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Shawn Burke earns 100th career win in soccer’s shutout over Miami

Burke is the fastest coach in program history to reach 100 wins

<p>Coach Burke gets a Powerade shower to celebrate 100 career wins | Paul Hokanson, UB Athletics</p>

Coach Burke gets a Powerade shower to celebrate 100 career wins | Paul Hokanson, UB Athletics

The UB women’s soccer team (5-2-3, 2-1 MAC) avenged last Sunday’s heartbreaking loss to Ohio with a decisive 2-0 victory over the Miami (OH) RedHawks (3-7-1, 0-3 MAC) Thursday night at home. 

The win marked the 100th career victory for UB head coach Shawn Burke. Burke is the fastest coach in program history to reach the century mark (180 games) and he ranks second in UB history in career wins.

Burke is currently in his 10th season at UB. In 2022, he led the Bulls to the second Mid-American Conference (MAC) title in program history and second NCAA Tournament appearance in program history. His record at UB stands at 100-52-28 (56-26-18 MAC).

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Coach Shawn Burke celebrates 100 career wins with the team | Paul Hokanson, UB Athletics

Adding extra value to Thursday's win, the game was dedicated to Alzheimer’s awareness, and Burke shared how much that meant to him. 

“For me personally, losing my dad to Alzheimer's and getting the milestone win on that night, and having my whole family here, I believe in that and the connection, and that makes it extra special,” Burke said. 

On the pitch, both goals were scored by UB’s current top scorer, sophomore midfielder Katie Krohn, pushing her to eight goals this season. She scored off of a counter attack and a corner kick, both in the first half. 

The game was defined by the Bulls’ dominance of possession as they wore down Miami’s defense. The RedHawks pushed higher in the early stages of both halves, but a strong performance from sophomore defender Ellie Simmons once again held down the defensive line for the Bulls, giving UB the shutout Thursday night. 

Buffalo continued to demonstrate its prolific offense throughout the game, finishing with 15 total shots (six on target) to Miami’s four (only two on target).

The Bulls will travel to Ypsilanti this Sunday to play the Eastern Michigan Eagles for their fourth MAC match. Kick off is set for 1 p.m.

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HENRY DALEY
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Henry Daley is an assistant sports editor at The Spectrum. His work has featured on other platforms such as Medium and Last Word on Sports. Outside of the newspaper, he enjoys running and watching sports (when he’s not writing about them). 

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