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August 31, 2013

Girls soccer: Shikellamy starts season off with dramatic OT win

Shikellamy soph tallies in overtime

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After a tripping call in the box went against East Juniata in a 2-all game in the 51st minute, Bingaman counted out her steps for a penalty kick try.

Striking the ball, Bingaman found an opening on the right side of the net as Hunter dove left in anticipation. The goal put the Braves on top 3-2 with 29:43 left on the clock for an upset win.

Lining up for the kick, Bingaman perhaps realized the magnitude of the next 30 seconds on a tight game.

"(I) couldn't breathe," she said. "I didn't know which way (the goalie) was going. I just knew I needed to finish the (penalty kick) for my team."

Bingaman -- one of the senior leaders on a young Braves team -- scored the first Shikellamy goal of the game on a free kick in the first half.

With a touch from Cheyenne Tumulo, Bingaman angled a ball through the defense and into the low right corner of the goal.

Among the youth movement for the Braves is goalkeeper Kaitlyn Harmon. The freshman made key saves to keep the Braves in the lead or keep the game tied.

"She's not afraid to go for the ball," Sivillo said. "She has good judgment and she really stepped it up."

East Juniata got on the board midway through the first half on a ball that was deflected and saved multiple times before Amber Knouse knocked it in for a 1-0 Tigers' lead. Bingaman answered six minutes later to tie the game before Knouse showed her wheels.

Knouse outran the defense and beat Harmon low to put East Juniata back on top at the 10:35 mark in the first.

Shikellamy answered in the final 90 seconds of the half with Graybill knocking the ball into an open net after it was deflected past Hunter.

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