Immediate Release: October 30, 2009
VESTAL, N.Y. - Binghamton women's soccer will make its sixth consecutive America East playoff appearance on Sunday when it hosts No. 3 Maine in the semifinals at the Bearcats Sports Complex. Head coach Sarah McClellan's squad, picked to finish fifth in the Coaches' Preseason Poll, instead went 6-2 to place second in the nine-team league. The Bearcats are seeded No. 2 in the field. The winner of the BU-Maine semifinal will meet either top-seeded Boston or fourth-seeded Stony Brook in the championship game.
Back on October 11, BU edged Maine 1-0 in Orono, despite being outshot 25-5. Freshman midfielder Emily Pape scored the game-winner in the 30th minute. The all-time series between the Bearcats and Black Bears is nearly even, with BU holding a 5-4-1 margin. The last time the teams met in the post season was back in the 2005 semifinals, when Maine advanced on penalty kicks after a scoreless draw.
Binghamton's starting lineup features five freshmen and seven underclassmen in all, a testament to McClellan's recruiting and the program's bright future. The 2009 season has already resulted in several noteworthy achievements:
overall wins (9) since 2005 team won 10 games
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