Immediate Release: October 16, 2008
WEST HARTFORD, Conn. - Host Hartford (7-4-4, 4-1-1 AE) struck for three second-half goals in a 17-minute span and beat Binghamton (5-7-1, 1-4 AE) 3-1 in an America East women's soccer game Thursday night from Alumni Stadium.
Junior midfielder Amanda Casares had staked the Bearcats to a 1-0 halftime lead with an unassisted goal in the 30th minute. She pressured a back pass to the keeper, and had the attempted clear bounce off her and into the net. It was the second goal of the season for Casares, who also has a team-high five assists.
But the Hawks evened the score on a penalty kick in the 52nd minute and added goals in the 59th and 68th minutes.
Binghamton outshot Hartford 11-10. The physical game featured 20 fouls and five cards, and the Bearcats had to play the final 26 minutes one player down when defender Erica Goldberg was issued a red card after a sliding tackle. The Hawks added the insurance goal just four minutes later.
"We played a good first half," head coach Sarah McClellan said. "And when we were forced to play a man down in the second half, we still pressured them and created a lot of chances, which was a huge positive."
The Bearcats host Albany for Senior Night on Sunday.
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