CORAL GABLES, Fla. – Led by two goals from Brittany Steinburch, Miami scored three goals within four minutes to defeat the FGCU women’s soccer team, 3-1, on Tuesday evening at Cobb Stadium.
Miami improves to 2-1-1 on the season, while FGCU falls to 1-2 as both teams ready for FGCU’s Embassy Suites Kick-Off Classic beginning on Friday.
“It’s disappointing that we battled and after we gave up a goal we put our heads down,” said head coach Jim Blankenship. “Hopefully it’s something we can learn from and continue to keep fighting back. These are games that you look at and take pieces out to make you better.”
The teams were knotted at 0-0 through halftime, but Miami dominated the first 45 minutes, edging the Eagles 11-2 in shots.
FGCU got its best chance at the 34:13 mark when junior Olivia Elias collected a rebound from a free kick inside the box, but the ball soared just wide of the upper right hand corner.
The second half began with Miami continuing to control the field, taking seven shots in the opening 10 minutes of the second half. The pressure in the box paid off as Brittany Steinburch tallied Miami’s first goal in the 58th minute with a shot to the lower left post past junior keeper Stephanie Powers. Steinburch received the ball from Kelley Griffin to give the Hurricanes a 1-0 lead.
Just three minutes later, Jordan Roseboro was able to rebound a shot blocked by the Eagles’ defense and put it in the back of the net to give the Hurricanes a two-goal, 2-0, advantage.
Steinburch struck again as she increased Miami’s lead to 3-0 at the 61:57 mark, just 40 seconds after the second goal. She fielded a turnover inside the penalty box and shot it past a diving Powers.
Junior Brittany Burt had the opportunity to break the shutout in the 81st minute with a penalty kick, but Miami’s Vikki Alonzo made her only save of the night, diving to the right side to block the shot.
The Eagles had another penalty kick in at 87:34 and this time came up with a goal as junior Amanda Goble shot opposite the out-stretched keeper.
For the game, the Hurricanes had a 28-6 advantage in shots and took seven corner kicks to the Eagles’ two. Powers had five saves.
The Eagles return home to host the Embassy Suites Kick-Off Classic on Friday, Sept. 3 and Sunday, Sept. 5. Miami and Arkansas face off in the opening game of the tournament on Friday at 4:30 p.m. while FGCU hosts Kent State at 7 p.m. at the FGCU Soccer Complex. Miami and Kent State open play on Sunday at 11 a.m. followed by FGCU versus Arkansas at 1 p.m.
Tickets for the 2010 Embassy Suites Kick-Off Classic can be purchased through the FGCU Ticket Office in Alico Arena either in person or by phone at (239) 590-7145. Tickets are also available at www.FGCUathletics.com/tickets. All Tournament passes, valid for all games during the tournament, will be $10 for adults and $5 for youth (ages 3-18). Admission for FGCU faculty, staff, and students is free.