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Bearcats tie with St. Francis (Pa.) 1-1

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Vestal, N.Y. — A hard shot by freshman forward Lauren Massey (Burlington, Ontario) midway through the second overtime period bounced off the crossbar, and the Binghamton Bearcats (2-0-1) settled for a 1-1 tie with the St. Francis Red Flash (1-1-1) in a non-conference game Thursday afternoon.

The Red Flash struck first, when Liz Ostrander (Woodbridge, Va.) kicked a penalty shot into the top right corner of the net from 15 yards out with just under four minutes remaining in the first half. Despite holding an 11-2 shot advantage in the first half, Binghamton was unable to find the net.

“We really struggled to find our rhythm offensively,” said head coach Jeff Leightman. “The good news is that in the past when we haven’t played well, we ended up losing, and today we settled for a tie. However, we will need to play much better in order to be successful in our upcoming games.”

In the second half, sophomore forward Tatiana Mathelier (Pomona) knotted the game at 1-1 with her first goal of the season, taking a pass from teammate Tracy Kasmarcik (Binghamton) and tipping the ball into the net. The Bearcats outshot St. Francis 22-10 for the game.

Senior goalkeeper Lauren Cherry (Wyncote, Pa.) went the distance in goal for Binghamton, as did St. Francis’ Allison Tidball (West Chester, Pa.). Cherry stopped six shots on the game, while Tidball recorded 11 saves.

The Bearcats return to action at home on Sunday afternoon in a showdown with a Syracuse squad that advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament last season. Game time is slated for 1 p.m. at West Gym Field. The Red Flash will return home next Tuesday to take on Mount St. Mary’s.

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