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Women’s Soccer Blanks Bucknell 3-0 in Season Opener

Three different goal scorers back Binghamton's first win of season

August 17, 2012

Women’s Soccer Blanks Bucknell 3-0 in Season Opener

Box Score

LEWISBURG, Pa. –  The Binghamton University women’s soccer team kicked off the 2012 season on the right foot, beating host Bucknell 3-0 at Emmitt Field late Friday afternoon. 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,” head coach Sarah McClellan said afterwards. “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. Fellow senior Sarah 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 tempo in the opening 45 minutes, generating a pair of corners and shots on frame. Junior goalkeeper Carrie 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 from senior forward Jamie Holliday’s cutting pass that resulted in a calm finish from Pape.

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 emphatically from 10 yards out.

Despite being outshot 16-8, the Bearcats took advantage of their opportunities in front of 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 Friday, including three newcomers Alyssa Vallar, Samantha Crane and Rebecca Raber, who all made their debuts for Binghamton.

Next game is scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 21 at Niagara (7 p.m.). Binghamton’s last meeting against the Purple Eagles came back in 2009 and resulted in a 2-0 victory.

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