Immediate Release: October 14, 2010
BALTIMORE, Md. -- Senior Stefani Knopick ignited a struggling offense with two goals in the game's first four minutes and Binghamton women's soccer (4-9-1, 2-2-1 AE) held off host UMBC (2-12-1, 1-5 AE) 2-1 in an America East game Thursday afternoon from rainy UMBC Soccer Stadium. The win kept BU unbeaten against UMBC with the Bearcats owning a 7-0-2 mark all-time.
After scoring just twice in the team's last 740 minutes of soccer, including three straight shutouts, BU struck for two goals right off the opening whistle to take command of the game. Knopick tapped in an easy one just 1:31 into the game after a cross from sophomore Jamie Holliday wasn't controlled by the Retrievers' keeper. Exactly two minutes later, Knopick struck again, taking a feed from sophomore Sarah Furminger and depositing it into the lower left corner. The pair of goals were Knopick's first two of the season. Furminger collected her team-high third assist of the campaign.
The Retrievers cut their deficit in half in the 12th minute but the teams played scoreless for the remaining 78 minutes in sloppy field conditions.
We're really pleased to get the win on the road," head coach Sarah McClellan said. "Conference games are always hard on the road and we knew we needed to get this one. I'm happy for the girls that we grinded out a win - that's big for us. It was also nice to get some balls in the back of the net."
Each team registered 16 shots. Freshman keeper Carrie Martin made eight saves.
Junior midfielder Mary DeWitte was named the team's America East Player of the Game.
"Mary was a workhorse in the midfield and really helped us close out the game," McClellan said.
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