Women's Soccer Falls to Binghamton, 1-0, in AE Quarterfinals
DURHAM, N.H. — Despite earning its 11th straight berth into the postseason, the University of New Hampshire women's soccer team fell short of continuing its playoff run, dropping a 1-0 decision to Binghamton University Thursday afternoon in the quarterfinal round of the America East Championships at Bremner Field.
Binghamton scored the game's lone goal just 2:22 into the action when Taylor Kucharski notched her second tally of the season. Erica Correa (Cheshire, Conn.) punched a ball away from the net and Kucharski picked it up in front of the goal and fired a shot into the right side of the net from five yards out to give the visitors the early 1-0 advantage.
New Hampshire nearly knotted up the action about 13 minutes later when Kristi Zarrilli (Gorham, Maine) tracked down a ball on the right side of the box, as she tried to slip a shot past Binghamton goalkeeper Carrie Martin, but she made a diving stop to her left, preventing the score.
The Wildcats were knocking on the door once again in the final seconds of the first frame, as Chelsea Kuss (Warners, N.Y.) serviced a ball to Monique LaMotte (Tampa, Fla.) on a corner kick, but her shot from 20 yards out missed left and timed expired.
New Hampshire came out strong in the second stanza, outshooting Binghamton by a margin of 7-1, putting three shots on goal. The 'Cats also claimed a 4-2 edge in corner kicks during the frame, but couldn't manage to find the back of the net.
Taylor Finley (Bedford, N.H.) nearly put UNH on the board when she played a ball to Jordyn Krall (Duxbury, Mass.) inside the box from 40 yards out with just over 13 minutes on the clock. Krall took a touch on the pass and booted it toward the net but Martin made a diving stop, smothering the ball and ending any chance of New Hampshire knotting up the score.
New Hampshire finished the contest with a 12-6 shot advantage. The Wildcats also controlled corner kicks by a margin of 7-3. LaMotte led New Hampshire with three shots, including two on goal attempts.
Martin led Binghamton with six stops in net for the shutout. Correa recorded two saves between the pipes for the Wildcats.