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Taylor Kucharski's early goal was the difference in Binghamton's 1-0 victory over New Hampshire on Oct. 27 in the America East tournament.
Photo by Jonathan Cohen
Bearcats advance to America East semifinals
October 28, 2011Tweet
Senior midfielder Taylor Kucharski scored 2:22 into the game and Binghamton women’s soccer (7-9-1) made it stand up as it knocked off host New Hampshire (5-12-2), 1-0, in an America East quarterfinal game Thursday afternoon from rainy Bremner Field.
The victory, Binghamton’s third straight, sends the No. 5 seeded Bearcats into the semifinals, where they will draw top-seeded Boston University. The semifinal will be played at 1 p.m. Sunday at Boston’s Nickerson Field. It marks the sixth time in eight years Binghamton has reached the conference tournament semifinals.
Kucharski’s quick strike came after a cross was punched away by New Hampshire keeper Erica Correa. Kucharski pounced on the rebound and deposited her shot into the lower right corner for her second goal of the season.
“We came out and got off to a great start today,” head coach Sarah McClellan said. “Taylor scored a good goal and then we battled for a full 90 minutes, holding that 1-0 lead. I thought we had a really great work rate and team effort to hold on for the shutout as New Hampshire was throwing numbers forward. I’m proud of our performance today and we’re looking forward to continuing on in the tournament.”
The win was a measure of revenge for Binghamton, which suffered a 2-1 loss to UNH on Oct. 21, when a penalty kick awarded to the host Wildcats was the difference.
New Hampshire held a 12-6 lead in shots. Each team had five shots in the first half before the Bearcats played conservatively with the lead in the second frame. Sophomore keeper Carrie Martin made six saves for her seventh solo shutout of the season.