Release: November 1, 2007
WEST HARTFORD, Conn. -- Sixth-seeded Binghamton (3-11-4) converted six of its seven shots in the penalty kick shootout to advance over third-seeded Hartford (7-6-4) in the America East quarterfinals Thursday night from Al-Marzook Field. The teams had played to a 1-1 tie through regulation and two overtimes. Binghamton will now meet No. 2 Boston University in the semifinals at noon on Sunday.
Senior midfielder Kerry O'Shaughnessy (Stony Point, N.Y.) scored the clinching goal of the shootout. Sophomore keeper Jen McEachron (Hoosick Falls, N.Y.) saved Hartford's seventh and final shot and O'Shaughnessy followed with her goal. McEachron dove to her right and deflected the shot up into the crossbar, where it rebounded away from the mouth of the goal. OShaughnessy then calmly buried the final kick to end the contest.
incredibly ecstatic for the team," head coach Jeff Leightman
said. "They brought a level of desire to the match that
we haven't seen this year. I am really proud of our effort. Everyone
was committed to not having our season end tonight. Sunday will
be a very tough match, going to Boston for a second week in a
row. Hopefully we can get a result there as well."
In regulation, senior midfielder Tricia Reed (Oswego, N.Y.) gave the Bearcats an early 1-0 lead when she scored her fourth goal of the season at the 16:05 mark. Kerrigan and senior forward Kim Povill (Massapequa, N.Y.) earned assists on the play. Povill sent a long free kick into the box, where Kerrigan tapped it to Reed, who converted from close range.
The Bearcats held the lead for most of the game before Hartford tallied the equalizer in the 77th minute.
McEachron made two stops in the shootout and four saves during the game. Hartford held a 13-8 advantage in shots.
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