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Bearcats fall to Albany despite late rally

ALBANY, N.Y. - Junior midfielder Alyssa Falinski scored directly off a corner kick in the 69th minute and Binghamton women's soccer doubled up Albany in shots but the host Great Danes (6-5-1, 1-0-1 AE) used a goal in the 73rd minute to edge the Bearcats (1-9-1, 0-2 AE) in an America East game Thursday night from windy Bob Ford Field.

Trailing 1-0, BU struck for the equalizer when Falinski curled in a corner kick from the right side. It was her first collegiate goal.

But 4:50 later, Albany netted the game winner off a loose ball in the box. A free kick from the right side was knocked to the ground and Danes' leading scorer Vivian Vega converted to the lower left corner.

"I was really proud of our fight tonight," head coach Sarah McClellan said. "We controlled much of the tempo and created high quality chances. We were just a bit unlucky with the result."

Albany opened the scoring with a goal just 2:12 before halftime. A free kick was initially stopped by sophomore keeper Katie Hatziyianis but the Great Danes converted the rebound, which just traveled past the goal line before a BU defender could clear it.

Binghamton held a commanding 17-8 cushion in shots.

Hatziyianis was called on to make just three saves.

The game was BU's seventh straight on the road. The Bearcats will return home for the first time in a month on Sunday when BU hosts Hartford.

(Courtesy: BU Athletics)