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For Immediate Release: October 16, 2006
Contact: John Hartrick (hartrick@binghamton.edu)
Phone: 607-777-6800

BU women's soccer goalie Bowers named America East Player of Week

VESTAL, N.Y. -- Binghamton University senior women's soccer keeper Kristie Bowers (Rochester, N.Y.) has been honored as the America East Player of the Week, the conference announced Monday. Bowers is the first BU player to earn the league honor this season.

Bowers led the Bearcats to a pair of wins last week - a 3-0 victory at UMBC and a 1-0 triumph over Maine Sunday at West Gym field. She posted back-to-back shutouts and now has six solo shutouts this season. Along the way, Bowers broke the program's career saves record, previously held by Hall of Fame keeper Melissa Cohen (369 saves from 1986-89). Bowers currently has 377 career saves.

"Kristie's been playing great," head coach Jeff Leightman said. "Early in the season we weren't playing very well in front of her but since we've come on and made a commitment to team defending, she's been so solid. The last couple of games she's made the big saves that have made the difference. That's what you need from a keeper ... you want one or two big saves a game that will give your team a chance to win. Kristie's doing that and has actually has done it her whole career."

The Bearcats have won four of their last five games to strengthen their America East playoff position. The team concludes their regular season Thursday night at Hartford.

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