Women's Soccer Ties Binghamton 0-0
Score: UAlbany 0, Binghamton 0 (2OT)
Location: Tom & Mary Casey Stadium in Albany, N.Y.
Records: UAlbany (5-3-3, 2-0-1 AE); Binghamton (8-2-2, 2-0-1 AE)
Short story: UAlbany plays Binghamton to a scoreless, double-overtime tie on Faculty Appreciation Night in the Great Danes’ fifth game at home in their last six matches, heading into the final non-conference game of the regular season on Tuesday.
- UAlbany outshot Binghamton 7-3 in the first half, and 21-12 overall
- UAlbany outshot Binghamton 5-2 in overtime
- Sophia Chen made six saves
- Binghamton committed 22 fouls to UAlbany’s nine
- UAlbany is unbeaten in its last eight games
Coach Bochette: “I honestly believe that was our best performance of the entire year. I think across the board the women did an excellent job creating chances, limiting Binghamton’s chances, and getting into good places. I can’t really point to one thing we’re unhappy about, except for not getting the full three points out of it. We created lots of chances and we were a nuisance to them all game. That was the best game we saw from out midfield all year, and our defense was in complete control of things as we played. It’s just one of those where it’s a pity to get a full three points out of it. I thought Binghamton displayed some really good soccer tonight, and they showed why they have eight wins this season. They did very well and eventually created some chances of their own. I think there’s a top two-to-four teams in the running to win the conference and you saw tonight Binghamton is very much in the discussion.”
Chen: “I was hoping we would score more, but we did have our opportunities. I thought we played well, and we moved the ball well, but we just couldn’t find it at the end of the game. I think. Making some of those save tonight really helped me out because I didn’t see the ball a lot in the first half and it helped me stay warm and stay focused. We were ready for them to shoot long, so I had to stay aware of that. We’ve been playing well so hopefully we can bounce back and get the win on Tuesday.”
The University at Albany women’s soccer program hosted Binghamton Thursday night in a matchup featuring the two teams tied atop the America East standings with six points each. The Great Danes played the Bearcats to a 0-0 tie after two overtime periods, maintaining the gridlock atop the conference standings.
UAlbany’s best scoring chance in the first half came on a set piece when Christina Cernuto served the ball deep into the Binghamton box right onto Sahara Zingano’s left foot. Zingano’s touch just missed the mark, with her shot rebounding to Jada Colbert, whose point-blank attempt sailed high over the crossbar.
Binghamton goalkeeper Haylee Poltorak made four saves in the first half, keeping the Great Danes scoreless. UAlbany goalkeeper Sophia Chen, making her eighth-straight start, was tested just once, and the teams entered halftime tied at zero.
After narrowly controlling possession in the first half, the Bearcats saw their possession advantage swing towards UAlbany after halftime. The Great Danes maintained their offensive pressure, taking nine shots in the second half. The intensity was matched by Binghamton’s seven shots in the second 45 minutes.
Chen made three goal-saving saves in the second half, in the 65th, 76th, 89th minute. Chen finished the game with six saves overall, tied with Poltorak.
For the second time in three games, and third game overall this season, the Great Danes headed to overtime. In each instance, including Thursday, the extra time did not allow for a winner to be determined.
Leah Pais ripped a shot from deep off the crossbar in the second overtime, just out of reach of Poltorak’s outstretched hand. Ultimately, neither team was able to break through and the game ended in a scoreless tie.
Up next: UAlbany visits Yale on Tuesday, October 8 for the final nonconference game of the regular season. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.