Sophomore midfielder Rebecca Raber has been named the America East Player of the Week. She had a goal and an assist in Binghamton’s 2-0 victory over Lafayette on Sept. 6 and tallied an assist on the game-winning goal against Niagara on Sept. 8.
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Sophomore forward Stephani Church scored twice, lifting Binghamton (4-1) to a 3-1 win over Niagara (0-6) in a non-conference women’s soccer game on Sept. 8 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 for 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 toward 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.”
On Sept. 6, sophomore midfielder Rebecca Raber tallied a goal and an assist in a 2-0 home victory over Lafayette. The Bearcats scored once in each half and allowed just three shots by the Leopards (2-1).
“We looked pretty good in spurts and as the game progressed, we started to get more comfortable and gained more confidence,” McClellan said.
After a sluggish opening 20 minutes, Binghamton started to put together some offensive opportunities and senior midfielder Emma Kurth cashed in with 18:01 remaining in the half. Raber sent a corner kick to the far post where a driving Kurth knocked it in on the doorstep for her first career goal. Kurth drew praise from McClellan after the game.
“Emma is such a calming presence out there,” McClellan said. “She’s doing a great job and showing senior leadership along with our other seniors. Emma makes everyone feel like they can do their ‘thing’ and she will cover them.”