Immediate Release: October 26, 2008
BURLINGTON, Vt. - Sophomore Dani Raske knocked in her own rebound 39 seconds into the first overtime period to give visiting Binghamton (7-8-1, 3-5 AE) a dramatic 1-0 overtime win over Vermont (4-13-1, 2-5-1 AE) in the final America East regular season game for both teams Sunday afternoon from Centennial Field. The Bearcats needed a win to advance over the Catamounts to the conference tournament, and will now play postseason for the fifth straight year. Binghamton earned the No. 6 seed and will travel to No. 3 New Hampshire for a quarterfinal game on Thursday.
Raske's overtime winner came after junior midfielder Amanda Casares advanced in on a breakaway to start the first extra session. Casares' shot was stopped by the Vermont keeper, and Raske's first rebound attempt was also blocked. She banged in the second rebound from six yards out to send the Bearcats into celebration. It was her seventh goal of the season.
"We created a lot of chances all game," head coach Sarah McClellan said. "We wer a bit unlucky on our finishes. We kept pressing into the overtime and went right at them. It was a great job by everone to work hard and not let up the entire game. We're thrilled to keep the season going for our seniors."
Junior keeper Jen McEachron needed to make just two saves for her sixth shutout of the season. Binghamton outshot Vermont 15-2.
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