Binghamton University Women's Soccer Keeps Perfect Record At HomePosted: Updated:
VESTAL, N.Y. - Senior forward Kayla Saager broke through with the game-winner 3:06 into the first overtime period to lift Binghamton Women's soccer (4-3-2) to a 1-0 win over visiting Bryant (3-4) on a sweltering Thursday night at the Bearcats Sports Complex. The victory improves BU's record to 4-0 at home this season.
With her back to the goal, Saager took a feed from sophomore midfielder Ivana Pjetri, spun and split two defenders before ripping an eight-yard shot past the keeper. It was her conference-best sixth goal of the season and second game-winner.
Binghamton held a 12-5 shots cushion and kept possession throughout much of the game but couldn't break through in regulation.
On an early evening that featured sun, mid-80s temperatures and a stream of subs, Bryant used 21 players and BU countered with 18.
"It wasn't our prettiest performance but we got a win," head coach Neel Bhattacharjee said. "There were a couple of things that we didn't execute in our game plan. But give credit to Bryant ... their kids competed like lions for the full 93 minutes and we had to work to get the win. So we're happy to get that result."
Freshman keeper Haylee Poltorak made four saves to record her second solo shutout. She lowered her season goals against average to 0.69. Poltorak did have to make two point-blank saves to keep the game scoreless in regulation. The first came in the 57th minute from six yards out. Then with just over 11 minutes remaining in the second half, she had to dive to stop another close-range Bulldogs chance.
The Bearcats host LIU Brooklyn at 1 p.m. on Sunday and pregame the team will honor its three seniors: Kaycee Pickard, Patty Loonie and Kayla Saager.