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O’Brien named America East Women’s Soccer Player of Week

October 24, 2011


O’Brien named America East Women’s Soccer Player of Week

America East release

Contact: John Hartrick (hartrick@binghamton.edu)

VESTAL, N.Y.—Binghamton women’s soccer player Conor O’Brien has been named the America East co-Player of the Week, the conference announced Tuesday.  O’Brien is the first Bearcat to earn the top player honors this season. 

O’Brien scored her first two collegiate goals to help the Bearcats win back-to-back games and qualify for the America East tournament.  Off the bench, she turned into “instant offense,” netting quick goals against Vermont and UMBC. Less than one minute after entering the game late in the first half in Thursday night’s game against Vermont, O’Brien ran to the far post and knocked in a cross from teammate Sarah Furminger to double the Bearcats’ advantage.  Then three days later, O’Brien was in the game for three minutes late in the first half when she pounced on a loose ball just inside the box and drilled a shot into the lower corner to give Binghamton a 2-0 cushion in its must-win game against UMBC. She had played in just six games all season prior to the Vermont game and earned 43 minutes of action in that game and then registered 53 minutes of playing time against UMBC.

“Conor has been our super sub,” head coach Sarah McClellan said.  “She has done a tremendous job coming in and adding a spark and scoring some big goals for us of late. She is the ultimate team player and well deserving of this recognition.”

With the strong finish, the Bearcats (6-9-1) snared the No. 5 seed for the upcoming America East tournament and will face No. 4 New Hampshire in a Thursday quarterfinal.  Kick-off is slated for 1 p.m. in Durham.  The winner gets five-time regular season champion and nationally 16th-ranked Boston University on Sunday.

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