It looked as if Miami was heading to overtime for the fourth time this season. Redshirt sophomore Jackie Koerwitz had other plans.
Each team entered halftime without a goal scored, until a 51st minute goal broke the stalemate at Cobb Stadium. Pittsburgh (8-3, 1-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) relied on seven shots on goal to sink Miami (3-6, 0-3 ACC) for a fourth straight loss on Sunday.
Miami stood seven minutes from a one-goal win to begin Atlantic Coast Conference competition on Friday, but instead allowed two late goals in a devastating 3-2 defeat against Louisville in 105 minutes of play.
The Miami Hurricanes (3-3) faced their third loss of the season, falling 1-0 to the University of South Florida Bulls (4-2-1) Sunday afternoon at Cobb Stadium.
Miami head coach Sarah Barnes continued to experiment with the starting lineup on Thursday, starting freshman Lauren Meeks for the first time. The fourth-year coach wants to achieve a balance between the veterans and young players on the field.
Four days after a golden goal lifted Miami over archnemesis Florida, the Hurricanes once again found themselves in a war of attrition.
Following a yellow card issued to Florida defender Anna DeLeon, the Hurricanes (2-1) capitalized on their final golden opportunity. Shell darted downfield toward the penalty mark and netted a 99th minute goal into the bottom left corner to deliver UM its first win over Florida since 2012.
“I think the last 20 minutes of the game you saw a lot of urgency, and for 70 minutes we lacked that,” Barnes said. “I didn’t feel like we were relentless tonight, I thought we were a little bit reactive.”
Sophomore midfielder Katerina Molina scored the game-winning goal in the second half, junior goalkeeper Melissa Dagenais registered two late saves and Miami outlasted Florida Atlantic, 1-0, on Sunday.
“I think we created a number of chances that were inches from being a different outcome for sure,” Miami head coach Sarah Barnes said.
Scoring the most goals of the season with four on Sunday night, the Miami Hurricanes defeated the Florida International Panthers 4-0 for its first win of the 2020-21 season at Cobb Stadium.
The Miami Hurricanes lost to the Syracuse Orange 1-0 in their second to last match of the 2020 season on Thursday night. The loss marked the seventh time Miami (0-8, 0-7 ACC) has not scored a goal this year as the team has yet to win.