DURHAM, N.H. - Emily Pape scored a contested goal in the seventh minute as the University of New Hampshire women's soccer team was narrowly beaten, 1-0, by Binghamton University in its regular-season finale on Senior Day at Cowell Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
The Wildcats close out the regular season at 4-13-1, including 3-5-0 in America East play, while the Bearcats finish 9-6-1 overall and 6-2-0 in the conference. UNH grabs the sixth seed for the America East Championship tournament that starts Thursday, and will take on No. 3 Maine at 2 p.m. Binghamton earns the No. 2 seed and has a bye to the semifinal round.
Just 6:43 into the contest, Binghamton scored the only goal it would wind up needing. Pape held the ball on the left side of the box before she fired a shot to the top left corner of the net that was just out of the reach of leaping senior goalkeeper Ally Yost (Langhorne, Pa.) and ricocheted off the bottom of the crossbar. The ball never appeared to pass the goal line and came back out into the box where Yost scooped it up to apparently end the Binghamton threat. The linesman on the far side, however, ruled the ball broke the plane and officially scored it a goal.
In the 60th minute, nearly the exact scenario unfolded again, but no goal was signaled. At the 59:39 mark, Dani Raske blasted a shot from 30 yards out on the right that Yost jumped for, but could not punch away. The ball again caromed off the bottom of the crossbar and out into the box where the Wildcats cleared it out of danger.
UNH's best chance came in the 77th minute when freshman Monique Lamotte (Tampa, Fla.) played a ball through the middle to senior Shaunna Kaplan (Framingham, Mass.). Binghamton goalkeeper Jen McEachron came out to play the ball and dove on it, but not before Kaplan kicked it loose. As Kaplan tracked the ball down and tried to settle it, however, McEachron had recovered and scooped up the ball as it rolled off of Kaplan's foot.
Yost made four saves for the Wildcats, while McEachron stopped two shots for the Bearcats.
Binghamton held a 13-7 advantage in shots, while corner kicks were even at four apiece.
The game marked the final regular-season contest for seniors Morgan Keefe (South Burlington, Vt.), Meg Wiley (Norwell, Mass.), Jenna Duncan (Ivyland, Pa.), Alex Hastings (Fort Collins, Colo.), Yost and Kaplan.
The Wildcats return to action Thursday, Oct. 29 at 2 p.m. when they head north to battle the University of Maine in the quarterfinal round of the America East tournament.