BALTIMORE – UMBC women's soccer's junior goalkeeper Jen Nance (Millersville, Md./Severna Park) registered nine saves in the Retrievers' regular-season finale, but it was not enough, as Binghamton kept its America East Championship hopes alive with a 1-0 double-overtime victory on Sunday afternoon at Retriever Soccer Park.
Binghamton's freshman forward Patricia Hanley registered her first collegiate goal for the game-winner in the 103rd minute. The shot came off a pass from junior forward Katherine Corcoran and marked the fourth shot of the second overtime for the Bearcats. The victory gives BU a berth in the America East Championships as the No. 6 seed.
UMBC, who celebrated its five seniors today on Senior Day, were unable to celebrate a second straight America East regular-season title, dropping to the No. 2 seed in the upcoming America East Championships. The Retrievers conclude the regular season with a 12-4-2 overall record and a 4-2-2 mark in league play, while Binghamton improves to 7-9-2 overall and 3-3-2 in America East action.
The Retrievers had their fair share of chances throughout the contest to solidify the tournament's top seed. A pair of the Retriever seniors set up a golden opportunity in the 25th minute when senior back Morgan Taylor (Severna Park, Md./Severna Park) curved a pass to classmate Lilly Rydon (Adelaide, South Australia/Concordia College). With a step on the rest of the pack, Rydon was able to get a shot off as a pair of defenders collapsed on her, but her attempt sailed wide left to keep the game scoreless.
The Retrievers came close twice more before the end of the first half, the first attempt coming off a cross into the box from sophomore forward Amanda Dailey (Freehold, N.J./Freehold Towsnhip/Monmouth), but red-shirt freshman Destinee Morris' (La Plata, Md./La Plata) chipped shot drilled off the cross bar in the 42nd minute. Dailey set up a second opportunity in the closing minutes of the stanza, sending in a centering pass for senior midfielder Jessy Brown (Plantation, Fla./American Heritage), but Brown was unable to get a real touch on the ball, allowing the easy save for Binghamton goalkeeper Gaby Gold.
Nance did not make it easy on the Bearcats, snagging six saves during regulation and adding a huge stop on a shot from the top of the box by freshman midfielder Valerie McNamara with 5:34 remaining in the first overtime.
The Bearcats accounted for all four shots in the fourth overtime, with Hanley's attempt sneaking past Nance for just the 11th goal allowed on the season for the junior keeper.
-Seniors Jessy Brown and Paige Preston both moved up on UMBC's all-time games played list with their appearances versus Binghamton. Brown is tied for first all-time at UMBC in games played (75), while Preston is tied for seventh (71).
On the Horizon
-The Retrievers earned a quarterfinal bye and will return to action in the semifinals on Sunday, Nov. 2 at 1 p.m. at Retriever Soccer Park, taking on the winner of No. 3 New Hampshire and No. 6 Binghamton (Thursday, Oct. 30 at 7 p.m.). No. 1 Hartford awaits the winner of No. 4 Albany and No. 5 Maine (Thursday, Oct. 30 at 7 p.m.).