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Sarah Furminger scored the game-winning goal in overtime against Siena on Sept. 7.
Photo by Jonathan Cohen
Women’s soccer beats Siena in OT
September 10, 2012Tweet
Senior forward Sarah Furminger ripped a 15-yard shot from a sharp angle on the right just 46 seconds into overtime to give Binghamton women’s soccer (4-1) a dramatic 2-1 win over visiting Siena (0-4) in the opening game of a soccer doubleheader Friday night from the Bearcats Sports Complex.
Furminger took a through ball from classmate Brittany Walsh and struck a right-footed blast that sailed over the Saints keeper and into the upper left netting. It was her team-high fourth goal of the season.
“That was a gut-check for us,” head coach Sarah McClellan said after the celebration. “The players deserved this ... the way they battled and came from behind. What a great goal by Sarah to end it. All it takes is one chance for her to score.”
The teams traded first-half goals with the visitors opening the scoring in the 13th minute on a header off a free kick from the left side.
Binghamton answered in the 35th minute when freshman midfielder Katie Corcoran scored her first collegiate goal. Corcoran entered the game less than a minute before taking advantage of a pretty passing sequence between four different Bearcats. Junior back Liz Cusato began the play by intercepting a ball near midfield. She touched it to Corcoran in the middle, who quickly fed junior Conor O’Brien. Senior Jamie Holliday took a feed from O’Brien and found Cusato continuing an overlapping run down the right side. Cusato sent a high cross near the far post where Corcoran leaped to head it back across the crease and into the left netting.
After a sluggish first half that did include a pair of good scoring chances from Holliday down the left side, Binghamton owned a 10-3 shots advantage the rest of the way.
“We did a better job in the second half,” McClellan said. “Siena did a nice job moving the ball in the first half and we weren’t settled. But we continued to battle. This was a mental victory tonight.”
Junior keepers Carrie Martin and Stephanie Speirs split duties in goal, continuing the same pattern as the previous four games. Martin played the first half and made two saves and Speirs handled the second half and overtime segment and made one save.
On Sept. 2, senior forward Holliday finished with a goal and two assists while Furminger scored twice, powering Binghamton to a 4-0 win over Lehigh in a non-conference women’s soccer game at the Bearcats Sports Complex.
The four goals represents the most scored by Binghamton since its 4-2 victory over Vermont on Oct. 4, 2007. Holliday’s four points ties her career high and her two assists represent her career high. Her first four-point effort came when she scored twice in a 3-1 victory over Temple on Sept. 18, 2009. Furminger, meanwhile, finished with two goals for the second time in her career. Her first two-goal outburst came in a 3-0 victory at Bucknell on Sept. 8, 2010.
“Today was a good step for us,” McClellan said. “I thought our attack was very dangerous and our defense was very solid. The timing of our runs was on today. We got some one-on-one’s against the goalkeepers. We know we have a lot of capable forwards so it was great to see the potential showing up today.”
Although Lehigh wound up with a 9-8 shot advantage, the Bearcats were able to take advantage of several passes that got behind the defense. In the 19th minute, senior midfielder Brittany Walsh fired a long ball to Holliday who got through the defense and was able to beat Lehigh goalkeeper Ashley Banks. It was Holliday’s first goal of the season.
Holliday and Furminger teamed up in the 57th minute to make it 2-0. This time Holliday was the player to deliver the ball past the defense and Furminger finished off the play for her second goal of the year. The Bearcats would strike again in the 75th minute to put Binghamton up 3-0.
Binghamton cleared the bench toward the end of the game but kept up the offensive pressure. Junior forward Sophia Sylla finished off a breakaway in the 84th minute for the final goal of the game.