Immediate Release: September 24, 2008
VESTAL, N.Y. - Freshman midfielder Laura Kimoto knocked in a rebound in the 79th minute to give visiting Niagara (6-2-1) a 2-1 win over Binghamton (4-3-1) Wednesday night at the Bearcats Sports Complex.
In a back-and-forth second half that featured three goals, the Purple Eagles tallied the game-winner when sophomore defender Erin Baker sent a hard shot toward the far post that BU keeper Jen McEachron knocked down. The ball squirted loose, however, and Kimoto banged in the rebound from close range.
Niagara opened the scoring in the 51st minute when senior striker Stephanie Gartley pushed a square ball to classmate Shaylyn Lawrence, whose strike found the far left corner from close range.
Sophomore forward Dani Raske evened the score for the Bearcats just over eight minutes later when she picked up a loose ball and ripped a shot from 28 yards out into the top netting. It was Raske's team-high fourth goal of the season.
"It was a really good game," first-year head coach Sarah McClellan said. "Niagara is a tough opponent and we made a couple of mistakes and we're going to learn from those and take this good experience forward. Our players are starting to jell and we're looking good with our ball movement. We should feel confident going into the conference season."
McEachron made five saves for Binghamton, which was outshot 15-10.
The Bearcats open America East Conference play on Sunday when they host New Hampshire at 1 p.m.
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