Kaitlyn Cook competes for the ball against Delaware State on Sept. 3 at the Bearcats Sports Complex. Cook's goal led the Bearcats to a 1-0 victory. The freshman already has two goals on the season.
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Sophomore forward Sarah Furminger scored twice to lead Binghamton women’s soccer to a 3-0 victory over host Bucknell on Sept. 8, in Lewisburg, Pa.
Furminger sparked a dominant first half for the Bearcats, who peppered Bucknell’s defense with 15 shots and two goals in the opening 45 minutes. She opened the scoring in the 20th minute, striking a 35-yard blast to the top left corner for her first tally as a Bearcat.
In the 37th minute, sophomore forward Jamie Holliday made it 2-0 with her first goal of the season. Holliday took a pass from junior midfielder Mary DeWitte and ripped a shot off the far post and in.
In the second half, Furminger struck again, taking a feed from junior forward AnnMarie Rizzi in the 51st minute and converting from 12 yards out on the right.
Binghamton outshot Bucknell 25-11 for the game.
“It was a great team effort tonight against a good opponent,” head coach Sarah McClellan said. “It was well orchestratred with good communication, organization and solid defending and then we finished some of our chances on the offensive end. We were also able to play a lot of players, which was nice. We are looking forward to building off this performance as conference play draws closer.”
Freshmen keepers Carrie Martin and Stephanie Speirs shared the shutout, with Martin going the first 82 minutes and making three saves before giving way to Speirs, who stopped two shots in her collegiate debut.
The women’s soccer team earned its first win of the season—a 1-0 shutout of visiting Delaware State at the Bearcats Sports Complex on Sept. 3.
The Bearcats racked up a 22-2 advantage in shots but relied on the right foot of freshman midfielder Kaitlyn Cook, who tallied the only goal 5:17 into the game. Furminger broke loose down the right side and sent a cross into the box, where Rizzi touched it through to space and a rushing Cook one-timed a shot from 10 yards out firmly into the back of the net. It was the second goal of the season for Cook, who was named America East Rookie of the Week.
Binghamton mounted a consistent attack and spent a great deal of the game deep inside the Hornets’ defensive third, but couldn’t add to its lead.
“We’re pleased with the result,” McClellan said. “We got lots of shots and developed our rhythm and our possession tonight.”
Martin was called on to make just one save in registering her first collegiate shutout.
On Sept. 5, visiting Delaware struck 7:29 into the first overtime for a 1-0 victory over Binghamton. Freshman forward Shannon Kearney scored the game-winner. The Bearcats held a 9-8 shot advantage and played a complete game up and down the field. Martin made six saves, including a sparkling stop on a partial breakaway midway through the first half.