Binghamton Hands Women's Soccer First Defeat
Sep 6, 2013
VESTAL, N.Y. – Binghamton scored in each half and dealt Lafayette its first loss of the season in a 2-0 decision on Friday evening at the Bearcats Sports Complex. With the setback, Lafayette moves to 2-1-0 on the year.
“I thought it was an excellent game,” head coach Mick Statham said. “We passed the ball around as well as we have all season. We needed a little bit more of an edge inside the 18-yard box, but the only thing I’m really disappointed with is the score.”
The two sides spent the first half of the opening stanza feeling one another out as play was largely based in the midfield. After earning their second corner kick of the match in the 27th minute, Rebecca Raber sent in a service toward the far post. The cross sailed over the top of the Leopards’ defense and was met by a one-timed volley off the right foot of Emma Kurth, beating Danielle Sedillo to the short side to take a 1-0 lead.
Facing its first deficit of the season, Lafayette’s best chance to bring the score level came in the 33rd minute when Merle Liedmeier took the ball on a run down the center of the field and was fouled just outside the penalty area. The ensuing free kick free kick from 20 yards out was taken by Samantha Potoczak, but her left-footed drive was knocked down by Binghamton’s wall.
Sedillo helped to keep the deficit at one on two separate occasions in the half, coming off her line nicely to force Stephanie Church to send a bouncing ball over the bar with 10 minutes remaining. Five minutes later, a long shot from Raber was easily secured by the freshman goalkeeper.
Early in the second, another Bearcats (3-1-0) corner provided the home team with an opportunity to pad their lead. After the first cross was initially cleared from danger, the ball was sent back in toward Raber at the penalty spot, but she blasted her attempt high above the crossbar behind Sedillo.
After a Leopards’ corner that went without doing any harm, Binghamton found its second goal in the 66th minute. Katie Corcoran fed a square ball across the top of the 18-yard box to Raber, who unleashed a right-footed rip through the defense and past Sedillo to her left.
Binghamton held Lafayette (2-1-1) at bay over the final 20 minutes by successfully defending two corners and a shot by Jaclyn Giordano that was stopped by goalkeeper Carrie Martin. She and Sedillo both finished with two saves on the night. Each side took three corners and Binghamton held a 4-2 advantage in shots on goal.
Lafayette’s next challenge comes on Sunday afternoon when the Leopards travel to Newark, N.J. to play NJIT. Kickoff is slated for 1 p.m.
Binghamton leads the all-time series against Lafayette 2-0-0.