WEST HARTFORD
, CONN. - University of New Hampshire senior goalkeeper Lynn Gugliuzza (Kenmore, N.Y.) posted her seventh shutout and freshman midfielder Jenna Duncan (Newtown, Pa.) notched the game-winning penalty kick to lift the Wildcats past Binghamton University in the first round of the America East Championship Tournament on Friday afternoon played at Al-Mazoork Field.
            The Wildcats (6-10-1) and Bearcats (7-8-3) are credited with a 0-0 tie, but UNH advances due to a 4-2 advantage in penalty kicks.
For a second time this season, the Wildcats and Bearcats entered overtime without a regulation goal. This time UNH came away victorious with the combination of a Gugliuzza save and Duncan’s first collegiate goal during the penalty kick session. Gugliuzza held the Bearcats in check during their first scoring opportunity as Bearcat forward Kim Povill shot the ball wide right. UNH junior co-captain Caitlyn Serafine (Canandaigua, N.Y.) delivered a shot that found the lower left corner of the net for the ‘Cats first successful attempt. Senior midfielder Lia Barros (Bainbridge Island, Wash.) carried the momentum and made it two straight as she found the lower right corner of the net. Sophomore forward Michelle Sheehan (Belmont, Mass.) posted the ‘Cats third straight goal when she found the right side of the net. Senior midfielder Hillary Mefferd’s (Portland, Ore.) shot was just wide right, giving the Bearcats life as junior Katie Kerrigan capitalized on the opportunity and delivered the Bearcats second goal. The stage was set for Duncan, who sent UNH to the semifinals with the goal.
Binghamton held the 18-12 advantage in shots. Gugliuzza tallied two saves, while Bearcat goalkeeper Kristie Bowers posted six saves in the loss.
The ‘Cats hope to avenge a 2-1 regular season loss to Hartford on Sunday (Oct. 29) for a semifinal match with the Hawks at 4:00 p.m.
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