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Women's soccer beats Vermont 3-2 in AE opener

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VESTAL, N.Y. - Binghamton women's soccer (7-2-1, 1-0 America East) shook off an early conceded goal and scored three straight en route to a 3-2 win over visiting Vermont (2-5-1, 0-1 AE) Sunday afternoon in the America East opener for both teams at the Bearcats Sports Complex. 

The victory snapped BU's five-game losing skid against the Catamounts and kept the Bearcats unbeaten at home (5-0) this season. The win also allowed Binghamton to equal its win total from all of last season, still with seven regular season games remaining.  

"It was a good spirit from the team today," head coach Neel Bhattacharjee said. "What I love is the fight the team showed after giving up that early goal. In certain moments, we got good penetration and got two quality goals in the first half. And then added a third goal in the second half, which proved to be very important. I'm proud of the result for a few reasons ... it's tough to get three points (for a win) in this conference. And I'm happy that we continued to protect our home turf and also happy to get a result against Vermont, given our recent history against them."  

Vermont opened the scoring just 5:20 into the contest when center back Christina Barry got position and knocked in a corner kick from close range. 

But BU came roaring back with two goals in an 11-minute span to take a 2-1 lead into halftime. Junior forward Dora Hayes scored a highlight-reel goal to tie the game in the 11th minute. She began a dribble from the left sideline across into the middle and ripped a 35-yard shot to the upper right netting. It was Hayes' third goal of the season. 

Then in the 22nd minute, junior midfielder Ivana Pjetri took a feed from freshman Olivia McKnight and sent a sharp cross in from the left endline. It found its way to the feet of Hayes, whose shot was stopped by the Vermont keeper. But the rebound rolled to junior forward Essie Bonney, who banged it into the top netting while falling down. The goal was Bonney's team-high fifth of the season. 

Up 2-1, BU struck just 3:12 into the second half when Bonney sent sophomore Stefania Piantadosi loose on the right with a nice ball. Piantadosi's precise cross was hammered home from the doorstep by Pjetri - her first tally of the season.

The Catamounts scored a goal on a counter attack in the 84th minute and kept BU on its toes in the closing minutes before the final whistle sounded.

Binghamton held a 14-6 shots advantage.

The Bearcats continue conference play next weekend when they travel to Durham to face New Hampshire.

Courtesy: Binghamton University Athletics