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Women’s soccer blanks Niagara 1-0

Furminger nets game-winner in 56th minute; BU improves to 2-0

August 21, 2012


Women’s soccer blanks Niagara 1-0

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Contact: John Hartrick (hartrick@binghamton.edu)

NIAGARA, N.Y.—Senior forward Sarah Furminger drilled a 15-yard shot to the far left corner in the 56th minute to give Binghamton women’s soccer (2-0) a 1-0 road win over Niagara Tuesday night. With the win, BU is off to a 2-0 start for the first time since the 2004 campaign.

After hard pressure and a turnover caused by senior striker Jamie Holliday, senior Kerry Sullivan got to a 50/50 ball and pushed a short pass into the clear on the right, where an onrushing Furminger gave it a touch and then ripped her deciding shot.

Junior Carrie Martin made two saves to preserve the shutout - the team’s second straight to begin the season. One of Martin’s big saves came in the 63rd minute when she got a hand on a blast from just outside the box and sprawled to tip it over the crossbar.

“Niagara was a good test for us and it was a satisfying result after a tough, long road trip,” coach Sarah McClellan said. “I thought we had a great mentality, battled a full 90 minutes and though it wasn’t one of our prettiest games from a technical standpoint, we had some great teamwork and good fight for 90 minutes. I was so pleased with our work rate and focus and we scored a great goal that came directly from pressuring the ball. Carrie (Martin) also made an outstanding save to keep it at 1-0 and get our second shutout.”

Binghamton held a 15-14 edge in shots.

The Bearcats improved to 5-1 all-time against Niagara, who finished second in the MAAC last fall.

Binghamton next plays at St. Joseph’s on Friday night.

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