The Pioneer women's soccer team scored twice on corner kicks en route to a 3-2 victory over Binghamton Sunday afternoon at Campus Field. Samantha Kee (Haskell, NJ) notched her third and fourth goals of 2010 while Heather Quevillion (Dayville, CT) put in the other SHU marker. Sacred Heart outshot the Bearcats 14-4 overall and have won three of the first four games this season.
Sacred Heart (3-1-0) opened the scoring line early as Kee slotted home the icebreaker 2:49 into the contest. Junior Amanda Stiles (Miller Place, NY) earned the assist after sliding a cross over from the top of the 18 yard box to Kee, who put the ball into the left side of the net.
Binghamton (0-2-0) evened the tally at the 24:52 mark when Kerry Sullivan headed in a cross from Sarah Furminger. The Pioneers responded just 2:12 later as Kee struck for her second goal of the match. Freshman Alyssa Brandofino (East Northport, NY) swung in a corner kick that Kee headed home to push SHU back in front 2-1. That would be the score going into the locker room as neither team would be able to generate any more offense.
SHU freshman Lucy Gildein (Topsfield, MA) put two shots on goal early in the second half but both efforts were stopped by Bearcat netminder Carrie Martin. Kee made a bid for the hat trick 10 minutes into the second stanza but Martin made a diving save on the hard long range shot. The Pioneers would make it a 3-1 affair shortly later on another goal from set pieces. Quevillion volleyed home a corner kick put into the box by Leigh Dogmanits (Walnutport, PA) with 27:20 on the clock, moving the score to 3-1.
The Bearcats closed the gap to 3-2 with 19 minutes remaining in regulation, capitalizing on an error by the Sacred Heart defense. Binghamton forward Kaitlyn Cook picked up her first goal of the year after slipping behind the SHU back line. The Pioneers came within inches of pushing the lead back to two goals as Dogmanits stung a header towards the right post. The Bearcat keeper dove full extension to slap the ball wide and keep her team within striking distance.
Binghamton had the better scoring opportunites down the stretch but would be unable to find an equalizer. Stefani Knopick put a dangerous ball across the face of the goal at the 3:35 mark but no one would be able to direct it in. Just 30 seconds later Candace Howard found herself alone in the penalty box but lifted her shot over the bar. SHU defended well the rest of the way down the stretch to pick up the 3-2 victory and complete a perfect 2-0-0 weekend at Campus Field.
The women's soccer team takes to the road next weekend for the first road game of 2010. Sacred Heart travels to Orono, ME to take on another America East opponent in Maine.