Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton)
Binghamton women's soccer (4-10-2, 2-3-2 AE) came within 1:10 of a key victory but instead had to settle for a 1-1 double overtime tie with visiting New Hampshire (8-6-4, 4-2-1 AE) in an America East game Thursday night from the Bearcats Sports Complex. The tie gave the Bearcats one point and kept their playoff hopes alive heading into the final game of the season Sunday at Stony Brook.
Trailing 1-0 late in regulation, New Hampshire midfielder Amy Avitabile blasted a left-footed shot from 30 yards out that rose over the hands of BU keeper Carrie Martin and caromed off the crossbar, where midfielder Alli Rozelle tapped it in the empty net to send the game to overtime.
The Bearcats had a great opportunity to end the game 8:37 into the first extra session when sophomore striker Jamie Holliday sprung free and had a 1-on-1 opportunity from 10 yards away but her shot was steered away by UNH keeper Erica Correa.
Holliday scored what looked to be the game-winner 10:20 into the second half when she took a feed from sophomore forward Sarah Furminger and struck a ball near the right sideline that screamed its way toward the near post. Correa, who was expecting a cross, couldn't recover fast enough and Holliday had her second goal of the season.
"I thought our team gave a great overall performance from start to finish," head coach Sarah McClellan said. "It was solid soccer against a strong team. Jamie (Holliday) had a great goal and we had several other fantastic chances. Even though we didn't get the win, it was a great game for us to take into Sunday for our last game with the playoffs on the line."
Martin made 10 saves for the Bearcats, who were outshot 16-9.
The Bearcats nearly had a goal in the first half when Furminger ripped a shot from 12 yards out that beat the keeper but banked off the crossbar and straight down.
New Hampshire also had a golden opportunity late in the half when Brooke Duchaney's point-blank shot from 10 yards out was saved by Martin with eight minutes left. The Wildcats also had a dangerous opportunity in the half's final seconds but Martin dove to smother a shot to the far post as the horn sounded.
Rozelle and senior Holliday were named the America East Players of the Game.
Binghamton travels to Long Island to face Stony Brook in the regular-season finale Sunday afternoon.