The Hurricanes used a strong start to take a commanding lead and hold off the Lynn Fighting Knights 2-1 in a exhibition opener for both teams. The Fighting Knights used a goal by midfielder Laura Stoumann with :11 seconds remaning in the game to make the final outcome look respectable.
Despite looking sluggish and tired at times during the match after setting the pace early with crisp passing and pressure defense, UM head coach Jim Blankenship was impressed with his team's inaugural performance.
"I was extremely pleased with our performance," Blankenship said. "I saw some very impressive things. I think we have a lot to build on for the season."
After letting Lynn get off a shot on goal that sailed wide right of the post, the Hurricanes quickly advanced the ball into their opponent's zone. And they took advantage of it. UM sophomore forward Vonda Matthews took a pass from freshman Britney Butcher and sent it pass Lynn goalkeeper Sarah Reed to give the Hurricanes a 1-0 lead at 8:34 of the first half.
Miami added their second goal of the night at 23:54 of the first half when senior Alexis MacKenzie took another assist from Butcher.
Butcher, a freshman midfielder out of Bothell, WA, displayed impressive passing skills and the ability to get pass the Fight Knights defenders. Butcher had both assists of the evening for the Hurricanes.
Miami put plenty of pressure on Reed with 26 shots, including 11 shots on goal. The Canes had five corner kicks as opposed to one for Lynn. The Hurricanes limited Lynn to just four shots on goal.
UM freshman goalkeeper Jennifer Becker, who was in goal for the entire match, had three saves. Miami goalkeepers Liz Swinson and Rachel Elsby missed the game with injuries.
Senior forward Jenny Sanchez is out for the year with a torn ACL and Nicole Safran is out indefinitely with two broken feet.
Canes hold off Lynn 2-1 in exhibition
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