Immediate Release: August 24, 2008
VESTAL, N.Y. - Freshman forward AnnMarie Rizzi outraced a UMass defender and slotted a seven-yard shot into the lower right corner with 2:12 left in the first overtime, giving Binghamton women's soccer a dramatic 2-1 overtime win over the visiting Minutewomen in the season-opener for both teams Sunday afternoon. More than 400 vocal fans were treated to the exciting finish at the Bearcats Sports Complex.
Sophomore midfielder Casey Pedersen sent a ball into the box, where senior tri-captain Kelly Haslinger redirected toward the UMass goal. Rizzi slipped to the inside of her defender as the UMass goalie also converged near the penalty spot. Sprawling out on the turf, Rizzi tucked the right-footed shot underneath the keeper and into the net just inside the right post.
"I am so proud of our team," first-year head coach Sarah McClellan said. "It was a team effort. We are struggling with some injuries right now so we are not very deep, but we played for each other out there. They deserve this result."
UMass was just over seven minutes away from claiming a 1-0 regulation win, but junior forward Emily Dixon bent in an 18-yard shot with 7:14 left to even the score. Dixon's rocket, which she struck with the outside of her right foot, bent in the lower left corner just past UMass keeper Lauren Luckey. Junior midfielder Amanda Casares set up the play with some brilliant footwork to elude three UMass defenders in the attacking half. Dixon was making her BU debut after being named the National Player of the Year for nearby Broome Community College last fall.
The Minutewomen opened the scoring in the 48th minute, when Tina Rodriguez headed in a corner kick from Vanessa Lima.
Junior keeper Jen McEachron made four saves for the Bearcats, who outshot UMass 9-6.
The Bearcats next begin a three-game road sequence with an August 29 contest at LIU.
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