If we were surprised by Coach Burke's harsh words of disappointment following the Women’s Soccer team’s home opening 3-1 win over St. Bonaventure, today's match versus Binghamton provides fewer mixed messages.
The Bearcats weathered an early Carissima Cutrona goal, equalized before the end of the first half and held on for 80 more minutes to earn a lopsided 1-1 draw.
Much like last year's game between the teams, UB dominated possession in this one, finishing regulation with a 23-7 advantage in shots and a 12-1 advantage in corner kicks and the game with 25 shots, only 9 of which were on goal.
The Bulls just couldn't find the net, however, at one point going 45 minutes without forcing a save despite ten shots and six corner kicks in that span. From those 12 corners, UB generated just three shots, none of which were on target.
Cassie Betancourt, starting her second consecutive game in net, was rarely tested and made four saves in the tie.
Celina Carrero earned the assist on Cutrona's opening goal, and the expected names racked up shots, but all around it was a frustrating game. A friend at the game told us that Binghamton wasn't particularly parking the bus and playing for a draw after evening the score, which makes UB's troubles all the more puzzling.
America East provided a video stream that was unfortunately exceptionally poor quality, but if it's any better on replay we'll try to glean further insights.
The Bulls are next in action Thursday at UB Stadium, where they take on Brown at 7:00 PM.