Bearcats win fourth straight, shut down Niagara

By wbng sports

September 8, 2013 Updated Sep 8, 2013 at 11:47 PM EDT

Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Sophomore forward Stephani Church scored twice, lifting Binghamton to a 3-1 win over Niagara on Sunday afternoon at the Bearcats Sports Complex. With the victory, the Bearcats extend their winning streak to four games.

Church now has a team-high three goals so far this season. She has netted a pair of game winners in the past three games.

It didn’t take long to Church to get the Bearcats on the scoreboard. Senior forward Conor O’Brien got by the defense on the left side and slid the ball towards the middle of the box. Church then took over, getting the ball into the net just 3:15 into the match.

Niagara, however, came back four minutes later when Breanna Cativpovic finished off a corner kick. Kori Thorne took the initial kick, which was headed by Danielle Kennedy and shot in the net by Cativpovic.

In the 12th minute, it was Church that finished off a corner kick by Rebecca Raber to put the Bearcats up 2-1.

Binghamton was outshot 7-3 in the first half but had an 11-1 advantage after the break. The score remained 2-1, however, until junior midfielder Emily Nuss fired in a rebound in the 83rd minute.

“We expected it to be a tough game,” head coach Sarah McClellan said. “In the second half, we had the wind and our fitness level took over.”

Senior goalkeeper Carrie Martin made four saves in the first half of the game. She was replaced by junior goalkeeper Gaby Gold for the remaining 45 minutes.

Binghamton heads to Temple on Friday for a 4 p.m. game.