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Women’s soccer season ends with 2-1 loss to Boston University in semifinals

Bearcats battle 14th-ranked Terriers to wire in narrow loss

October 29, 2011

Women’s soccer season ends with 2-1 loss to Boston University in semifinals

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America East Championship Central

BOSTON—Binghamton women’s soccer (7-10-1) saw its season come to a close with a hard-fought 2-1 loss to 14th-ranked and top-seeded Boston University in the America East semifinals Sunday afternoon from Nickerson Field.  After losing 4-1 to the four-time reigning conference champions in the regular season, Binghamton put up a much stiffer test on Sunday, keeping within striking distance of the host Terriers (17-2-1) all game long. 

Boston built a 2-0 halftime lead with goals in the 18th and 37th minutes.  The Bearcats cut their deficit in half in the 65th minute when junior forward Sarah Furminger took a feed from senior midfielder Mary DeWitte and beat the keeper for her second tally of the season.  But Binghamton couldn’t notch the equalizer and Boston will advance and host the title game next weekend.

“It’s always a tough way to end the season (with a loss in the playoffs) but I’m proud of the team and our senior class for a strong finish to the season and a great game today,”: head coach Sarah McClellan said.  “We gave up two soft goals in the first half but overall our team organization was excellent in the first half.  In the second half we did a great job pressing and I thouhgt we had some pretty good stretches of play where we controlled the ball and pushed forward.  After Sarah (Furminger) scored we were knocking at the door with about 15 minutes left and had several really good chances.”

Sophomore keeper Stephanie Speirs entered the game in the second half and kept Boston at bay with five saves.  Classmate Carrie Martin recorded two saves in the opening frame.  Boston built a 21-5 shots advantage.

The loss ended a strong late-season run by the Bearcats, who were on the brink of elimination before revving up their offense in late October.  After being blanked five times in a six-game span midseason, BU struck for eight goals in its last five games and won three games in a row.  Of the team’s 10 defeats, nine were by the slimmest of margins and seven were 1-0 setbacks.  Only two teams scored more than one goal against the Bearcats all season - Boston and New Hampshire. 

The semifinal berth was Binghamton’s sixth in the last eight years and the postseason berth was the program’s seventh in that same time period.  McClellan will return seven starters and 19 letterwinners for the 2012 campaign.

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