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Women’s soccer peppers St. Bona but falls 1-0

Bearcats pummel goal with 12 shots in second half but come up short

September 14, 2012

Women’s soccer peppers St. Bona but falls 1-0

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VESTAL, N.Y.—Visiting St. Bonaventure (1-6-1) netted the game’s lone goal in the 51st minute and held off Binghamton women’s soccer 1-0 Friday night at the Bearcats Sports Complex. The Bearcats (5-2) peppered the Bonnies’ defense with 17 shots, including 12 in the second half, but were unable to find the back of the net.

After a scoreless and somewhat sluggish first half from both sides, St. Bonaventure struck just 5:14 into the second period when freshman forward Abby Maiello raced down the left side and from a seemingly benign position near the end line, struck a far post ball that went in just under the crossbar. Maiello began her long run just on the attacking side of midfield and sidestepped two BU defenders before hitting a left-footer that rose above the outstretched hands of BU keeper Stephanie Speirs.

For the remainder of the game, BU put heavy pressure on the Bonnies trying to net the equalizer, but despite owning an 11-2 margin in shots over the final 38 minutes, couldn’t convert. Binghamton held a 17-7 shots advantage for the game.

“The last 20 minutes was encouraging to see how good we can be when we are pushing forward, going all out and working hard,” head coach Sarah McClellan said. “Unfortunately we took the first portion of the game for granted and didn’t wind up getting that equalizer. We need to play that way throughout the game and not wait until the other team scores. I thought we were a little bit unlucky but we can learn from this as we wrap up our non-conference games and get ourselves ready to compete and go hard once we hit conference play. I still feel good about where we are but we want to make sure we don’t take our talent for granted. We need to capitalize on what we can do on the field.”

St. Bonaventure keeper Megan Junker made five saves for her first shutout of the season.

Senior forwards Sarah Furminger, Jamie Holliday and Kerry Sullivan each had three shots with Sullivan gaining two of the best chances. Less than a minute into the second half, she ripped a 21-yard shot but like many BU strikes on this night, it made a beeline directly for the keeper. Six minutes after St. Bona took the lead, Sullivan was in the clear from 16 yards out after a nice build up from Furminger and Holliday but shot wide. In the 61st minutes, Sullivan fed a cross in front of the goal where sophomore midfielder Emily Nuss slide and just missed getting a foot on the ball.

Earlier in the first half, Furminger banked a low left-footed shot off the goalpost. She entered the game averaging a goal per game, which ranked ninth in the nation, but was held scoreless for the first time this season.

Freshman midfielder Katie Corcoran broke in alone on the left side with 14:14 remaining but her blast found the keeper’s body as well. Less than five minutes later, junior forward Kaitlyn Martin took a nice feed from Furminger and found herself alone inside the 18 but her shot was saved.

The Bearcats pushed to the closing whistle and inside 10 seconds left, junior midfielder Kaitlyn Cook sent a dangerous ball to the six-yard box before Junker beat a BU striker to the ball and snared it to snuff out the final threat.

Binghamton heads to NJ for a Sunday afternoon tilt with FDU. The Bearcats own a 6-2 all-time record against the Knights, including a 2-0 home win last season. Kick-off is slated for noon in Teaneck.

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