For Immediate Release: September 17, 2008
Contact: John Hartrick (Hartrick@binghamton.edu)
Phone: 607-777-6800

BU women's soccer battles to 1-1 overtime tie with Rider
Cirilo nets equalizer in 72nd minute; BU extends unbeaten streak to four

Box Score

VESTAL, N.Y. - Binghamton (4-1-1) and visiting Rider (1-5-2) traded second-half goals and battled to a 1-1 overtime draw in a women's soccer game Wednesday night from the Bearcats Sports Complex.

The Broncs opened the scoring in the 56th minute when junior midfielder Natalie Sica collected a loose ball outside the penalty box and ripped an 18-yard shot to the upper right corner.

Junior forward Emily Cirillo evened the score in the 72nd minute, thanks to some outstanding work from sophomore forward Dani Raske. The defender- turned-forward dribbled around several Rider backs on the right side before rolling a perfect cross to the foot of Cirillo, who made no mistake from six yards out.

"That was the guttiest performance I've seen our team play," head coach Sarah McClellan said. "We have some injuries right now but our players didn't feel sorry for themselves ... they just played hard and persevered."

Junior keeper Jen McEachron made eight saves for the Bearcats, who have allowed just one goal in their last 380 minutes of soccer.

Binghamton next plays Sunday afternoon at Syracuse.

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