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Undefeated Hartford rides first half goal to 1-0 win over women’s soccer
BU controls second half but can't net equalizer against Hawks
September 29, 2011
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VESTAL, N.Y.—Junior forward Caitlin Alves scored a point-blank goal in the 19th minute and visiting Hartford (9-0-2, 2-0 AE) held on for a 1-0 win over Binghamton women’s soccer (4-6, 1-1 AE) Thursday night from the Bearcats Sports Complex.
The Hawks, ranked sixth in the Northeast, remained unbeaten despite being outshot 9-3 in the second half. The Bearcats controlled possession throughout the final 45 minutes but couldn’t net the equalizer and instead suffered the team’s sixth 1-0 loss of the season. No opponent has scored more than one goal against Binghamton.
“We played a little scared in the first half and I thought we got a little rattled early on leading up to their goal,” head coach Sarah McClellan said in reference to her team’s sluggish first half. “We did a great job in the second half. I know the girls aren’t happy right now ... we could’ve done better. We just have to focus on our next game and be ready for Stony Brook on Sunday.”
Alves was the recipient of a crisp cross from senior linemate Mary Beth Hamilton just 18:17 into the contest. Hamilton tracked down a ball down the left side and cut a ball back onto the foot of Alves, who was unmarked just eight yards out. Alves slotted a ball into the lower left corner for her fifth goal of the season.
Binghamton picked up its play in the second half and nearly tied it in the 60th minute when freshman back Connie Gormley drilled a 50-yard free kick that skimmed through a maze of players near the goal. Hawks sophomore keeper Erin Quinlan had to dive to her right to make a great save. Quinlan recorded eight stops for her eighth shutout of the season.
The Bearcats were pressing in the final 15 minutes and had several dangerous corner kicks and possessions inside the box but couldn’t knot the score.
Sophomore keeper Carrie Martin made six saves for Binghamton, which owned a 14-9 shots advantage.
Senior forward AnnMarie Rizzi and Hartford senior defender Michele DeSanti were named the America East Players of the Game.
Binghamton hosts Stony Brook at 1 p.m. on Sunday.