DURHAM, N.H. -- Danielle White scored two goals to propel the Binghamton University women's soccer team to Thursday afternoon's 3-0 America East victory against the University of New Hampshire at Lewis Fields.
UNH, which entered the game with a 2-0-1 lifetime record vs. the Bearcats, is now 6-5-1 overall and 1-2-1 in America East. Binghamton won its third consecutive game - all by a score of 3-0 vs. league teams - to improve to 7-5-2, 3-1-0.
The visitors quickly took a 1-0 lead on a goal by Tricia Reed at 2:15. Kelly Sanders initiated the sequence with a serve from 40 yards on the left wing into the center of the penalty area, where Reed headed the ball inside the left post for a goal.
UNH responded with pressure that resulted in a shot by Robyn Bishop (Columbia, Md.) that was cleared off the goal line by the BU defense.
One minute later, however, Binghamton increased the advantage to 2-0 in the 17th minute when Lauren Massey played a thru ball on the right wing to White, who placed a shot over charging UNH goalkeeper Julie Randall (East Longmeadow, Mass.) inside the far post.
The Bearcats took that two-goal advantage, and an 8-6 edge in shots, into halftime.
Binghamton goalkeeper Kristie Bowers made an impressive save in the 59th minute to keep the Wildcats scoreless. From 35 yards on the left wing, UNH leading scorer Sara Hourihan (Lynnfield, Mass.) made a crossing pass that was collected by Hillary Mefferd (Portland, Oregon), and from 15 yards she fired a high shot that Bowers tipped over the crossbar.
BU's Reed nearly netted her second goal of the game when a blast from 35 yards caromed off the crossbar. White did score her second of the game with 2:40 remaining when she gathered Massey's service into the left corner, hesitated and beat the UNH defense to bend a shot inside the far post.
Randall finished with one save and surrendered two goals. Lynn Gugliuzza (Kenmore, N.Y.) played the entire second half and stopped one of two shots on goal. Bowers was credited with two saves defending the Bearcats' goal.
New Hampshire returns to action Oct. 9 (1 p.m.) at Vermont. The next Wildcat home match is during Homecoming Weekend, Oct. 16 vs. Boston University. Start time at Lewis Fields is 1 p.m.