Immediate Release: October 13, 2005
VESTAL, N.Y. - Binghamton (7-6-3, 3-2-1 America East) and visiting UMBC (9-5-1, 3-1-1 AE) traded first-half goals before on-the-field officials ended Thursday's women's soccer game in the 71th minute as rain battered the playing field. The contest, played at West Gym Field, will be officially recorded as a 1-1 tie, keeping the two teams tied for third place in the America East standings.
"It's a shame," head coach Jeff Leightman said of the decision to halt the game. "The kids played their hearts out and given the conditions, our team still moved the ball around and played well. We just needed to finish better in the first half when we had chance after chance after chance."
Senior midfielder Lauren Massey (Burlington, Ontario) opened the scoring just 5:20 into the game, drilling an 18-yard shot into the upper left corner. Massey collected a loose ball after a Bearcats corner kick and picked the corner from the top of the box for her second tally of the season. The Bearcats continued to force the issue inside UMBC's defensive half, but despite peppering the goal with 11 shots in the first half, BU could not stretch its lead.
The Retrievers scored the equalizer at the 24:34 mark on a 30-yard free kick off the foot of junior forward Amanda DiCarlo. It was her 10th goal of the season.
Binghamton owned a 15-7 margin in shots.
Junior keeper Kristie Bowers (Rochester, N.Y.) made five saves while her counterpart, Catie Bukowski, stopped 10 shots for UMBC.
Binghamton travels for Maine for an America East game at noon on Sunday. The Bearcats then return to West Gym Field for their regular-season finale next Thursday against Hartford.
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