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BU women’s soccer powers past Maine 3-0 in conference opener
Bearcats score twice in 2:12 span in second half to pull away
September 25, 2011Tweet
ORONO, Maine.—Senior midfielder Taylor Kucharski tallied a goal and an assist to lead Binghamton women’s soccer (4-5, 1-0 AE) to a 3-0 win over Maine (3-4-1, 0-1 AE) in the America East opener for both teams Sunday afternoon from Alumni Field. The Bearcats scored twice in a 2:12 span midway through the second half to pull away.
Kucharski set up the first goal just 15:17 into the contest. She fed junior forward Jamie Holliday with a thru ball behind the Maine defense and Holliday converted for her first goal of the season.
Then in the 68th minute of the contest, Kucharski knocked in a loose ball to make it 2-0. Freshman center back Connie Gormley completed the scoring just 2:12 later, drilling in a direct kick for her first collegiate goal. Gormley also anchored a back line that registered the team’s fourth shutout of the young season.
Sophomore keeper Carrie Martin made x saves for BU, which outshot its hosts 11-7.
“What a great way to start off the conference season with a shutout win on the road,” head coach Sarah McClellan said. “We competed very well in the second half and were able to manage the pressure they threw at us and put it away with the two goals.”
The three points awarded for the win could wind up being pivotal for the Bearcats, who missed a playoff berth by just one point in 2010.
Binghamton hosts Hartford Thursday night at the Bearcats Sports Complex.
The three-goal margin of victory represented BU’s highest in conference play since a 3-0 win over UMBC in 2006. The Bearcats pushed their unbeaten streak against Maine to four games and are 7-3-2 in the all-time series… Maine was picked to finish third in the America East Coaches’ Preseason Poll. Binghamton was picked seventh.