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Senior midfielder Brittany Walsh scored the first of the Bearcats' three goals in a victory over Bucknell on Aug. 17.
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Women’s soccer opens season with two shutouts
August 23, 2012Tweet
Senior forward Sarah Furminger drilled a 15-yard shot to the far left corner in the 56th minute to give Binghamton women’s soccer a 1-0 road victory over Niagara on Aug. 21. With the win, Binghamton is off to a 2-0 start for the first time since the 2004 campaign.
After hard pressure and a turnover caused by senior striker Jamie Holliday, senior Kerry Sullivan got to a 50/50 ball and pushed a short pass into the clear on the right, where an onrushing Furminger gave it a touch and then ripped her deciding shot.
Junior Carrie Martin made two saves to preserve the shutout—the team’s second straight to begin the season. One of Martin’s big saves came in the 63rd minute when she got a hand on a blast from just outside the box and sprawled to tip it over the crossbar.
“Niagara was a good test for us and it was a satisfying result after a tough, long road trip,” coach Sarah McClellan said. “I thought we had a great mentality, battled a full 90 minutes and though it wasn’t one of our prettiest games from a technical standpoint, we had some great teamwork and good fight for 90 minutes. I was so pleased with our work rate and focus and we scored a great goal that came directly from pressuring the ball. Carrie (Martin) also made an outstanding save to keep it at 1-0 and get our second shutout.”
On Aug. 17, the Bearcats kicked off the 2012 season on the right foot, beating host Bucknell, 3-0, at Emmitt Field. Led by a diverse attack that saw three different goal-scorers, Binghamton was just as impressive on defense, picking up where they left off a season ago with the shutout.
“We are very pleased and excited to get the first win of the season,” McClellan said. “It’s always nice to get the shutout and victory, but most importantly we were able to shake off some of the nerves and score three excellent goals that were a result of some great build-up.”
The Bearcats pushed ahead thanks to a quick goal from senior midfielder Brittany Walsh at the 12:37 mark in the first half. Furminger helped generate the score, slipping a pass to Walsh who fired an accurate shot inside the left post 18 yards out and in the process gave the visiting squad the early 1-0 cushion. For Walsh, this marks the third time in her career that she has found the back of the net.
Binghamton controlled the tempo in the opening 45 minutes, generating a pair of corners and shots on frame. Martin made two saves, leaving Binghamton with a promising 1-0 lead at intermission.
Binghamton started the second half a bit on their heels as the Bisons threatened from the jump. Bucknell sent three shots just off target and induced a save from Martin. With the momentum somewhat shifting in Bucknell’s favor, Binghamton built up a solid response in the form of a goal scored by Emily Pape in the 61st minute. Pape made an excellent weak-side run inside the six-yard box and was found by Holliday’s cutting pass.
Just 16 minutes later, it was Conor O’Brien who provided the tally, drilling the ball off the cross bar and over the line for the 3-0 lead. Holliday sent a diagonal ball through to a cutting O’Brien, who would not be denied as she scored from 10 yards out.
Despite being outshot 16-8, the Bearcats took advantage of their opportunities in front of the net, scoring three times—a feat they accomplished just twice last season. Both Martin and Stephanie Speirs helped maintain the clean sheet as they combined to make seven stops. A total of 21 players saw action, including three newcomers: Alyssa Vallar, Samantha Crane and Rebecca Raber, who all made their debuts for Binghamton.