Immediate Release: September 4, 2011
VESTAL, N.Y. -- Junior forward Sarah Furminger copllected a goal and an assist to pace Binghamton women's soccer (3-3) to a 2-0 win over visiting Fairleigh Dickinson (0-2-1) Sunday afternoon from a muggy Bearcats Sports Complex.
Amid high humidity and temperatures in the upper 80s, the Bearcats held a commanding 28-6 shots advantage and tallied a goal in each half to post the team's third shutout.
Furminger fed senior linemate AnnMarie Rizzi for the opening goal in the 20th minute before netting her own goal in the 55th minute.
On the first goal, Furminger displayed some nice footwork outside the box before pushing a through ball to Rizzi, who beat FDU keeper Stephanie Tanzi from 12 yards out. With Tanzi rushing hard toward Rizzi, the fourth-year veteran chipped the ball over the keeper and into the net for her first tally of the season.
Sophomore midfielder Kaitlyn Cook nearly made it 2-0 late in the half when she shot through on a breakaway, only to be thwarted by Tanzi at the edge of the box. Cook took a team-high five shots, including four on target.
Early in the second half, Furminger began to show her speed and 1-on-1 skills in the attacking third. Ten minutes into the half, she stole a ball from a Knights defender and dribbled into the left side of the box, shielding off a defender before cutting a left-footed shot back into the lower right corner.
"Coming off the Lehigh game, when we played a good game against a high level opponent, we kept taking steps forward today," head coach Sarah McClellan said. "We were decisive on the attack pushing numbers forward and getting shots on goal and that's important for us as we get closer to conference play. We need to continue to take care of the details on the field and continue to jump start our attack."
Sophomore keeper Carrie Martin was called on to make just four saves in registering the shutout.
Rizzi was named the America East Player of the Game.
"Rizzi gave a fantastic effort today," McClellan said. "Her work rate off the ball and pressure were good and she helped create a lot of scoring opportunities, including the goal she scored."
Binghamton hosts Bucknell Wednesday night.
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