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Women's soccer edges FDU 2-1

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VESTAL, N.Y. - Junior forward Dora Hayes  netted the game-winner in the 61st minute and Binghamton women's soccer (6-2) remained unbeaten at home (4-0) with a 2-1 win over visiting Fairleigh Dickinson (1-4-3) Sunday afternoon at the Bearcats Sports Complex.

The Knights appeared to have gained momentum early in the second half with a penalty kick save and an equalizer goal in a 4+ minute span. But after a foul on the right side of the field, BU converted a free kick opportunity and Hayes cashed in for her second goal of the season.

On the play, sophomore forward Stefania Piantadosi was fouled and drew the whistle. Junior midfielder Ivana Pjetri drove the ensuing 35-yard direct kick toward the far post, where Hayes slipped her mark and headed it past the rushing keeper from eight yards away. Sophomore outside back Kayla MacKenzie's takeaway just inside the center line started the possession for the Bearcats. 

Less than nine minutes earlier, FDU had tied the game when a floating chip into the box resulted in a rebound goal amid a crowd of players. Sophomore keeper Haylee Poltorak made the initial point-blank foot save but a Knights forward tapped in the rebound to even the game at 1-1.

Back in the 26th minute, BU got on the board when Pjetri settled a clearing attempt and slipped a ball through to Piantadosi. Her first shot was stifled by the FDU keeper but Piantadosi cashed in the second attempt while sliding to the ground. It was her second tally of the season and gave BU a 1-0 halftime lead.

Hayes showed her resilience after missing an opportunity to give BU a 2-0 lead just 2:02 into the second half. After Pjetri was taken down inside the box, Hayes had her penalty kick stopped by a diving FDU keeper - a save that kept BU from doubling its lead. 

Before the game, BU honored its six graduating seniors: Abby WickLauren SpinnatoRyan ReillySam O'MalleySydney Corda and Barbara Badeer

Binghamton concludes its non-conference schedule Wednesday with a night game at Cornell.