Immediate Release: October 27, 2006
WEST HARTFORD, Conn. - Fifth-seeded New Hampshire (6-10-1) scored on its first three penalty kick attempts and advanced to the America East semifinals over fourth-seeded Binghamton (7-8-3) Friday afternoon at Hartford's Al-Marzook Field. The teams played to a 0-0 tie through regulation and two overtimes before the Wildcats won the tiebreaking shootout 4-2. It is the second straight year that the Bearcats have been eliminated from the conference tournament on penalty kicks.
"It's heartbreaking," head coach Jeff Leightman said. "It's just a shame we didn't have the bounces go our way, but congratulations to New Hampshire ... they were able to pull through. I'm incredibly proud of our team. We finished the season playing so strong. I couldn't have asked for anything else today except obviously a goal. I felt we had the game in hand. We had so many scrambles right in front of the goal but couldn't get enough shots on the frame. Losing two years in a row on penalty kicks is frustrating. It's a terrible way to win or lose."
The Bearcats outshot New Hampshire 18-12 and hit the crossbar three times - the final of which came with just over one minute remaining in regulation.
In the shootout, UNH scored on its first three attempts and BU misfired on two of its first three shots. The Wildcats ended the competition with a make on their fifth attempt.
her final collegiate game, senior goalkeeper Kristie
Bowers (Rochester, N.Y.) made six saves to notch her seventh
shutout of the season.
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