For Immediate Release: August 26, 2005
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Binghamton women's soccer plays to scoreless draw at Iona in season opener

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NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. - Binghamton University women's soccer (0-0-1) opened its 2005 season with a 0-0 draw at Iona (0-0-1) Friday afternoon as neither team could find the net in 110 minutes of action.

The Bearcats put 20 shots on goal and had several glorious scoring opportunties in regulation and overtime but couldn't break through. Binghamton hit the cross bar three times and Iona keeper Jessica Martin made 15 saves. The Bearcats were blanked for just the third time in the last 17 games dating back to last season.

"It was a tough game and not necessarily the start we were looking for," head coach Jeff Leightman said. "Iona is a good team that plays really hard. They took us out of what we like to do. We came out slow and weren't competing or running but in the second half and overtime we started to take control. We created good attacks but just didn't finish today. And we expended a lot of energy, which will make Sunday's game even more difficult."

Junior keeper Kristie Bowers (Rochester, N.Y.) recorded nine saves to earn the shutout.

"Kristie played really well," Leightman said. "She came out and solved crosses and came off her line."

The Bearcats will return home to host Long Island University at 1 p.m. on Sunday at West Gym Field.

Binghamton has played to one 0-0 draw in each of the last three seasons (Cornell in 2004, New Hampshire in 2003 and Maine in 2002).


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