VESTAL, N.Y. – Two first-half goals by the Binghamton Bearcats proved to be too much for the UMBC women's soccer team as they fell, 3-0, on Thursday night at Bearcats Sports Complex in Vestal, N.Y. The Bearcats move to 8-3-3 overall and 2-2-0 in America East play, while the Retrievers fall to 2-7-3 overall and 0-3-0 in conference contests.
The Bearcats scored early in the first half as Kayla Saager collected a pass from Genna Michitti and placed the ball into the right corner of the net for the first goal of the game in the eighth minute.
Binghamton would score again in the 18th minute after Ryan Reilly crossed the ball towards the box and Dora Hayes was able to head the ball into the net off the run to take a 2-0 lead early in the game.
UMBC's best chances in the first period came off two shots from sophomore Nikki Saad (Hummelstown, Pa./Lower Dauphin) who sent two shots towards the net, but Binghamton's Mackenzie Hanna was able to make the saves.
Binghamton scored their final goal of the game in the 57th minute after Sam O'Malley sent a shot that hit off the crossbar and was punched out by goalkeeper Leah Roth (Valencia, Pa./Pine-Richland). After the ball went back into the playing field, Michitti tapped in the rebound to give the Bearcats a 3-0 lead.
Junior Wren Aye (Columbia, Md./St. John's College) sent a shot into the arms of Hanna in the 68th minute to give UMBC its best chance of scoring in the second period.
Overall, the Bearcats outshot the Retrievers, 15-3, with a 6-4 advantage on corner kicks. Saad led the team with two shots, while Saager and Hayes led all players with three.
In goal for the Bearcats, Hanna picked up the win after making three saves in all 90 minutes of play. Roth returned to the goal for the Retrievers, making five saves in 15 shots face.
NEXT UP FOR THE RETRIEVERS: UMBC will return to Retriever Soccer Park on Sunday, October 8 as they host the Hartford Hawks at 1 p.m. on Alumni Day.