NCAA Soccer

Miami Hurricanes soccer splits matches in Tennessee with loss to Vanderbilt and win over Lipscomb

Miami Hurricanes soccer goalkeeper Phallon Tullis-Joyce is unable to stop a header attempt from Vanderbilt's Myra Conte in the Music City Invitational on Aug. 23, 2018. Photo courtesy Vanderbilt athletics.

It seemed like the dream start for Miami Hurricanes soccer on Thursday evening at the Music City Invitational in Nashville. Three minutes in, Gudrun Haralz worked past Vanderbilt goalkeeper Lauren Demarchi to put the Hurricanes up 1-0.

But a late capitulation to the Commodores left the Hurricanes down 2-1. A tight 1-0 victory over Lipscomb on Sunday was a nice consolation, but Miami Hurricanes soccer head coach Sarah Barnes and company must wonder what might have been.

After successes of 2017, No. 20 FIU men’s soccer seeks to go even further in 2018

The FIU men's soccer team celebrates its victory over Omaha in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at FIU Soccer Stadium in University Park on Nov. 16, 2017. Photo courtesy FIU.

In 2017, FIU men’s soccer had one of its most successful seasons since its run to the College Cup final in 1996. During his first season at the helm, head coach Kevin Nylen guided the Panthers to a long unbeaten streak at the start of the season, capped off with an NCAA Tournament appearance and victory before being eliminated at the hands of Duke in the second round.

In 2018, some seniors have departed, but a significant part of that team returns with even higher expectations.

No. 8 FIU men’s soccer remains undefeated, beats Old Dominion

FIU men's soccer players visit fans after defeating Old Dominion on Oct. 25, 2017. Courtesy AJ Ricketts (Twitter/@AJRicketts)

It has been a season of consequence for the FIU men’s soccer team. A two-time champion at the Division II level and a national runner-up in Division I in 1996, the program does know success. However, not since the mid-1990s has FIU reached the heights it’s reaching in 2017.

Earlier this week, the program was ranked No. 8 in the NCAA’s latest United Soccer Coaches top 25 poll. It is the highest raking for the program since the conclusion of the 1996 season. The team didn’t rest on its laurels, taking the field and defeating conference rival Old Dominion 3-1 to remain unbeaten on the season.