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For Immediate Release: September 22, 2010
Contact: John Hartrick (hartrick@binghamton.edu)
Phone: 607-777-6800

BU women's soccer falls to Cornell 3-1 in final non-conference tilt
Visiting Big Red score twice in seven minute span to pull away

Box Score

VESTAL, N.Y. -- Visiting Cornell (3-3) scored twice in a seven-minute span early in the second half to pull away from Binghamton women's soccer (2-7) 3-1 Wednesday night from the Bearcats Sports Complex.

Holding a 1-0 halftime lead, Cornell scored in the 51st minute and again in the 58th minute to open up a 3-0 cushion. The Bearcats broke into the scoring column in the 88th minute to avoid what would've been a fourth straight shutout.

The Big Red got on the board after a defensive breakdown in the box in the 28th minute. A Cornell forward got to a thru ball just before BU keeper Carrie Martin did and a subsequent cross slipped past two Bearcat defenders before Caedran Harvey tapped it in the open net from close range.

At the 50:43 mark, Maneesha Chitanvis got behind the defense and chipped the ball past Martin and into the vacant net. Seven minutes later, a dipping shot off the foot of Rachel Nichols found the far corner for a 3-0 margin.

Junior midfielder Mary DeWitte snapped the shutout with a well-struck tally at the 87:53 mark. DeWitte pushed forward and met a square ball from sophomore forward Candice Rowland, drilling the 20-yard shot into the right corner.

“We played a little bit flustered in the first half and not aggressive enough to keep the ball," head coach Sarah McClellan said. "After their second goal we picked it up a notch and started competing better. It's important for our players to realize the difference in the effort level. We're doing some good things but we have to do better. It was a great goal at the end - we were really pressing and were just waiting for some goals. We had several really great 'sitters' in front of the goal and it was a positive step to bang the ball into the back of the net."

The Bearcats have five corner kicks in the second half with several resulting in dangerous balls near the goal line. But without a clean touch on the finishing end, none found the net.

Freshman midfielder Kaitlyn Cook was named the America East Player of the Game.

Binghamton hosts Maine in its America East opener Sunday at noon.

"We're looking forward to starting off fresh with conference play," McClellan said.

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