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Women’s soccer pushes past New Hampshire 1-0 to advance
Kucharski's quick goal stands up as winner, sends BU into semifinals
October 27, 2011Tweet
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VESTAL, N.Y.—Senior midfielder Taylor Kucharski scored 2:22 into the game and Binghamton women’s soccer (7-9-1) made it stand up as it knocked off host New Hampshire (5-12-2) 1-0 in an America East quarterfinal game Thursday afternoon from rainy Bremner Field. The victory, BU’s third straight, sends the No. 5 seeded Bearcats into the semifinals, where they will draw top-seeded Boston University. The semifinal will be played at 1 p.m. Sunday at Boston’s Nickerson Field. It marks the sixth time in eight years Binghamton has reached the conference tournament semifinals.
Kucharski’s quick strike came after a long free kick by freshman defender Connir Gormley was punched away by New Hampshire keeper Erica Correa. Kucharski pounced on the rebound and deposited her left-footed shot into the lower right corner for her second goal of the season.
“We came out and got off to a great start today,” head coach Sarah McClellan said. “Taylor scored a good goal and then we battled for a full 90 minutes, holding that 1-0 lead. I thought we had a really great work rate and team effort to hold on for the shutout as New Hampshire was throwing numbers forward. I’m proud of our performance today and we’re looking forward to continuing on in the tournament.”
The win was a measure of revenge for BU, which suffered a 2-1 loss to UNH in the regular season (Oct. 21) when a penalty kick awarded to the host Wildcats was the difference.
New Hampshire held a 12-6 lead in shots. Each team had five shots in the first half before the Bearcats played conservatively with the lead in the second frame. Sophomore keeper Carrie Martin made six saves for her seventh solo shutout of the season.
The Bearcats improved to 5-3-4 all-time in America East Championship play, including a 2-0-1 mark against New Hampshire.