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Women's Soccer
Bearcats go two overtimes, beat St. John's 1-0


Vestal, N.Y. — Junior midfielder Mary Fazio (East Northpoint, N.Y./ John Glenn) took a pass from sophomore forward Tracy Kasmarcik (Binghamton, N.Y./ Susquehanna Valley) and scored the game-winning goal with exactly one minute remaining in the second sudden-death overtime period, lifting Binghamton (3-1) to a 1-0 win over St. John’s (1-3) in the final round of the Binghamton/ Adidas Soccer Classic.
The win gave the Bearcats a 2-0 record in the round robin tournament, equaling that of Western Michigan (2-2), which beat Iona (0-5) 8-1 earlier in the day. The Broncos, however, would win the tournament title by virtue of its better goal differential over the weekend.
Still, Binghamton’s win avenged last season’s 2-1 overtime loss to Northeastern in the final round of last season’s Binghamton/ Adidas Tournament.
“This is a tremendous win for us,” said Binghamton head coach Jeff Leightman. “We didn’t play well in the first half (St. John’s outshot Binghamton 12-2) but really battled back in the second half and in overtime. I’m very proud of our team because they showed a lot of heart in coming back.”
The game winner was set up when Kasmarick scooped up a loose ball on the end line, dribbled past a St. John’s defender and lifted it to Fazio, who was waiting in front of the goal. Fazio tipped it into the net, sparking a wild celebration by her teammates.
“Tracy really had to work hard to get me the ball,” Fazio said. “It was all her. I didn’t even see the ball go into the net.”
The fact that Binghamton even got the game into overtime can be attributed largely to junior goalkeeper Lauren Cherry (Wyncote, Pa./ Cheltenham), who made a critical save with 21 minutes remaining. St. John’s freshman forward Chelsea McNally dribbled in on a breakaway and shot the ball to Cherry’s right, apparently destined for the back of the net. Cherry, however, made a lunging catch, keeping the game deadlocked.
“We won that game for Lauren because she got us into overtime with that save,” said Leightman. “We owed it to her because we would never have had the chance to win without her.”
As for the Broncos, they beat Iona 8-1 behind a hat trick from junior midfielder Mary Gignac. Western Michigan outscored its opponents 13-1 during the weekend.

TOURNAMENT NOTES: Fazio, Kasmarcick, Cherry and junior midfielders Cara Biondo (Woodmere, N.Y./ Hewlett) and Amanda Norman (Middletown, N.Y./ Orange County CC) were named to the all-tournament team for Binghamton. Gignac, junior forward Kersten Conklin, junior midfielder Amber Scyphers and sophomore defender Abi Morrell were Western Michigan’s players on the all-tournament team. Representing St. John’s were sophomore defender Courtney Rhett and junior forward Erin Zambelli. Iona lone pick was sophomore midfielder Alison DeMarch. Conklin was named the tournament’s offensive MVP while Biondo was named the defensive MVP.

       
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