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Sophomore back Connie Gormley and the women's soccer team will open the 2012 season at Bucknell on Aug. 17. Gormley was a member of the America East All-Rookie Team and America East Honor Roll in 2011.
Photo by Jonathan Cohen
Women’s soccer team kicks off season Aug. 17
August 10, 2012Tweet
The Binghamton women’s soccer team’s 17-game slate begins with an away contest at Bucknell on Aug. 17.
The game against the Patriot-League member Bison kicks off a nine-game non-conference slate that features contests against teams from five different conferences. Binghamton is 2-0 all-time against Bucknell. The teams had to cancel last year’s meeting after devastating flooding hit Broome County.
After Bucknell, Binghamton continues its three-game road swing with games at 2011 MAAC regular-season runner-up Niagara (Aug. 21) and Atlantic-10 member St. Joseph’s (Aug. 24).
Binghamton welcomes Patriot League member Lehigh to the Bearcats Sports Complex for its home opener on Sept. 2 – the first of four straight at home.
In that two-week stretch, Binghamton will also host MAAC member Siena (Sept. 7), Ivy League-resident Cornell (Sept. 12) and Atlantic-10 member St. Bonaventure (Sept. 14). The Bearcats will look to reverse their fortunes against all four teams, who each posted 1-0 wins over Binghamton last fall. The Bonnies won nine games and finished fifth (out of 14) in the A-10 and along the way, posted an overtime win over Binghamton in Olean – one of three extra-time defeats for coach Sarah McClellan’s young 2011 squad.
After a road game at FDU on Sept. 16, the Bearcats face a tough test in their non-conference finale when they head to Poughkeepsie to battle reigning MAAC champion and NCAA entry Marist on Sept. 21. The Red Foxes won 13 games and were 7-1-1 in league play.
The eight-game America East slate begins with a challenging Sept. 23 road game against a Hartford team that won 13 games and finished second in the standings last fall. Binghamton plays home games against conference foes New Hampshire (Sept. 27), Albany (Oct. 4), Maine (Oct. 7) and Boston University (Oct. 14) with the Homecoming game against the five-time defending champion Terriers capping a string of four out of five games at the Complex. The Bearcats met Boston in the America East semifinals last year, pushing the 14th-ranked Terriers in a narrow 2-1 defeat.
When teams are battling for playoff position in the third week of October, Binghamton will hit the road for its final two regular-season games at UMBC (Oct. 18) and Vermont (Oct. 21). Binghamton used shutout wins at home over the Retrievers and Catamounts to close out the 2011 regular season and grab the No. 5 seed for the America East tournament.
The 2012 conference tournament begins with quarterfinal games on Oct. 25, and ends with the championship game on either Nov. 3 or 4. The America East champion receives an automatic berth into the NCAA tournament and the Bearcats are hoping to duplicate their crown from 2004.
“We are very excited for this 2012 fall schedule,” McClellan said. “It features a strong mix of competitive non-conference opponents which will help test and prepare our squad for America East conference play. We open up right away on the road which will force us to demonstrate a strong mentality in our play from the get-go.”