tough Eastern Michigan (2-2-2) team in a 1-0 victory, Friday night at Cobb Stadium in front of a near capacity crowd of 484 fans.

In a game that was played at a heightened pace throughout, The Hurricanes kicked up another gear in the second half, showing their conditioning advantage.

“It was a great performance by our defense and our offense tonight,” said associate head coach Jeff Freeman. “I have to give a lot of credit to the EMU defense, they were very organized and didn’t allow us to finish.”

However, in the 77th minute, Miami did finish. After Paulelette Ricks-Chambers crossed the ball into the middle of the field, sophomore Lauren Singer fought off a defender and fired a shot from 20-yards out. The shot first deflected off the head of a defender, then the finger tips of the outstretched goalie, before trickling behind the goal line, for the matches only score.

On her third goal of the season Singer said, “I told Paulelette that the middle of the field was open, she fed it to me and I got a good kick on it.”

The Hurricanes outshot their opponent for the sixth time this season with a clear 24-2 advantage, extending their record win streak to seven. Sophomore Brittney Steinbruch had her consecutive games with a goal streak snapped at six, but she gave the Eagles’ defense fits all night as she registered a team-high eight shots.

The defense, led by senior captain Corynn Carino and sophomore Brittney Macdonald, held Eastern Michigan to only two shots for the game, both coming in the first half. Only needing to make one save on the night, freshman Vikki Alonzo recorded her sixth shutout of the season.

“We face a very tough BYU squad next week, they were the Mountain West Champions and a top-25 team a year ago,” added Freeman.

BYU comes to Cobb Stadium Tuesday, Sept. 16. Gametime is set for 7 p.m. Tickets for the game will be on sale, $5 for adults and $3 for children.