Women's Soccer Loses Heartbreaker To Binghamton, 3-2
Sept. 28, 2003
AMHERST, Mass. - The University of Massachusetts women's soccer team lost a heartbreaker to Binghamton at rain-soaked Rudd Field, Sunday afternoon. The Minutewomen were unable to hold on to a 2-1 lead, as they surrendered two goals in the last nine minutes of play.
Massachusetts struck first when, in the 32nd minute of play, sophomore forward Adair Blyler (Lexington, Mass.) scored, unassisted, as she put away a loose ball in the penalty box. Binghamton tied the game in the 40th minute, as Vicky Vernicek took free-kick and shot it to the near post, past UMass senior goalkeeper Kelly Nigh (Seattle, Wash.).
The score remained knotted at one until the 51:47 mark, when a well-guarded Lindsey Fairweather (Kingston, Mass.) jumped above her defenders to score on a headball, off of a free-kick by Lindsey Bellini (Webster, N.Y.). The Minutwomen held their 2-1 lead until the 80:15 mark, when Danielle White took a loose ball into the box and scored, unassisted. The game-winning goal came a short time later, as Kelly Burnham scored on a headball off of a free kick by Vernicek.
Nigh finished the game with six saves, while Kristie Bowers made nine saves for the Bearcats.
The loss brings UMass to 2-4-1 on the year, while Binghamton improves to 6-4.
UMass will be in action next on Friday, Oct. 3, when they travel to George Washington. Kickoff is slated for 4:00 p.m.