The Stony Brook women recorded their second consecutive home shutout. (Photo courtesy of Stony Brook SID)
STONY BROOK, N.Y. — The Stony Brook University women made it back-to-back shutout victories at home with a 4-0 win over Binghamton University at LaValle Stadium Thursday night.
Senior Julie Johnstonbaugh put away two goals midway through the first half to spark the Seawolves (8-5-1, 3-0-1) in league play, while Binghamton now sits at 7-4-2, 2-2-0 in the America East.
The Seawolves remain on track for their best start in America East play since the 2009 season.
“It was great to get another result tonight against a really good Binghamton team,” head coach Brendan Faherty said. “They are a dangerous team that caused us some problems at the start of the game and in the beginning of the second half, but we were fortunate to be able to finish our chances. It was great to get a shutout and score some more goals, and I think again we were able to show the depth of our team.”
Johnstonbaugh (Neshanic Station, N.J.) got Stony Brook on the board as she knocked in a cross from the left end-line by sophomore Fanny Gotesson (Varnamo, Sweden) in the 25th minute.
Only two minutes later Gotesson got the ball in the left corner again and sent it into the box to Johnstonbaugh, who buried the redirect on nearly the same exact play.
In the 63rd minute, sophomore Kimmy Chavkin (Franklin, N.J.) headed the ball down to Johnstonbaugh, who brought it inside the 18 and sent a pass across the field to a crashing Gotesson, who got a foot on it while in the air and put away a goal of her own.
Chavkin again set up a goal in the 78th minute as she slipped a pass through the defense to sophomore Rachel Florenz (East Islip, N.Y.), who took two dribbles and sent her shot into the bottom right corner of the goal.
Stony Brook sophomore goalkeeper Sofia Manner (Helsinki, Finland) had a strong night in goal, finishing with seven saves.
The Seawolves travel to the University of New Hampshire Sunday for a 2 p.m. match.