Courtesy: Ilya Pinchuk (Moscow, Idaho)
|Soccer has late slip at UM|
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – University of Idaho soccer played the Miami Hurricanes to a scoreless halftime draw, but gave up a quick swing early in the second half and couldn’t recover in a 3-0 non-conference loss.
Idaho (2-5-0) surrendered a score at the 49:43 point when a free kick rattled around in the Vandal six-yard box and UM’s Amy Schmidt put it in. Just moments later, a Vandal giveaway led to a quick Hurricane counter and Miami (4-2-1) headed in a cross at 50:21 to go up by two scores in a matter of just 38 seconds.
“It was a disappointing 40 seconds of the game,” Idaho head coach Peter Showler said. “We didn’t clear our lines from a free kick and then not 40 seconds later, we didn’t take care of what we needed to and got punished for it.
“Against a team of this quality, you can’t give them those half-chances, because they’ll bury them – there’s a reason they’re a top-30 team.”
The Vandal women limited Miami, the 30th-ranked team in the country, to fewer chances in the latter part of the half until another counter attack gave the Hurricanes their third score with just over three minutes remaining in the match.
Overall, Miami outshot Idaho 22-5, while on-target attempts were a more modest 9-2 edge for the Hurricanes. Idaho gave up nine corners and earned just one of their own. Miami committed 11 fouls, while Idaho had 10 and two yellow cards in the contest.
Showler said that despite the loss, he was very proud of the way the team battled in its first match against an Atlantic Coast Conference opponent.
“Two breakaways early got us on the hop, and once we gained our composure, we competed with them,” Showler said. “I can’t fault the work ethic and the intensity of the girls’ performance. We were playing a quicker, faster, stronger team, and eventually it was going to give, but we learned a lot from today.
“I was very proud of them, because 45 minutes in, our intensity matched theirs. We were fortunate not to be down a couple goals early on, but we got back up, dusted ourselves off and went right back at them.”
Vandal goalkeeper Liz Boyden made six saves in 90 minutes and in doing so, became Idaho’s career leader in saves at 307. The fifth-year senior is now Idaho’s all-time program leader in games played and started among goalkeepers, as well as total saves, wins, shutouts and goals-against average.
Friday’s game was the first in Idaho program history in the state if Florida and is the farthest east the team has ever traveled. The road gets no easier for the Vandal women on Sunday, when they face 2011 NCAA Tournament participant and Sun Belt Conference favorite Florida International.
“If we come out with the intensity, drive and determination we showed today, we’ll compete,” Showler said. “If we do that on Sunday, we’ll put ourselves in with a chance. If you work hard and compete, you’ve got every opportunity to win.”
Sunday’s match at FIU kicks off at 3 p.m. (PT). Just as Friday’s match was Idaho’s first against Miami, Sunday will be the first time the Vandals play the Golden Panthers.