For Immediate Release: September 28, 2008
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New Hampshire edges BU women's soccer 3-2 in conference opener
Bearcats rally from 2-0 down before UNH nets winner in 79th minute

Box Score

VESTAL, N.Y. - Junior forward Shaunna Kaplan scored on a breakaway with 11:35 remaining to give New Hampshire (2-7-1, 1-0 AE) a 3-2 win over Binghamton (4-4-1, 0-1 AE) in the America East opener for both teams Sunday afternoon at the Bearcats Sports Complex.

Binghamton, which surrendered goals on UNH's first two shots of the game, rallied from a 2-0 hole and seemed poised to complete its comeback, peppering the Wildcats with 10 second-half shots.

But the Wildcats capitalized on a whiffed clear in the 79th minute, and Kaplan tracked down the ball inside the box, eluded rushing BU keeper Jen McEachron and tapped the ball into the open net for the game winner.

The goal spoiled BU's spirited comeback, which included two goals in a 5:38 span early in the second half - both off the head of sophomore back Stefanie Knopick. On the first goal, junior midfielder Amanda Casares sent a cross into the middle, where Knopick, with her back to the goal, flicked a header over the keeper's head and into the far corner. With Binghamton controlling play in UNH's defensive third, the Bearcats worked a corner kick less than six minutes later and sophomore forward Dani Raske's hard kick was emphatically headed in by Knopick from close range.

"We played great soccer in the second half," head coach Sarah McClellan said. "I thought we were unlucky on a couple of chances and New Hampshire capitalized on the few dangerous chances they had. We worked hard and we'll get better for our next game."

The Bearcats dug themselves a quick 2-0 hole when they had trouble keeping up with 5-foot-10 UNH striker Sara Hourihan. Just 3:38 into the contest, Hourihan finished a beautiful 1-2 passing play with a 12-yard shot that skidded under McEachron. On the play, Shaunna Kaplan fed Stephanie Gildenson, who one-touched a through ball to a streaking Hourihan, who netted her fourth goal of the season. Hourihan struck 10 minutes later when she narrowly avoided an offsides call, took a similar through ball from Gilkenson and found the short side.

New Hampshire keeper Nikki Golding made five saves and McEachron picked up four. Binghamton outshot UNH 15-11.

The Bearcats next travel to Baltimore to face UMBC on Thursday.

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