Undefeated at Home, BU Women's Soccer Whites out Big RedPosted: Updated:
Freshman defender Kayla MacKenzie and senior forward Kayla Saager tallied goals to pace Binghamton women's soccer (3-3-2) to a 2-0 win over visiting Cornell (1-4) Sunday afternoon at the Bearcats Sports Complex. With the team's third shutout win of the season, BU remains unbeaten at home (3-0) in 2018.
MacKenzie, a left back, scored her first collegiate goal in the 19th minute. She retrieved a failed clearing ball from the Big Red defense and started a rush toward the endline. MacKenzie then cut toward goal and sent a ball into the goalmouth, where it deflected off a Cornell defender and into the far corner of the net. Saager, whose initial hard work on the left side led to the attack, was positioned on the doorstep in case the ball made it through.
Binghamton controlled play throughout but was nursing a tenuous 1-0 lead until Saager created some breathing room late. On the second goal, sophomore center back Erin Theiller stepped in front of a Cornell forward to take control of the ball in BU's defensive third. She quickly fed sophomore center midfielder Dora Hayes, who spun around her mark and pushed forward near the box. Hayes then slid a ball outside to rushing junior forward Ryan Reilly, who delivered a hard cross to the head of Saager. The reigning America East Striker of the Year made no mistake, directing it into the top right netting from 12 yards out for her fifth goal of the season.
With BU's back line limiting Cornell's advances, freshman keeper Haylee Poltorak needed to make just one save. Poltorak did, however, knock away a dangerous ball in traffic with nine minutes remaining in the first half. She lowered her season goals against average to 0.80.
Binghamton held a 15-7 shots margin and was dangerous on five corner kicks as well.
"As a team we've talked about putting in a full 90-minute performance and we've shown it in glimpses ... but today was the full 90 minutes," head coach Neel Bhattacharjee said. "We didn't let off, our movement off the ball was very good and I thought defensively our performance was outstanding. That second goal gave us a nice relief at the end. It was fun to watch and we are very proud of that performance."
The Bearcats have two more games remaining before America East play begins - both at home. First up is a Thursday night matchup with Bryant.
Courtesy: BU Athletics Department