BALTIMORE, Md. – After recognizing the team's four graduating seniors, two penalty kick goals by Gabby Boehmer and Preslie Quaranta helped the UMBC women's soccer team to a 3-1 victory over Binghamton on Thursday, Oct. 20. It was the first time that the have Retrievers defeated the Bearcats at home in the team's 15 meetings. UMBC moves to 6-9-1 overall and 2-4-1 in America East play, while Binghamton falls to 6-9-2 overall and 2-5-0 in conference play.
The Retrievers started off the scoring in the 26th minute when Preslie Quaranta lined a ball over a Binghamton defender's head over to her sister, Alexa Quaranta. From there, Alexa Quaranta broke away up a lane and shot the ball into the top left of the net.
After a missed penalty kicked opportunity in the 61st minute, UMBC would convert off of Boehmer's chance in the 72nd minute for a 2-0 lead almost halfway through the second period.
Binghamton would close the gap at 2-1 in the 81st minute however, when Leighann Bennett collected a deflected shot and launched it into an open net.
UMBC's final goal came in the 88th minute after a collision inside the box and the Retrievers' third penalty kick attempt was converted by Preslie Quaranta for the 3-1 win.
Binghamton and UMBC were close in shots, with the Bearcats holding a 15-13 advantage over the Retrievers. In goal, sophomore Leah Roth moved to 6-9-1 on the season after allowing only one goal and making four saves in five shots faces. Binghamton's Katie Hatziyianis picked up the loss and fell to 6-9-2 after allowing two goals while making seven saves. Haley Downin, who played the final 2:21 of the game after a red card was issued to Hatziyianis, allowed one goal after Preslie Quaranta's penalty kick.
UP NEXT FOR THE RETRIEVERS: UMBC will face its final game of the season on the road as they travel to reigning conference champion Albany on Sunday, Oct. 23. The game is set to kickoff at 1 p.m.