Immediate Release: November 5, 2004
"We knew what we had to do and we did it," head coach Jeff Leightman said. "Victories at this time of the year are all about having a championship mentality. We wanted it more out there today and it's been that way the whole year. We made a commitment to get the job done and now we are just one win away from the NCAA Tournament. I am so proud of our kids."
With game-time temperatures dropping in the low 40s and a strong wind and periodic hail present, the teams competed on Binghamton's practice field, as the adjacent game field had taken too much punishment with recent play and rain.
The Bearcats wasted no time asserting themselves, as sophomore midfielder Kelly Burnham (Endicott, N.Y.) ripped a 16-yard shot through a maze of players into the far corner just 5:30 into the contest for an early 1-0 lead. Moments earlier, senior midfielder Deli Plourde (Clifton Park, N.Y.) hit the post from point-blank range.
Binghamton carried the 1-0 lead into halftime and then extended it 3:26 into the second half when senior forward Tatiana Mathelier (Pomona, N.Y.) netted her team-high eighth goal of the season. Mathelier took a pass from senior midfielder Caitlin O'Shaughnessy (Stony Point, N.Y.) and lofted a shot over Huskies keeper Mariel Wilner for a 2-0 margin.
White (Haddon Township, N.J.) completed the scoring with
just 2:32 remaining. White took a pass from Plourde and sidestepped
a rushing Wilner before depositing the ball into the net.
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