For Immediate Release: October 18, 2009
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BU women's soccer controls UMBC 2-0
Bearcats win for seventh time in last 10 games, clinch playoff berth

Box Score

VESTAL, N.Y. - Binghamton (7-6-1, 4-2 America East) netted a goal in each half and earned a 2-0 win over visiting UMBC (2-12-1, 1-5 AE) Sunday afternoon from the Bearcats Sports Complex. The Bearcats have now won seven of their last 10 games and have already clinched a spot in the America East Championship tournament with two games remaining.

"I was real pleased with our output of shots today," head coach Sarah McClellan said. "We still have to work on our finishing and connecting more on that final pass. But it was a great team effort. We are coming along nicely and it was another good conference win for us."

On Senior Day, two seniors combined for the first goal. Senior forward Emily Cirillo struck just 2:29 into the contest with her first goal of the season. Senior midfielder Amanda Casares ripped a shot from the left side that UMBC keeper Mo Van Vlerah knocked down, but Cirillo was on the doorstep to tap in the rebound.

Junior back Stefani Knopick added an insurance goal in the 58th minute when she headed in a corner kick from sophomore back Dani Raske. Raske delivered a beautiful corner kick to the far post where Knopick finished into the open net.

Senior Jen McEachron and junior Erin Iman shared their sixth shutout of the season. Neither keeper was forced to make a save as the Bearcats owned a 26-4 shots advantage.

Binghamton next hosts Vermont on Thursday night.

Cirillo was selected as BU's America East Player of the Game... BU improved to 6-0-2 all-time against UMBC... Binghamton secured at playoff spot as one of the top six teams in the conference, though the third-place Bearcats are pushing for a high seed and possible first-round home game.

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