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Walsh, Martin lead women’s soccer to victory
August 29, 2011Tweet
Binghamton women’s soccer snapped a scoreless tie with two second-half goals and shut out visiting St. Joseph’s, 2-0, on Aug. 26, in front of 567 fans at the Bearcats Sports Complex.
Junior midfielder Brittany Walsh completed a pretty passing play in the 54th minute by blasting a right-footed shot past the Hawks keeper for the first goal. Senior midfielder Taylor Kucharski took a toe pass in traffic from senior forward AnnMarie Rizzi and one-timed a through ball to an overlapping Walsh, who buried a hard shot to the right side of the net for her first tally of the season.
Then with 3:18 remaining in the game, junior forward Candice Rowland sent a diagonal ball inside the box, where a streaking Kaitlyn Martin beat the rushing keeper to the ball and cut it back into the empty net from 16 yards out on the right. It was Rowland’s second assist in as many games and Martin’s first collegiate goal.
“We’ve been working on getting the ball forward and being more dangerous going straight to goal,” head coach Sarah McClellan said of her team’s improved attack. “It was a great effort by the whole team tonight. We hung together and stayed connected. We used a lot of players and everyone contributed. I couldn’t be more proud.”
Sophomore keeper Carrie Martin made two saves for her second shutout of the season.
On Aug. 28, the Bearcats surrendered the game’s lone goal 4:17 into the first overtime and dropped a tough 1-0 decision to host St. Bonaventure. The defeat - Binghamton’s second 1-0 overtime setback of the young season - snapped the team’s two-game win streak.
St. Bonaventure, which owned a 24-14 shots advantage, was awarded a free kick in its attacking end and senior defender Kaitlin Krisko headed in the winner. The ball caromed off the crossbar and the officials ruled it had landed over the goal line for the game-winner.
The Bearcats registered nine shots in the first half but were outshot 17-5 the remainder of the game.
Martin made 11 saves, including several acrobatic diving stops to keep the game scoreless through regulation.