UAlbany Women's Soccer Felled 1-0 vs. Binghamton in Double OT
Women’s Soccer Score: Binghamton 1, UAlbany 0 (2OT)
Location: Albany, N.Y. – Tom & Mary Casey Stadium
Records: UAlbany (3-8, 1-1 AE), Binghamton (7-3-2, 1-1 AE)
Short Story: The UAlbany women’s soccer team held the line for over 102 minutes against Binghamton, but fell 1-0 after a double overtime golden goal by Kayla Saager.
- UAlbany: Gina Bracamonte had the most shots for UAlbany with three, putting two on goal, with five Great Danes in total having a shot on cage. Andrea Leitner had the loss in goal with three saves.
- Binghamton: Kayla Saager’s unassisted goal in the 103rd minute was her ninth of the season. Katie Hatziyianis earned the victory in goal, saving six shots.
- 102’ Binghamton goal – Ball comes to Kayla Saager around two defenders. She dribbled, turned and kicked toward the right post for the goal.
Quote: “At the end of the day, we fought and battled. Credit to Binghamton, they came in and worked very hard and did not let us get comfortable. We were not at the level we wanted to be tonight, but we will get better, and we are looking forward to Sunday.” – UAlbany head coach Nick Bochette
Recap: The UAlbany women’s soccer team had a strong defensive effort against an aggressive Binghamton team to force double overtime, but fell to the Bearcats 1-0 on Thursday night with Kayla Saager’s 103rd minute goal being the difference.
The two sides went back and forth in the first half, with neither creating a dangerous scoring chance. Kimberly Dieroff sent a shot towards the right post in minute six, with Katie Hatziyianis making the save. Three minutes later, Binghamton sent a corner into the box, with a header by Erin Theiller missing high. Gina Bracamonte sent a long range shot to the cage in minute 22 as Binghamton saved it. UAlbany did not allow a shot on goal in the entire half, going into the locker room tied at zero.
Binghamton had a barrage of corner kicks to begin the second half after Andrea Leitner saved a breakaway shot close range from Lauren Spinnato. Binghamton had a couple of close calls close range, with shots from Cary Barnett and Ryan Reilly going off-cage. Caroline Kopp led a counter attack the other way with a 2-on-3 in the 69th minute, sending a ball to Miranda Badovinac for a shot and save. Leitner held against a couple more Saager shots to send the game into overtime at 0-0.
Binghamton had the first look in the first overtime as a shot from Saager hit the top of the crossbar three minutes in. Off a free kick in the 98th minute, Kopp fired a laser towards the cage, with Hatziyianis making the save, sending the teams to double overtime. In the 103rd minute, Saager got the ball, turned and took a shot, scoring inside the right post for the golden goal, giving Binghamton a 1-0 victory.
UAlbany hits the road on Sunday, October 1st, taking on New Hampshire at 2 p.m. in Durham.