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Women’s soccer loses to Maine 2-0 in quarterfinals
Bearcats surrender two goals in opening 13 minutes, see season come to end
October 31, 2013Tweet
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ORONO, Maine—Third-seeded and host Maine (9-5-4) scored twice in the game’s opening 13 minutes and brought Binghamton’s season to a close with a 2-0 win in the America East women’s soccer quarterfinals, played Thursday afternoon at Alumni Field. Playing postseason for the eighth time in the last 10 years, the sixth-seeded Bearcats (8-8-2) elevated their game in the second half but couldn’t dig out of the early hole.
Maine scored just five minutes into the contest when Eve L’Abbe’s long shot from 35 yards out found the top netting. The Black Bears doubled their lead less than eight minutes later when Jordan Pellerin headed in a bouncing ball after a corner kick.
“It’s certainly a tough way to end the season when we didn’t have our best day today,” head coach Sarah McClellan said. “But after giving up two early goals, I thought we showed a lot of effort and heart in the second half. I felt we competed well over the final 45 minutes but we just weren’t able to play that way in the first half. This team has done a good job all season with their work rate and belief in getting to the playoffs and I’m proud of their determination.”
After falling behind early, BU was hoping to duplicate its comeback over Maine from the exact same scenario less than three weeks ago. On October 13 in Orono, BU spotted the Black Bears two quick goals before roaring back for an improbable 3-2 win - a win that ultimately proved pivotal in securing a postseason berth. But this time around, the quick goals seemed to deflate the Bearcats, who struggled to generate consistent possession and scoring opportunities.
Maine wound up with an 11-10 edge in shots.
Junior keeper Gaby Gold recorded four saves.
Junior center back Connie Gormley was selected as the team’s representative on the All-Championship Team. Gormley, a second-team all-conference selection, capped her stellar season with the postseason honors.