For Immediate Release: October 12, 2006
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BU women's soccer strengthens playoff position with 3-0 win at UMBC
Bearcats move into tie for third place in America East with two games left

Box Score

BALTIMORE, Md. - Visiting Binghamton (6-7-2, 3-3 America East) came into and out of halftime with goals and strengthened the team's postseason position with a 3-0 victory over UMBC (4-10-1, 0-5 AE) Thursday afternoon from UMBC Soccer Stadium. The Bearcats broke a scoreless tie with 1:04 left in the first half and then struck for another goal 6:06 into the second period to extend their cushion.

Senior midfielder Kelly Burnham (Endicott, N.Y.) scored her fourth goal of the season at the 43:56 mark to stake BU to a 1-0 halftime lead. Then in the 52nd minute, freshman midfielder Amanda Casares (Rahway, N.J.) took a feed from junior forward Kim Povill (Massapequa, N.Y.) and beat the keeper from 15 yards out for her first collegiate goal. Sophomore striker Kelly Haslinger (Boston, N.Y.) added her third goal of the season in the 75th minute to complete the scoring.

"We played with a commitment today and I'm pleased with the result," head coach Jeff Leightman said. "Getting three points on the road in convincing fashion is good in this league. Hopefully we can come out on Sunday (against Maine) and play better and lock up a playoff spot."

Binghamton peppered UMBC with 20 shots in its most successful offensive outing of late. After scoring a combined three goals in the team's last seven games, BU put three up on the scoreboard on Thursday, and won for the third time in the last four games.

Senior goalkeeper Kristie Bowers (Rochester, N.Y.) made five saves to register her fifth shutout of the season. She has allowed just two goals in her last 451 minutes of action.

The Bearcats play their final regular season home game on Sunday when they host Maine beginning at noon. The Black Bears are 3-2 in conference play and are tied with Binghamton (and New Hampshire) for third place in the standings, behind Boston and Hartford, who have matching 4-0-1 records (13 pts.). The top six teams advance to the America East Championship, which begins on October 27.


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