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Women's soccer falls to Buffalo 3-2 in double overtime
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BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The Bearcats women's soccer team (9-6-2) dropped a 3-2 decision to the Buffalo Bulls (7-7-5) in a non-conference match played Thursday night in Buffalo. The loss marks the fourth in the last five games for Binghamton, which closes its regular season on Sunday at America East leader New Hampshire.

Binghamton trailed the Bulls by scores of 1-0 and 2-1 and twice rallied to force the game into overtime. After Buffalo scored an early goal, BU knotted the score in the 40th minute when sophomore midfielder Caitlin O'Shaughnessy (Stony Point, N.Y./North Rockland) found teammate Tracy Kasmarcik (Binghamton, N.Y./Susquehanna Valley), who fired the ball to the back of the net. Trailing 2-1 midway through the second half, Kasmarcik scored her second goal of the game off a pass from Amanda Norman (Middletown, N.Y.) in the 64th minute.

The Bulls opened the scoring just over two minutes into the game when Emily Russell took a pass from teammate Meaghan Maul and beat Bearcat goalkeeper Lauren Cherry for a 1-0 lead. In the 51st minute, Elizabeth Pfeffer fed a pass to Natalia Crofut, who scored Buffalo's second goal of the game. The two teams battled through more than 17 minutes of scoreless ball in overtime before Pfeffer was awarded a penalty kick at the 107:22 mark. She then converted the goal for the final 3-2 margin.

Binghamton was outshot on the game 24-13, including 17-7 after halftime. However, senior goalkeeper Lauren Cherry (Wyncote, Pa./Cheltenham) kept the Bearcats close with a career-high 15 saves.

The Bearcats are among a group of teams still vying for a spot in the America East Women's Soccer Championship, which will be held November 8 and 10 at the field of the #1 seed. The top four teams in the conference advance to the conference tournament. Binghamton currently sits in a tie for fourth place with Boston University and Maine. Game time on Sunday at New Hampshire is 1 p.m.

NOTES: Kasmarcik is Binghamton's leading scorer with 30 points this season ... Her goals in tonight's game were her 11th and 12th of the season, and ended a six-game scoring drought ... Kasmarcik needs just two more points to move past Sarah Young (1998-01) into third place on the career scoring list ... Cherry's previous career high save total was 13 in an overtime loss to Northeastern on Sep. 17, 2000 ... The Bearcats have qualified for postseason play in eight of the last nine seasons.
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