Immediate Release: September 7, 2005
LEWISBURG, Pa. - Sophomore defender Katie Kerrigan (Middletown, N.Y.) made the most of her debut on the attack, netting both the game-tying and game-winning goals in Binghamton's 3-2 overtime win over host Bucknell in a women's soccer game Wednesday evening.
Kerrigan, who has been a mainstay at wing back, was inserted up top midway through the game with the Bearcats (3-1-1) trailing 2-1. In the 81st minute, she banged home a rebound off a shot from sophomore midfielder Tricia Reed (Oswego, N.Y.) to tie the game and force overtime. Then just 1:30 into the sudden death period, Kerrigan headed in a cross from junior forward Danielle White (Haddon Township, N.J.) for the game-winner.
"It was a brilliant goal," head coach Jeff Leightman said of Kerrigan's winner. "Danielle took her girl on a 1-v-1 and served the ball to Katie, who drilled a header into the upper corner."
Kerrigan was moved up front in part because of an injury to sophomore starter Kim Povill (Massapequa, N.Y.). The Bearcats switched to a three-forward alignment and Kerrigan came through with her third and fourth career goals. Her determination up front impressed Leightman.
"Katie will do the things to sell out that others simply won't do," he said. "She kept running and was there for the rebound on the game-tying goal and then beat her mark to head in the winner."
Junior midfielder Kelly Burnham (Endicott, N.Y.) opened the scoring for the Bearcats just 2:29 into the contest when she took a pass from senior linemate Lauren Massey (Burlington, Ontario) and beat the keeper from close range. The Bison scored the equalizer less than four minutes later, however, and then went ahead on a breakaway goal in the 54th minute.
"We didn't play well in the first half ... it looked like we were asleep," Leightman said. "But we played much better in the second half. It's good to score some goals."
Junior keeper Kristie Bowers (Rochester, N.Y.), the reigning America East Player of the Week, made five saves in notching the victory.
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