ROZELLE'S LATE TALLY LIFTS WOMEN'S SOCCER TO 1-1 TIE AT BINGHAMTON; CLINCHES 10TH STRAIGHT TOURNAMENT BERTH
VESTAL, N.Y. – Junior Alli Rozelle (Stratham, N.H.) scored with 1:10 remaining in regulation to lift the University of New Hampshire to a 1-1 tie against Binghamton University in Thursday night's America East match at Bearcats Sports Complex. The tie assured the Wildcats a spot in next week's conference tournament for an America East-record 10th-straight season.
The Wildcats move to 8-6-4 on the season, including 4-2-1 in America East play, while the Bearcats run their record to 4-10-2 overall and 2-3-2 in the conference.
Trailing 1-0 late in the 89th minute, the Wildcats received a jolt from Rozelle, who chose no better time to net her first goal of the season. After senior Amy Avitabile (Pembroke, Mass.) blasted a shot off the crossbar from 30 yards out, UNH's feeling of deflation quickly dissolved as Rozelle, UNH's America East Player of the Game, collected the rebound and tapped the ball into the empty net to tie the game at one.
UNH dominated the first overtime period as they outshot Binghamton, 3-0, but goalkeeper Carrie Martin, who made 10 saves on the day, kept the game knotted. The Bearcats held a 1-0 shot advantage in the second overtime, with that one shot nearly ending the game 8:37 in. Jamie Holliday broke free and was 1-on-1 with freshman goalkeeper Erica Correa (Cheshire, Conn.), who thwarted the opportunity from 10 yards away. Correa stopped six shots for the Wildcats.
It was Holliday, Binghamton's America East Player of the Game, who nearly scored the game-winner in the 56th minute when she received a feed from Sarah Furminger and sent a shot from 20 yards out on the right side that found the back of the net just inside the near post to give Binghamton the 1-0 lead.
The Wildcats had a dangerous chance in what ended up being a scoreless first half when junior Brooke Duchaney (Hampton Falls, N.H.) ripped a point-blank shot from 10 yards out that was saved by Martin with eight minutes left.
UNH held a 16-9 shot advantage, while Binghamton owned a 4-1 edge in corner kicks.
The Wildcats return to action when they wrap up their regular season Sunday, Oct. 24 at 2 p.m. against the University of Hartford. It will be Senior Day at Lewis Fields as the 'Cats honor their five-member senior class. A win will earn UNH the No. 2 seed and a first-round bye in the America East Championship tournament.