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Binghamton women’s soccer prepares for conference semifinals

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VESTAL (WBNG) -- For the third time in four years, the Binghamton women's soccer team is heading to the America East conference playoffs.

"This is what we've been practicing and playing so hard for the last year and a half," said Nicole Scudero. "It's been our goal to get here and we just need to finish up to bring home an America East championship."

The Bearcats are heading into the playoffs with a four game winning streak with three of those being shutouts.

On the defensive side, Binghamton has only allowed three goals all season.

Head coach Neel Bhattacharjee said the Bearcats backline and goalkeeping has been a major strength this season.

"Whether it's providing a voice of leadership or organization in the back or sometimes just making that last second save where you're getting your toe on it," said Bhattacharjee. "They've been great for us this whole season and we get a lot of work and strength from defensive stuff that we do."

Just ahead of Binghamton traveling for the playoffs, six Bearcats were honored by the America East Conference.

Erin Theiller and Olivia McKnight were named first team All-Conference. Scudero, Stefania Piantadosi, and Haylee Polterak were named second team. Victoria McKnight was named All-Rookie team.

Polterak said it's huge to be honored but she wouldn't be in this position without her teammates.

"Between my backline being there for me every single game that comes from forwards, midfields to everything," said Polterak. "Everyone has stepped up to the plate and that's the reason we all feel accomplished this year and have gotten as far as we got."

Binghamton faces UMass Lowell on the road Thursday at 2 p.m.

Robyn Hearn

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