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Women’s soccer beats Siena 2-1 in overtime

Furminger nets game-winner 46 seconds into OT; BU lifts record to 4-1

September 7, 2012

Women’s soccer beats Siena 2-1 in overtime

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VESTAL, N.Y.—Senior forward Sarah Furminger ripped a 15-yard shot from a sharp angle on the right just 46 seconds into overtime to give Binghamton women’s soccer (4-1) a dramatic 2-1 win over visiting Siena (0-4) in the opening game of a soccer doubleheader Friday night from the Bearcats Sports Complex.

Furminger took a through ball from classmate Brittany Walsh and struck a right-footed blast that sailed over the Saints keeper and into the upper left netting. It was her team-high fourth goal of the season.

“That was a gut-check for us,” head coach Sarah McClellan said after the celebration. “The players deserved this ... the way they battled and came from behind. What a great goal by Sarah to end it. All it takes is one chance for her to score.”

The teams traded first-half goals with the visitors opening the scoring in the 13th minute on a header off a free kick from the left side.

Binghamton answered in the 35th minute when freshman midfielder Katie Corcoran scored her first collegiate goal. Corcoran entered the game less than a minute before taking advantage of a pretty passing sequence between four different Bearcats. Junior back Liz Cusato began the play by intercepting a ball near midfield. She touched it to Corcoran in the middle, who quickly fed junior Conor O’Brien. Senior Jamie Holliday took a feed from O’Brien and found Cusato continuing an overlapping run down the right side. Cusato sent a high cross near the far post where Corcoran leaped to head it back across the crease and into the left netting.

After a sluggish first half that did include a pair of good scoring chances from Holliday down the left side, Binghamton owned a 10-3 shots advantage the rest of the way.

“We did a better job in the second half,” McClellan said. “Siena did a nice job moving the ball in the first half and we weren’t settled. But we continued to battle. This was a mental victory tonight.”

Junior keepers Carrie Martin and Stephanie Speirs split duties in goal, continuing the same pattern as the previous four games. Martin played the first half and made two saves and Speirs handled the second half and overtime segment and made one save.

Binghamton continues its four-game homestand when Cornell comes to the Sports Complex on Wednesday night. 

The win was BU’s second one-goal victory of the young season after losing nine games by the narrow margin in 2011… The 4-1 start equals the best start since the 2008 season - McClellan’s first season as head coach… Binghamton’s offense has produced 10 goals in five games after needing 14 games to reach double-digit scoring last season.

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