The Stony Brook women’s soccer team looked as if they were destined for another tie when their Sunday afternoon game against Binghamton was knotted at zero. In the calmest of moments, that changed, as a second-half goal put Stony Brook ahead for nearly the entire game.
“Nearly” is the key word.
With just 17 seconds left in regulation, the ball fell to the foot of Bearcat Rebecca Raber, who buried a shot past redshirt senior Ashley Castanio to break the Seawolves hearts and send affairs into overtime.
It took a great deal of mental recovery, but Stony Brook would come out of the game with an important 2-1 victory, capped off by a game-winner in double overtime by Regan Bosnyak.
Both the Seawolves and the Bearcats had room to work in early on at Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium, getting plenty of shots off throughout the contest. Whether they were on goal or dangerous in any way was a different question.
From twenty to thirty yards out, any attempt was doomed before it even left their respective kicker’s foot.
That was until sophomore forward Leah Yurko got the ball in the second half.
In the 64th minute, Yurko, who earlier came on to replace redshirt sophomore Raven Edwards, got the ball on the far side of the box, working her way towards the center of the field from the end line. She aimed far post, snuck it past Binghamton goalkeeper Katie Hatziyianis and banked it off the bar to put Stony Brook in the lead.
From there on out, the pace seemingly slowed down, as play went from spending a good chunk of time in the attacking third of the Bearcats to the Seawolves’ offensive third.
It looked as though Stony Brook would hold on for their first America East win of the conference tab, but out of nowhere, Binghamton struck.
Raber’s shot silenced the Seawolves faithful, and sent any Bearcats fans into attendance into a frenzy.
“It’s the game,” coach Sue Ryan said. “You have to play for 90 minutes.”
Binghamton proved that, needing only a flash to waste 89 minutes of solid Stony Brook effort out there.
Ryan’s team would need a goal in overtime to dig their teeth into the conference standings. In the first overtime however, there were not many chances, the only major opportunity going to Binghamton.
With just about a minute left, a cross came flying towards Castanio’s goal, with a Binghamton forward gaining a step on her defender. She did not manage to get a foot on the ball, however, sending the game to a second overtime period.
Not much unlike the first overtime, the second did not have any outstanding scoring chances at first. Back and forth the Seawolves and Bearcats went, both pushing the tempo up and down the pitch. With three minutes left on the clock, Stony Brook had a free kick.
When the Seawolves merely passed the ball instead of sending it into the box, it looked like another stalled play, until a cross did get thrown into a crowded box.
“That requires three pieces of execution,” Ryan said. “It is something that we practice, but against a live team in overtime that’s tough to pull off and our team did it really well.”
Waiting for it was redshirt junior Bosnyak, who buried the ball to make amends for Stony Brook’s end-of-regulation heartbreak.
“I saw the ball and I just went for it,” Bosnyak said. “Honestly, I just blacked out.”
It was a heck of a blackout for the midfielder, that is for sure.
The win took advantage of a quiet week in the America East, when many teams drew, keeping anybody from getting too far ahead of the Seawolves.
Castanio had a big game, making 11 saves against an onslaught of distance shots from the Bearcats.
The Seawolves stay home to take on America East rival Vermont on Thursday night at 7 p.m., in Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium.